Calf reduction, also known as calf liposuction, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces the size of the calf muscles through the removal of excess fat. It is typically performed on individuals who have disproportionately large calf muscles or “cankles” (a term used to describe when the ankle and calf appears to be one continuous area without definition). The procedure is typically done under local or general aesthesia, and involves making small incisions in the skin through which a cannula (a thin tube) is inserted to suction out the excess fat. Recovery time varies, but most people can return to work and normal activities within a few days.
Calf reduction surgery can be performed on both the inner and outer calf muscles, and can be done in combination with other procedures such as thigh liposuction or ankle liposuction. The procedure usually takes about one to two hours, and patients can expect some swelling and bruising in the affected area afterwards. It is important to note that calf reduction surgery is not a weight loss solution, and is only suitable for individuals who have good skin elasticity and are close to their ideal body weight.
It is important to have realistic expectations when considering calf reduction surgery. It is not a cure-all solution, and will not make your legs look like supermodel legs. The procedure can help to create a more proportionate and defined calf area, but it will not change the shape or size of your bones. It’s important to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can give you an honest assessment of what the surgery can achieve for you.
It’s also important to note that there are some risks associated with calf reduction surgery, including infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. It’s important to discuss these risks with your surgeon before the procedure and make sure you understand the recovery process, as well as take care of yourself during recovery.