Women with thick calves and ankles are often helped by liposuction to these areas.
The goal is to reduce the bulk of the calf and make the lower leg look slender and longer. The ideal lower leg should taper all the way down to the ankle, with good definition around the Achilles tendon rising up from the ankle. Liposuction can achieve all of these.
Small amounts of fat removal can change the shape of the ankle dramatically.
Sometimes there are hereditary collections of fat in these areas and removal of these can reduce the circumference of the ankle by half.
In some women the thickness in lower calves and ankles (often referred to as "cankles") is actually due to muscle rather than fat. An ultrasound performed at Palm Clinic in Auckland can differentiate between muscle and fat in order to define suitability for the procedure.
Liposuction with very fine cannnulas can ensure a precise sculpting effect producing thinner ankles and calves.
It is usual to perform liposuction to the whole of the calves and ankles as fat is usually distributed evenly along the lower leg, however in some circumstances the ultrasound may demonstrate that the fat is localised to the ankle area only.
More genuine before and after photo's of liposuction can be viewed in our before & after image gallery.
There are usually 2-3 small 5mm wide access holes at the base of the ankle. These are sutured after the procedure and heal quickly afterwards.
A special stocking is used after ankle and calf liposuction. This area is prone to swell following the procedure and the stocking is usually required for a period of four weeks.
Most procedures for the calves and ankles take from between 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
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Please note that individual results may vary from patient to patient, and the information provided on our website is only a guidance to the possible results.