While bulkiness in the calves is mostly caused by muscle, there are some cases in which excess fat has built up in the calves, contributing to an overly large appearance. In these cases, liposuction may be a great option for patients looking to bring a more slender, pleasing appearance to their calves. When it comes to reducing calf size, liposuction is a somewhat specialized technique. Our expertise in calf liposuction allows us to show the beautiful, true shape of your calves.
Calf Liposuction Overview
Leg liposuction is a technique that allows cosmetic surgeons to remove stubborn layers of fat that cannot be handled with diet and exercise. It works by painlessly melting the fat so it can be removed by a device called a cannula—a suction tube that removes the fat through a tiny pinhole incision. Liposuction is most commonly applied to the stomach, love handles and upper arms.
Just like any part of the body, the calves have a very particular way of storing fat. Left unchecked, this fat can build up and create a swollen, dimpled appearance in the calves. Liposuction is the only method of calf reduction that will handle this condition.
Calf liposuction can effectively handle the following:
- Full or bulky lower legs
- Lack of definition of the Achilles tendon
- Thick ankles
For patients considering calf liposuction, we understand the importance of full education before making a decision. For this reason, our first priority is ensuring all your questions are answered during an initial consultation. During the consultation, our doctors will also perform a series of examinations. In this way, we can lend our professional opinion and make recommendations for you to consider. Overall, the experience is meant to be one of learning. Our intention is to educate, not sell you on the latest procedure. If you end up deciding to undergo calf liposuction, it will be among the most caring cosmetic treatments available.
Calf Liposuction Procedure
Prior to your calf liposuction, your doctor will mark out which portions of the calf will be reduced. In some cases, the liposuction may apply to the overall size of the calf. In other cases, the liposuction may target specific areas to give the calf a more pleasing shape.
Calf liposuction begins with a tiny pinhole incision made where the fat will be removed. Once the incision has been made, a cannula is inserted into the incision to access the fat. By using a smooth back and forth motion, he warms and breaks up the fat, allowing it to be easily suctioned out by the cannula. The procedure can take anywhere from one to two hours.
Liposuction is perfect for calf reduction, because it is not intended to be an overall weight loss method. It effectively handles stubborn pockets of fat that can’t be eliminated with diet and exercise. Fat in the ankles and calves is the perfect candidate, and our doctors perform thier work with precision and refinement to give you smooth, more slender calves.
For more centralized parts of the body, such as the abdomen or back, liposuction is often done under general anesthesia. However, because of the nature of calf liposuction, it is usually done with only local anesthesia. After applying a numbing topical cream, your doctor will inject local anesthetic, consulting you the whole time to ensure maximum comfort.
Leg Liposuction Advantages
There are several methods of calf reduction, each one taking a unique approach to the patient. Depending on your exact case, one method may be better than another. In some cases, two methods are combined to get the best results. A consultation with the Calf Reduction Center in Los Angeles will determine which method will be best for you. In the meantime, here are advantages associated with calf liposuction:
- Permanent result
- Minimal scarring
- Minimal recovery time, lasting usually 3 days
- Effectively handles thickness in the calves
- Effectively handles thick ankles
Calf liposuction offers one of the most effective and safest methods of calf reduction available. By only removing fat, it reduces calf size with no damage to the muscle, allowing you to function at full capacity. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, please call our office today.