Ankle liposuction is a surgical way of contouring and giving shape to your ankles.
Frequently Asked Questions
Often, men and women can deposit fat around the ankle area which blends the lower calf with the ankle. This condition is informally referred to as “cankles”. Sometimes the area can be toned and defined through exercise. In most people however, the only way to get rid of cankles is to undergo liposuction.
Ankle Liposuction Surgery
The operation involves the surgeon making an incision just near the protruding ankle bones on either side of the foot. Once the incision is made, a cannula is used to suction out excess fat, contouring the ankle area to a nice shape. Since the area is small and precise a micro-cannula is used rather than the larger cannula generally utilised for other liposuction procedures. Wounds are then closed with sutures. Ankle liposuction is usually carried out as an outpatient operation under local anaesthetic. It takes approximately half an hour to an hour.
Ankle Liposuction Recovery
After the operation, your ankles will have compression bandages and a dressing. You may experience tenderness and some pain. Your surgeon may prescribe you with pain killers. When you get home you should take some rest and elevate the legs. The ankle area will be swollen and bruised. Most of the swelling should subside within a week. However, it takes approximately three months to attain full recovery from ankle liposuction. At this stage, you should notice your cankles have disappeared, giving way to a more toned and slender physique.
Ankle Liposuction Risks
As with any other cosmetic surgery, there are risks involved in ankle liposuction including:
- Achilles & soleus tendon – the surgeon must take care not to affect the tendons in the ankles. Any damage can impair function of the ankle. The risk of this occurring is very low.
- Scarring – some scars will be visible after the operation, however this is very minimal.
- Infection – this complication can arise with any operation and is treated with antibiotics.
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