If you ever saw the movie “Shallow Hal,” you’ll have heard the term cankles. Cankles are ankles that merge into your calves with little to no definition. As a result, the lower leg looks column-like without the curves that people consider attractive. Even those with slim legs can suffer from cankles, and they’re often a distressing problem to sufferers. If you’re one of those women, you may be wondering whether your ankles are purely a cosmetic issue. Or could they be a medical problem?
Minimizing the Cankle Embarrassment
There is a world of advice out there about what to do about cankles. Some people suggest wearing pants or long skirts to hide the problem. Others say diet and exercise are the solutions. Unfortunately, it’s a fact that, for many women, cankles are genetic. If your family members have cankles, you probably will, too. In these cases, there’s little you can do to get rid of them naturally. It’s simply down to your body structure. Fat deposits in the ankle are particularly stubborn. They are especially resistant to exercise and dieting. Targeted exercises may help in toning the muscle of the calf to make it more defined. Yet, this may still not be sufficient to make your lower legs aesthetically pleasing.
Are There Medical Problems That Cause Cankles?
For many women, cankles are purely an aesthetic issue. However, for some, medical issues could lie at the heart of the problem. Lymphedema, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes can all cause swelling of the ankles. Pregnancy may also result in temporary swelling around the ankle area. Sometimes excess sodium intake causes bloating that affects the ankles. Kidney disease, hypertension, congenital heart failure, and cirrhosis may also be the cause. If you’re taking medications, such as steroids, they may also cause cankles. Once you have ruled out those conditions, you must face the fact there is no medical reason.
What Can I Do If There Is No Medical Cause for My Cankles?
If your cankles are distressing you and causing you to have poor self-esteem, you need to act. If diet and exercise have produced no results, you need to consider other options. While you could make wardrobe choices to disguise your problem, this isn’t a long-term solution.
The best treatment is liposuction of the lower leg. However, not every cosmetic surgeon will offer this option. Many avoid treating the calf and ankle area. This is because it’s notoriously difficult to remove fat evenly in this part of the body. A lack of expertise can lead to uneven and lumpy results that are worse than the cankles themselves. Ankle lipo is especially complex because the ankle is mostly composed of muscle and bone instead of fat and skin. Many important veins are coursing through this area, which is too risky for some surgeons to tackle.
Here at Artlipo, though, our resident liposuction expert, Dr. Su, is proficient at treating the calf and ankle area. If you check out the before and after photos on our website, you can see the impressive results he achieves. His active lipo technique has improved the appearance of cankles in countless women.
Arranging Your Surgery
If you’re ready to find out more about whether liposuction can help address your cankle problem, contact Artlipo. We can answer your questions and give you our expert advice about the liposuction treatments we offer. We can also arrange your consultation with Dr. Su. He will let you know whether you are a good candidate for liposuction of the cankles and ankles. As an expert, he can help you achieve the beautiful legs you’ve always dreamed of.
Dr. Meegan Gruber is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been in practice since 2005. She is a native Floridian who was born in Miami. Dr. Gruber attended the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with honors with a double major in Molecular Biology and Ethnic Studies and a minor in Fine Art.