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Because knee-high and ankle-length boots are trending lately, some women are undergoing calf liposuction for a more pleasing fit. One of the other common reasons for this procedure is to get rid of fat in the lower leg (often referred to as “cankles”), which obscures the definition between the calf and ankle. Fat accumulation in the legs can be attributed to genetics, meaning diet and exercise can only provide an improvement to a point. For patients who are unhappy with fat deposits in their lower legs, liposuction of the calves can provide them with their desired aesthetic.

What Causes Cankles?

The shape of a person’s calves is dictated by two types of tissue: muscle and subcutaneous fat. Ninety-five percent of the calf muscle occupies the first half of the leg below the knee. The lower half is primarily bone and tendons. Both areas are covered with skin and fat. The fat beneath the surface is the primary cause of cankles and large calves in women. When the fibrous tissue in the area is filled with fat, the calves appear more prominent. Some opt for calf muscle reduction, but this is not recommended, especially for weight lifters or those who are genetically predisposed to having large calves.

The Calf Liposuction Procedure

woman's legs in high heelsCalf liposuction can be performed in-office using sedation and local anesthesia. The reshaping of the calf and ankle regions involves removing the fat and breaking up the fibrous tissue that the fat lives in. This is the fibrous tissue responsible for the overall shape of the lower legs.

What can I expect after the surgery?

Soreness can be expected after surgery, and it may last longer than liposuction of other areas of the body because of how much a person uses their legs. Swelling and bruising may also develop. Wearing a compression garment for three months can help reduce some side effects and promote healing during recovery.   

When will I see the final results?

Most people see their final results within six months, but much of the swelling should subside within one month and reveal the newly formed contours of the calves.


To learn more about calf liposuction, please fill out our online contact form. To schedule your private consultation with Dr. Bridges, you may call our office at 318.219.8555 or 888.305.6693.