About Lower Leg Liposuction
Although this is not as common as other areas of the body, such as the hips and thighs, liposuction at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic of the lower leg may prove helpful for those who struggle to lose leg fat.
This may be due to genetic predisposition and obesity. A lean and shapely leg is sought after by many, and liposuction can help sculpt this desired shape by removing fat from key areas.
Fat in the lower leg is superficial fat. There is no deep fat compartment in the lower leg as there are in other areas of the body.
This means that liposuction of the lower leg is performed very conservatively so as to avoid damage to vital structures within the subcutaneous tissue which would otherwise be more protected in other areas of the body.
Regions of the Leg to be Treated
Shapely calves are very much sought after but many people struggle to attain the desired shape due to genetic predisposition. Strategic liposuction around the bottom of the leg can create this shape. The surgeon at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic will proceed with extreme caution in this region as it is a region with very little to no deep fat compartment and superficial fat, along with a dense amount of vital neurovascular structures.
Excessive liposuction in this region is avoided as it may damage these structures. In women, too much liposuction here can create the appearance of masculine- looking legs. A thin layer of fat left behind maintains a more natural-looking and feminine aesthetic.
Many suffer from a fat accumulation in the lower legs, reducing definition in the ankles and making it seem as if the leg and ankles are continuous. The phenomenon had been given the colloquial term: “Cankles”-an amalgamation of the words calves and ankles. Cankles are mainly due to genetic predisposition, but liposuction of the ankle region and along the calves can create more definition.
Behind the Knees: NO-GO-ZONE
The region behind the knee is an area surgeons avoid altogether as the vital structures, such as blood vessels, are vital and extremely vulnerable to trauma by cannula. Liposuction is done around this area and this usually generates pleasing results without the unnecessary risks.
Due to the delicate nature of the subcutaneous tissue of the lower leg and ankle region, the smallest of cannula are used. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, liposuction here is performed, conservatively, and gradually so as to avoid complications as well as to maintain and even and symmetrical and optimum cosmetic result. This is not a region that will be rushed.
The will be post-operative swelling for a while after the procedure. The adits are left open to encourage drainage, which will in turn reduce swelling.
Patients are encouraged to walk often and this will encourage drainage and improve circulation, encouraging faster healing.
Ankles are prone to the highest degrees of swelling due to the effects of gravity putting added pressure on the ankles. Compression garments are a must and it is also recommended that patients elevate their legs several times a day to help alleviate some of the swelling by taking the weight and pressure off the ankles.