Consider Calf Liposuction for Shapely Calves and Ankles

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


Many patients feel self-conscious about the appearance of their calves. Stubborn leg fat may be challenging to address with diet and targeted exercise alone. Liposuction offers a permanent solution for ridding the body of unsightly fatty tissue. Many of Dr. Katzen’s patients request calve liposuction to improve the look of their calves and ankles.

If you are dissatisfied with the look of your calves and ankles, calve liposuction can help by creating a more defined appearance.

What is Calf Liposuction?

Liposuction is a plastic surgery body contouring treatment that targets fatty tissue and safely removes fat from the body. The result is a more shapely, defined appearance.

Patients interested in calve liposuction often feel self-conscious because they have “cankles,” meaning there is no visual separation between their calves and ankles. Calve liposuction distinguishes between your calves and ankles for a more sculpted appearance. Calve liposuction defines the junction between your calves and ankles.

Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. First, Dr. Katzen will make one or two small calve incisions. Second, Dr. Katzen will inject tumescent solution to minimize pain and bleeding and maximize fat extraction. Third, Dr. Katzen will insert a medical straw or cannula to loosen, vacuum, and permanently remove excess fat cells. Once the appropriate amount of fat has been removed, Dr. Katzen will close your incisions.

The benefits of calve liposuction include:

  • Minimal scarring because the incisions are small and meticulously placed.
  • Long-lasting results that should be easy to maintain as long as your weight remains stable.
  • Dramatic changes in the definition of your calves and ankles.

VASER Liposuction for Calves

In addition to traditional liposuction, Dr. Katzen also offers VASER calve liposuction for patients desiring more definition in their calves. VASER calve liposuction targets the smallest pockets of fat within the calve and ankle areas for a more muscular, defined appearance.

VVASER Hi-Def liposculpture technology offers you many benefits if you are concerned about the look of your calves and ankles, such as:

  • Targeted fat cell removal while protecting the calve muscles.
  • Long-lasting results for patients who remain at a steady weight.
  • A shorter recovery time compared to traditional liposuction.

Dr. Katzen performs VASER liposuction under general anesthesia. Your incisions will be small, and Dr. Katzen will use the VASER cannula to target and melt the fatty tissue within the calve and ankle areas.

Liposuction will remove unwanted fat and sculpt the calves and ankles for a more defined appearance. Once the calves and ankles are symmetrical and sculpted, Dr. Katzen will close the incisions with sutures.

Does Calve Liposuction Address Loose Calf and Ankle Skin?

If you have recently lost a substantial amount of weight, you may have loose calve and ankle skin in addition to stubborn pockets of fat. Unfortunately, neither liposuction nor VASER liposuction is designed to address loose skin following weight loss.

However, Dr. Katzen is committed to helping you achieve the look you envision for your calves and ankles. He will design a personalized treatment plan to help you reach your goals for your body.

Skin tightening surgery may be recommended to remove excess calve and ankle skin for a more defined look. Dr. Katzen offers other options like Morpheus8 and calve or lower leg skin resection. This procedure involves an incision from the inner knee to the ankles. This procedure results in a tighter calve without hanging, excess skin.

In addition, depending on your long-term goals, Dr. Katzen may recommend a 360 Body Lift, which focuses on the mid and lower body, including the lower back, abdomen, buttocks, love handles, flanks, and upper pubic region.

If you require treatments in addition to calve liposuction, Dr. Katzen will discuss your options. Often, it is possible to combine procedures to reduce your downtime and help you achieve results faster.

How Much Does Calf Liposuction Cost?

The cost of calve liposuction varies for each patient based on several factors:

  • The type of liposuction needed to achieve the desired results.

  • The amount of unwanted fat to be removed.
  • Any additional requested treatments or plastic surgery procedures.

Dr. Katzen will discuss the costs of calve liposuction and any additional procedures he recommends. Flexible cash and credit options, including CareCredit, are available to make calve liposuction as affordable as possible.

Are You a Candidate for Calf Liposuction?

Dr. Katzen will discuss your calve and ankle concerns during your initial consultation. Dr. Katzen will also talk with you about any additional plastic surgery procedures you may be considering to achieve your lower leg goals.

Then, Dr. Katzen will perform a thorough physical and consider if you are a candidate for surgery. Calve liposuction may be a good option for you if you:

  • Have attempted to target stubborn fat through proper diet and exercise but have yet to see the results you hoped to see.
  • Are at a healthy, stable weight.
  • Have good skin elasticity.

Calve liposuction is not a solution for massive weight loss in the calves and ankles. However, this plastic surgery works well for patients who view it as a tool to help them achieve more calve and ankle definition.

What is Calf Liposuction Recovery Like?

You may need to take off 1-3 weeks from work following your calve liposuction procedure. Dr. Katzen will discuss how much downtime you should expect.

Immediately following calve liposuction, you will have some calve soreness. However, pain should be minimal and will be managed by oral pain medication if needed. In addition, Dr. Katzen will require you to wear compression stockings for about 6-8 weeks.

Massage is very effective and helpful during the healing process. You can resume your regular gym routine within about 4 weeks.

Contact Dr. Katzen About Calve Liposuction Today

Excess calve and ankle fat can be frustrating, especially when you have done everything possible to target those problem areas through diet and exercise. Unfortunately, going to the gym regularly and participating in aerobic exercise often cannot rid the body of stubborn fat deposits.

Currently, Dr. Katzen is scheduling initial consultations for patients interested in calve liposuction. During your personalized consultation, Dr. Katzen will answer any questions and discuss what you can expect with your procedure.

Dr. Katzen offers in-person appointments at his Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai UAE offices. Virtual consultations are also available, and Dr. Katzen meets with patients via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and WhatsApp.

To schedule your initial consultation for calve liposuction, please call us at (310) 859-7770.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.