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Is Ankle Liposuction Safe?

Ankle liposuction is safe as long as you choose a skilled and experienced surgeon. Treating the leg area isn’t easy, and not every surgeon offers this treatment. Therefore, if you’re interested in ankle liposuction, you need to take care to do your research well. A liposuction specialist can treat the ankle area effectively. They can remove excess fat and sculpt the remaining fat in this area beautifully. The result is a slim, toned, and aesthetically pleasing ankle with minimal risk of side effects.

What Does Ankle Liposuction Involve?

The ankle liposuction procedure is relatively non-invasive. The recovery period is quite short, and patients return home the same day.

The surgeon treats the patient under local anesthetic. As a result, the patient is awake throughout the procedure, although they don’t experience any pain. A skilled surgeon will always put the patient at ease before beginning the surgery.

The surgery involves the surgeon making tiny incisions in the ankle area. They then pass a very narrow cannula through the incisions to break up the fat. Surgeons suction the fat permanently from the ankles, taking care to sculpt the leg to achieve a beautiful shape.

After the surgery, the patient must follow the surgeon’s advice and instructions. The surgeon will prescribe a compression garment for the patient to wear. You must wear this garment as prescribed. The patient must also follow the surgeon’s instructions regarding rest and exercise. As long as the patient adheres to this advice, they will experience an excellent recovery. Patients will see the total result of their procedure within six months.

Do All Surgeons Offer Ankle Liposuction?

Not every cosmetic surgeon offers ankle liposuction, because it is quite a challenging procedure. Also, surgeons receive little or no instruction during their training about how to sculpt this area. You need to find a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in liposuction. Dr. Su at ArtLipo is a specialist in the liposuction field. His expertise in this area means he can produce impressive results for his patients.

Why Is Ankle Liposuction Challenging?

Ankle liposuction presents several challenges for surgeons. It is difficult to sculpt the fat around the ankle. The tissue in this area is fibrous, and the skin is fragile. Furthermore, the leg’s 360-degree curve makes it especially hard to achieve a smooth and even outcome. In the hands of an inexperienced or unskilled surgeon, the result may be unattractive and lumpy.

Is There A Non-Surgical Alternative?

There are no proven non-surgical alternatives to ankle liposuction. Doctors often recommend dieting and exercising to slim the ankles. However, unless you’re already overweight, the effect is likely to be negligible. If obesity is the cause of your large ankles, losing some weight could help. Your ankles may slim down along with the rest of your body. But, it isn’t possible to spot reduce fat. It’s entirely possible that you may lose weight, but your ankles remain large due to genetics.

You may see some advertisements for non-surgical treatments that claim to reduce ankle size. Laser treatments are one such example. Although these sound ideal, laser treatment may not work.  If you notice any improvement afterward, it’s almost certainly only going to be temporary.

Surgery is, therefore, the best way to improve the appearance of your ankles.

Can The Whole Ankle Area Be Treated With Liposuction?

Most cosmetic surgeons don’t treat the ankle area. Those who do treat the ankle are usually only treat the area conservatively. It is possible, though, to perform 360-degree liposuction of the ankle. Dr. Su at ArtLipo is the only surgeon to offer this treatment. He treats the entire circumference of the ankle, removing the maximum amount of fat. As a result, he can achieve the most impressive outcomes.

Are There Any Risks Of Having Ankle Liposuction?

Any procedure comes with risks and potential side effects. Ankle liposuction may carry some risks, including:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Bruising
  • Fluid build-up
  • Infection
  • Loose skin
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels
  • Irregular contours or asymmetry
  • Poor healing
  • DVT

Fortunately, any side effects should be brief and temporary.

How Can You Minimize the Risks Of Ankle Liposuction?

It’s possible to minimize the risks associated with ankle liposuction by taking specific steps. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Follow your surgeon’s advice. Your surgeon will tell you what to do and what to avoid both before surgery and after surgery. Adhere to this advice, and you’ll minimize any risks of the procedure.
  • Wear your compression garment as prescribed.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise until given the green light by your surgeon.
  • Stay well-hydrated.
  • Rest for a couple of days after surgery.
  • Avoid smoking and vaping.

The most important thing is to choose a skilled surgeon. Dr. Su at ArtLipo is a liposuction specialist. He can produce impressive results for his patients. Choosing the right surgeon is the most critical aspect of minimizing the risks of ankle liposuction.

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