I am strongly considering ankle and calf liposuction after 25 years of hiding my legs. I know some people are not ideal candidates but I want to make sure I am before I get my hopes built up. I also wish to know how much of a difference it will make and if it is worth the $6500 I have been quoted. Also, is weight gain in that area common if one maintains their weight? I am a fit 25 year old female, 5'5 and 120lbs who exercises daily.
Ankle and Calf Liposuction? (photo)
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Microliposuction of the calves and ankles can produce dramatic result.
1) You did not post a picture of the back of your legs, which is a critical view. But from the pictures you do show, I think this procedure will help you. We have not seen recurrent fullness in the ankles with weight gain.
2) Few plastic surgeons seem interested in becoming expert with the calves and ankles, which is puzzling. There are many women whose lives can be changed for the better, because as you say, they can stop hiding their legs. These are some of the most grateful patients.
3) There are a couple of things special about these areas. Very unforgiving, so technique has to be meticulous. You need a good eye and very tiny (2 millimeter) cannulas. Also, must wear custom fitted compression stockings for two weeks to prevent prolonged swelling.
Liposuction of the calfs and ankles can be very effective as even a small amount of fat removal in these areas can make a big difference. Expect the swelling of the lower calfs and ankles to persist for months before you see the benefits of these liposuction efforts.
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Calf and ankle liposuction are not the most common areas requested for liposuction. A good candidate for liposuction of this area would have pinchable fat of the the areas to be liposuctioned. Contouring is performed with specialized small cannulas. Done appropriately there can be significant improvement in the shape of your lower legs.
Calf and ankle liposuctions can really make a great improvement when done right.
Calf and ankle liposuctions can really change a person's life when they get a great job done but unfortunately there are not many out there that can do the quality of work you need. I love doing them and it is easy to go through under local anesthesia to shape and sculpt calves and ankles. You need the micro canulas to even attempt this procedure and the doc should have lots of experience doing these areas. Your chances of getting great results with liposuctions go way up when you see a board certified dermatologic surgeon. Sincerely,
Liposuction of Calves and Ankles?
Thank you for the question and pictures. Based on your pictures, I understand your concerns about “no shape”. However, I would caution you to be very careful about proceeding with surgery. Make sure you do your due diligence and select a board certified plastic surgeon who can demonstrate significant experience helping patients achieve the results you are looking for.
Frankly, if I were seeing you consultation, knowing the limitations as well as the potential risks/complications associated with liposuction surgery (for patients with your anatomy) I would do my best to talk you out of surgery.
Ankle and Calf Liposuction?
Ankle and calf liposuction candidates are best determined with a physical exam as the difference between an adequate and suboptimal candidate can be subtle. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of liposuction procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
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this is a tough area for Liposuction as the fat is very fibrous in the ankles. Its best done with micro-cannulas and under tumescent Liposuction. if not performed adequately it can lead to defects that are very difficult to correct
Ankle & Calf Liposuction
Calf liposuction is not commonly done as the results are not as reproducible as in other areas. The ankle is even less likely to get good results. I would agree with Dr Pousti's comments below. However, looking at your side view, perhaps a calf implant may make the ankles appear more proportional and give more definition to you legs.
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