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Lower Leg Liposuction in Detail

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Lower leg liposuction / liposuction on calves is a procedure that shapes the calves by surgically removing fat pockets from the legs. It removes stubborn fat pockets on legs that aren’t responding to diet and exercise. Simply put, calf liposuction is a liposuction for calf reduction – a procedure used to slim down thick fat legs that cannot be treated by other means.

If you’re one of the women with fat legs and you have done everything you can but still unable to lose those fat from your legs, then calves liposuction might be just the answer you’re looking for.

Let’s look further at how to lose fat from calves with liposuction, how the procedure is done, how you recover and most importantly, are you the right candidate for calves liposuction.

If you want to have lower leg liposuction you must meet certain criteria:

  1. Go through a preliminary consultation. This includes history of your health, a comprehensive physical examination, and a psychological health examination;
  2. If you’re married, your spouse's presence may be required during the consultation;
  3. You should ask questions about lower leg liposuction, express the reasons for the consultation, and must feel satisfied with the answers to their questions;
  4. You must fully understand the pre-operative liposuction preparations, the liposuction procedures, and the precise post-operative liposuction care to avoid lethal complications;
  5. You must have realistic expectations. Liposuction enhances the legs appearance and boost self-confidence but it will never result to a perfect body;
  6. You must be a good candidate for calf liposuction i.e. you aren’t overweight, posse a firm and elastic skin and have sufficient amount of fat pockets in the legs. Your doctor will examine whether you have thick fat legs or all muscle in your legs. This is done through the pinch test to estimate the amount of fat deposits. You’ll be ask to stand on your toes on a stool flat-footed. The pinch test result should be at least 2 cm in the calves and 1 cm in the ankles;
  7. Physically and psychologically healthy. People who have diabetes, deep venous thrombosis, poor blood circulations and various other major ailments must not go in for liposuction;
  8. There should be a second consultation to give you more time to think over the planned calves liposuction.

Although calves liposuction had almost no major complications, recovery from liposuction can still be difficult. This includes:

  • You need to wear compression garments for two to three weeks in order to reduce swelling, bleeding, and to help contour the new legs. The lower legs usually appears larger than before because of the swelling. The patient starts to feel better after a week or two of liposuction.
  • Elevate the legs regularly and light walking (if possible) is recommended after lower leg liposuction to prevent blood clots forming in the legs. Finally, exercise and diet will help keep your new shape.

If and when a person decides to go for liposuction, there are whole lists of instructions that must be followed. The patient is given guidelines as to eating habits, drinking, smoking and various other things. In case the patient develops a skin infection, cold or any other type of infection, the surgery might just be postponed. There is a lot of variation with regard to the time required to perform the surgery. It depends on factors like technique used, type of anesthesia given, size of the area and quantity of fat that has to be removed from the designated areas.

While during the recovery period, the patient will be asked to refrain from heavy activities for a few months, and will have to mainly rest for the first few days, it is not uncommon that patients who had liposuction suffer considerable pain and anyone thinking about having liposuction should know that, while pills can reduce the pain it will not eliminate it completely.

Lower leg liposuction in detail

The normal events that will occur when lower leg liposuction is planned are the following:

Consultation – During the visit, your surgeon will examine and evaluate your health. He will then identify the pockets of fat deposits in your calf and also assess your skin condition. Be honest to the doctor regarding your expectations from this procedure. On the other hand, the surgeon must clarify the associated risks and limitations of the procedure.

Day of surgery:

  • Upon arrival, you may be given something like Valium to help them relax (if nervous).
  • Demerol or other pain reliever is injected.
  • Lying down, the fatty areas of the calves are filled with a solution of sterile salt water, adrenaline and anesthetic.
  • When the anesthetic takes effect, small holes are made in the skin with small needles where fat is to be removed.
  • A cannula, or thin tube, is then inserted into the fatty areas. Suction removes the fat through this tube and puts it into a disposable container.
  • After the fat is removed, you are wrapped in a dressing that stays on your body for approximately five days. Foam pads are placed on the areas where the cannula entered the skin and the patient is then placed in a garment similar to a girdle. This girdle-like garment holds the patient’s skin tightly and holds the foam pads firmly in place.


Day of surgery – After the procedure is completed, you will have to rest with a special dressing. Moreover, there is a high probability that the doctors will prescribe some pain killers as well as antibiotics to significantly reduce the risk of infection.

Day after surgery – You may feel sore and little discomfort. The girdle-garment begins to feel constricting on the day after surgery. You’ll find some bruising which will go away after a week, and swelling is most definitely.

Second day after surgery – You will probably consider this as the "worst' day of the entire experience. The overall feeling of being sore and bound up is the most unpleasant on this day.

After that, the liposuction experience will be better and better. Small amounts of activity can be done from the day after surgery and you may be able to resume your activities by the fourth day after the procedure. The foam pads can be removed after the fifth day. When the pads are removed, you have a chance to glance your new legs.

The rest of the recovery period is just the body gradually healing. Drainage from the treated sites normally stops by the seventh day after surgery, the slight bruising that can occur will heal in about two weeks, and puffiness and swelling can take several months to completely disappear.

However, in many cases, lower leg liposuction usually lead to a lot more brutal bruishing and excessive swelling in the legs thus you may need to refrain from your work, take a serious couch-rest, wear the compression garment and elevate the legs regularly for up to two weeks after the procedure. The compression garment given to you after surgery must be worn for up to four weeks.