The distribution and amount of fat on a woman’s legs are partially predetermined by genetics. And, with genetics playing a role, no amount of diet or exercise can significantly change the shape.
For some women, this poses no problem. However, other women feel that the amount of fat on their legs is disproportionate to the rest of the body, leaving them feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed. These feelings may limit their clothing choices and even activities. For these women, liposuction may be an excellent option.
There are various forms of lower leg liposuction:
- calf liposuction
- ankle liposuction (cankle surgery)
- knee liposuction
If you’d like more information on liposuction for the upper leg or thigh, please see our page on thigh liposuction here.
Liposuction of the lower leg does require some careful consideration. For example, there are particular areas holding nerve and blood vessels that are vulnerable to injury and hence must be not be operated on. Also, it is essential that the surgeon leaves several tiny holes for open drainage of the lower leg and ankles to reduce excessive swelling or bruising.
“Cankles” is simply a cute term for a lack of definition between calves and ankles, so they merge into one ‘cankle’. This can be treated with tumescent liposuction using a fine cannula.
Lower leg liposuction: the procedure
Your liposuction procedure will be performed in an accredited day surgery in South Yarra under local anaesthetic. You’ll be given a light sedative to relax you. If desired, for further sedation, you can opt for twilight sedation. With lower leg liposuction, some women are left with prolonged swelling, so the procedure is best performed in the winter months, where you can comfortably wear the required compression pantyhose for at least six weeks.
After the procedure
After the procedure, you will be given compression bandages to help control the swelling. You’ll be encouraged to walk gently during the first few days following the surgery to encourage drainage and minimise any swelling.
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