knowledge base   asian plastic surgery   search


asian legs body surgery

Section: Asian Calf, Leg, and Foot Surgery

Cankle Reduction

Displacing "love handles" and "muffin tops" as the world's most trendy cosmetic affliction is "cankles."

cankles

In most people, the diameter of the leg decreases noticeably as the calf muscle approaches the ankle. If tapering is absent because of chubby lower legs, one is said to have fat ankles, or "cankles," a layman's blend of the words calf with ankle that indicates a leg that terminates too abruptly into the foot.

Yesterday's term for the same phenomenon was "stovepipe legs."

Cankles have two possible causes: thickened calf muscle and/or too much fat at the bottom of the leg. Present from a young age, cankles are a reflection of a genetic predisposition and not a weight issue, so they may occur both in the slim and the overweight.

There isn't normally much muscle near the ankles. Most extra volume there is from abundant fat.

While medical disorders causing chronic water retention or orthopedic injuries causing inflammation and edema can indeed look similar, "cosmetic" cankles are of absolutely no medical significance, creating only cosmetic inconvenience in women who like to wear sandals and short pants or are especially body-consicous.

Step aerobics, ballet, low-salt diets, and compression stockings achieve little because it's all but impossible to spot-reduce fat away from the lower leg.

Apart from wearing boots or flowing dresses, the only definitive treatment is liposuction to sculpt away excess fat. As with many procedures marketed to address trendy aesthetic afflictions, the operation is remarkably expensive ($4,000-$8,000+) despite its simplicity.

Results can be less than spectacular. After all, the ankles are composed of bone, tendon, muscle, and fat. Since only the fat is treated, potential improvement is clearly limited.

Cankles are said to be more common in people of Asian descent. Unfortunately, a thicker muscle may be the main culprit in many Asian cases, and so liposuction may not be very helpful.

Calf surgery or possibly BOTOX injections offer the only real means of reducing offending muscle.


Next: Asian Foot Narrowing

More on Asian Calf Reduction >

Calf Reduction Overview
Anatomy and goals of surgery

Calf Reduction by Liposuction
Removal of excess leg fat

Calf Reduction by BOTOX
Non-surgical treatment

Calf Reduction by Neurectomy
Selective nerve destruction

Calf Reduction by Muscle Resection
The surgical procedure of choice

Calf Reduction with Radiofrequency
Radiowaves to thin the calf muscle

Total Leg Sculpture
Treatment from the thigh to the calf

Cosmetic Leg Lengthening
Controversial surgery available in China

Cosmetic Foot Narrowing
High-fashion footplasty and toe tucks




Knowledge Base

Overview
Facial Profile
Forehead
Cheek
Jaw
Ears
Chin
Lips & Mouth
Skin & Hair
Face & Brow
Breast
  Eyelid Surgery
Rhinoplasty
Liposuction - Fat
Calf & Ankle
Everything Else
Find a Specialist
Medical Tourism
USA . India
Southeast Asia
China . Taiwan
Korea . Japan

before and after photos and pictures
asian plastic surgery now
asian eyelids

double eyelid surgery before after
korean plastic surgery trends
anime plastic surgery



See What's Possible

Jaw
jaw reduction
Jaw 2
jaw moving surgery
Square
square face
Square2
square face surgery 2
Wide
wide face
V-Chin
v-line jaw
Cheek
cheek reduction
Forehead
forehead augmentation
Eyes
double eyelid surgery
Epiplast
epicanthoplasty
Revision
eyelid revision surgery
LuvBand
love band eyelid surgery
Brow
brow lift
Lips
lip reduction surgery
Nose
rhinoplasty
Nose 2
short nose surgery
Mouth
mouth surgery
Chin
chin augmentation
Anime
anime plastic surgery
Hairline
hairline lowering
Breast
breast implant
Lipo
liposuction
Calf
calf cankle reduction
S-Line
s-line body




asian plastic surgery

Do Not Copy
© Copyright 2009-2017
Frank Meronk, Jr., M.D.
All Rights Reserved

search

Home | About | Terms of Use

Note: Information, observations, and opinions are offered for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice or diagnosis.

Asian cankle reduction