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Liposuction For Your Calves And Ankles

Liposuction For Your Calves And AnklesIn the last two decades, liposuction of the lower extremities has become an increasingly sought-after cosmetic surgery procedure.

This procedure was once linked to complications and unsatisfactory outcomes. However, advancements in surgical techniques have addressed these issues.


Wanting something Better

There is possibly no tougher area than the calves and ankles when it comes to the removal of stubborn fatty deposits. In these two areas, fat accumulation is almost entirely due to genetic predisposition. Thick calves, the so-called “cankles” can now become history when patients choose experienced cosmetic surgeon for liposuction.  

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides liposuction for the calves and ankles to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.



In general, calf and ankle liposuction is usually not undertaken as standalone procedures. Rather, the surgeon will need to re-contour the entire lower leg for the most appealing outcomes.

Therefore, calf and ankle liposuction is undertaken as a single procedure to make sure that the lower leg proportions are maintained. Sometimes the surgeon may also perform knee and thigh liposuction to sculpt the entire leg.



The surgeon uses a device known as a cannula to perform calf and ankle liposuction. The cannula is a thin steel tube that the surgeon delicately inserts into the fat layer of the calves or ankles.

The surgeon cautiously manipulates the cannula within the fat layer while remaining perfectly parallel to the skin. This dislodges the fat cells which are subsequently suctioned out of the body through the cannula.

Minimally invasive tumescent liposuction plastic surgery is used to perform calf liposuction, which means that the procedure involves only local anesthetic. The patient stays awake, and this technique allows for quicker healing and higher quality outcomes in comparison to more invasive types of liposuction techniques.

Incision placement is a vital aspect of liposuction of the calves. The surgeon makes incisions right below the knee, towards the top portion of the calf. Through these two separate incisions on either side of the calf, they treat the entire calf area with smooth, uniform passes of the cannula.

The surgeon uses their artistic sensibilities and in-depth knowledge of the human anatomy to mold the calf into a sculpted, more desirable shape. They will also adopt a similar approach to deliver liposuction of the ankles. The surgeon will place incisions on either side of the ankle to access the areas of unwanted fat.

However, the ankle is a very small area, and an experienced surgeon will ensure that the cannula does not poke the skin from beneath causing dimpling. They will remove targeted pockets of fat to make sure that the ankle maintains its unique shape.


Recovery and Outcomes

Calf and ankle liposuction can effectively reduce the excess fatty tissue in these areas. The patient is usually left with a highly sculpted lower leg that appears much more muscular and appealing.

The inflammation in the case of lower leg liposuction prevails for a much more extended period compared to liposuction of the trunk and thighs. Surgeons usually instruct patients to wear a compression hose following the procedure to reduce and manage the inflammation.

Prolonged inflammation can be frustrating, but most patients consider it well-worth the trouble because of the long-term aesthetic results. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for liposuction for the calves and ankles.


To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.


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