Introduction: Liposuction On Calves
Liposuction on calves may seem like a chip shot. However, it should be approached with much caution. To begin with, the calves are the most distally located body part on our body other than the feet from the heart. This makes blood flow to this region most compromised. When you consider this fact with the side effect of liposuction that is associated with irritating microvessels, then you can appreciate our concern! Concerns of inadequate blood flow are further compounded by the fact that the lower leg where the calves are located is tight and encircled by the skin. This means any amount of swelling is likely to cause a tourniquet effect and further compromise blood flow. To make matters worse, the back of the lower leg where the calve muscles live is bordered by very important nerves and vessels that cannot be injured.
Medially, these vital structures include the great saphenous vein and branches of the saphenous nerve. Laterally, these vital structures include branches of the lateral sural nerve. The goal of liposuction on calves involves improving the definition of the medial and lateral gastrocnemius bellies. The medial belly is wider and extends lower whereas the lateral belly is narrower and shorter. Specifically, the fat that is located over the soleus muscle is the fat that must be removed in order to improve the gastric muscle definition. The soleus muscle actually provides a guide to the limits of liposuction; as such, liposuction should be limited to the medial and lateral borders of the soleus muscle in order to avoid injury to the bordering vital structures.
The port site for liposuction on calves is actually positioned at the central junction of the medial and lateral gastrocnemius bellies. Central structures that must be preserved include the medial sural cutaneous nerve the small saphenous vein proximally and the Achilles tendon distally. Now you can appreciate why I am so keen on performing only conservative liposuction in this region. Despite the technicality and conservative approach, the results of liposuction on calves can be remarkable.
Liposuction of the Calves: What to Expect
For those looking to slim down bulky or muscular calves, liposuction of the calves can help provide more balanced lower leg contouring. If you’re considering calf liposuction, here’s a detailed overview of what to expect.
What Is Calf Liposuction?
Calf liposuction, also called calf lipoplasty, is a body contouring procedure that removes stubborn fat deposits in the calf area. It is designed to reduce bulkiness and sculpt the lower legs by suctioning out localized fat that diet and exercise won’t eliminate.
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The procedure is sometimes called calf reduction surgery because the overall size and circumference of the calves are reduced once the fat is removed. Men and women with athletic or naturally muscular calves are good candidates for calf lipo.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Calf Liposuction?
Ideal candidates for calf liposuction include:
- Those with excess fat or bulkiness in the calves that impacts lower leg contour
- Men and women who are already at a healthy weight
- Individuals with good skin elasticity that can conform to the new shape
- People with well-defined calf muscles seeking more muscle definition
- Non-smokers in good health who have realistic expectations
Calf lipo works best for removing small, localized fat deposits from otherwise thin or athletic legs. Significant fat reduction all over the body should be achieved first before considering calf liposuction.
The Calf Liposuction Procedure
During your calf lipo procedure:
- Small incisions are made around the inner knee or back of the ankle
- A numbing solution is infused into the calf area
- A thin tube called a microcannula is inserted to dislodge and suction out fat
- Your plastic surgeon may use power-assisted lipo to facilitate fat removal
- The procedure takes 1-2 hours to perform under general anesthesia
After liposuction, your legs will be wrapped in compression bandages to minimize swelling. Bruising and swelling may last 1-2 weeks as the body heals.
Recovery After Calf Liposuction
- Wearing compression garments for 2-4 weeks to control swelling
- Keeping the incisions clean while they close up
- Avoiding strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks
- Taking prescribed pain medication as directed
- Light activity may be resumed after several days
- Seeing final results after several months once the swelling has resolved
Your plastic surgeon will provide detailed instructions for caring for your legs after calf lipo. Most people can return to work within a few days.
Expected Results After Calf Liposuction
Visible results from calf liposuction include:
- A reduction in calf circumference by 1-3 inches
- Better muscle definition and a more sculpted leg contour
- Calves that appear more proportional to the thighs and upper legs
- The ability to wear knee-high boots or slim pants comfortably
- About 85% of patients report excellent calf liposuction results
As with any cosmetic surgery, proper patient selection and realistic expectations are key to achieving satisfying calf lipo results.
Benefits of Calf Liposuction
The most apparent benefit is the improved shape and contour of the calves, contributing to a more balanced and attractive leg appearance.
Many patients report a significant boost in self-esteem and confidence following the procedure, as they feel more comfortable with their leg’s appearance.
Factors Influencing Price
The cost of calf liposuction varies based on factors like the surgeon’s expertise, geographic location, and the extent of the procedure. On average, prices range from $1,800 to $5,900 depending on whether you have your surgery performed awake or with general anesthesia.
Choosing a Clinic
When selecting a clinic, it’s essential to consider not just the cost but also the surgeon’s experience, the facility’s accreditation, and patient reviews. Many patients opt for medical tourism, with countries like Turkey and Mexico offering high-quality services at competitive prices.
Patient Experiences and Testimonials
Conclusion: Is liposuction of calves right for you?
Calf liposuction is an effective procedure for reducing unwanted bulkiness in the lower legs. Consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction of calves.