I Have Very Large Calves, is There Anyway to Reduce Them? I Can't Find Boots to Fit!

Doctor Answers 5

Liposuction of Calves

   Liposuction of the calves can be performed, but an examination will be necessary to determine if you are a suitable candidate.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Calf Liposuction

 Yes, liposuction is the gold standard for treatment of large calves. Patients often complain of being unable to fit into boots, and liposuction of the calves is the best way to fix this.

John A. Perrotti, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Calf Liposuction

Liposuction can be performed on the calves, only if there is excess fat on them. If your calves are large due to muscle, then unfortunately liposuction cannot help. Please see a plastic surgeon in person for a more reliable assessment.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Calves and ankles do great with micro cannula liposculpture.

Liposuction of the calves and ankles do great and must be done by a skilled surgeon. It is done under local tumescent liposuction with micro canulas for roughly $4-5,000 on special and is so worth it. Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Get smaller calves

Yes. These are the 2 great ways to reduce your calves  - ballet dancing and liposuction.

Liposuction works very well. A few things to know:

  • the surgeon needs to be careful - removing too much will leave skin loose.
  • it hurts more than most liposuction - you'll be out of commission for 10 - 14 days.
  • you need to wear compression stockings for 6 weeks.
  • if possible, rent an alternating compression device from your pharmacy to use on your legs. It reduces swelling and the risk of blood clots.

Hope this helps!


Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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