I have what seems to be at least 10-15 lbs of extra fat on my calves. What's a safe/effective way to remove the fat?

I am 5'5 about 150, where majority of my weight is concentrated in my calves and thighs. I was diagnosed with lipedema . My upper body is fairly thin. Diet and excercise is doing little to nothing in reducing the weight.

Doctor Answers 2

Circumferential Liposuction is the Answer

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We see this condition frequently and circumferential liposuction performed with thin cannulae gives very good results, allowing the patients to wear boots, etc. I doubt your condition is lipedema, most people have just too much fat.


Birmingham Plastic Surgeon

Calf and Ankle Liposuction

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When looking for a surgeon for something very specific, such as liposuction of the calves and ankles, it is important to find a doctor who routinely performs the procedure and who can show you before and after pictures of patients that they have operated on. These images will not only give you a sense of the surgeon’s skill, but will help you to better visualize the procedure for yourself.

Liposuction as an outpatient procedure under I.V. sedation can reduce the bulge that some people have in their ankles and restore a more shapely leg. Unlike other areas of the body the ankles and calves  require a certain delicacy which is why I use several innovative forms of liposuction, including SmartLipo, to contour and resculpture the area while providing the most beautiful results with minimal scarring. SmartLipo, used in combination with other forms of liposuction or alone, is a procedure that uses laser light to liquefy fat and tighten the surrounding skin. It’s thought to  involve less downtime and side-effects than traditional liposuction and is particularly good for small areas of fat deposits like the ankles. New technology that's gentler and faster than ever before not only allows the removal of fat, but also resculpts the legs.

Michelle Copeland, MD, DMD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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