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Ankle Liposuction for Cankles

Dear Sugar
I've always had a great figure, except for one thing: I have cankles. I'm 5'7" and 115 pounds, so it's not that I'm fat - but no matter how fit I am, the cankles won't go away.

What are the best ways to camouflage them so I don't feel so self-conscious in the summer (when I can't use my tried and true boots-and-a-skirt trick)? And most importantly, is it possible to get liposuction on your ankles/calves? Cassie Cankles

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Dear Cassie Cankles
For those of you who don't know what cankles are they are defined as:

The area in affected female legs where the calf meets the foot in an abrupt, non-tapering terminus; medical cause: adipose tissue surrounding the soleus tendon, probably congenital, worsened by weight gain and improved in appearance only by boots. From the English "calf" meaning wide portion of the lower leg, and "ankle" meaning slender joint of leg with foot.

e.g. "If I didn't have cankles, I might be able to wear those Prada loafers with my capri pants."

If you've watched Entourage, then you know that you can get calf implants (thanks to Johnny Drama). And yes, you can now also get ankle liposuction. The first step to determine if you can get ankle liposuction is that it must be a lipid (fat) issue, as opposed to a bone structure issue.



Ankle liposuction can cost anywhere between $4,000 to $8,000 depending on how extensive the ankle shaping is. The downside is that since this is cosmetic, elective surgery, your insurance will not cover it. Also consider that your ankles contain so much muscle and bone that there are risks involved.

The upside is that results have proven that the risks are very low and also the procedure is safe and has a quick recovery time. If you keep your legs elevated then you can even go back to work soon after surgery.

Make an appointment with a doctor, (try calling Dr. Copeland if you live in NYC) to discuss your options. Dr.Copeland estimates that she performs at least several dozen ankle lipo's a year.


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