Don't hide your legs this summer

July 20, 2011

Don't hide your legs this summer
Don't hide your legs this summer

Now that the summer is upon us, many people look forward to getting outside and showing a little skin. While clothing such as skirts, shorts and capri pants are often worn by many, some people simply avoid these leg-baring items at all costs. The reason - cankles.

Although it's not a medical term, many refer to ankles without definition as "cankles." Instead of a calf that gradually thins into the ankle, the calf goes straight down into the foot.

While some people can control occasional swelling in their ankles by limiting the salt in their diet and drinking a lot of water, those with permanent larger-than-normal ankles usually resort to hiding them under pants and long dresses. They may also choose a shoe with an ankle strap to create the illusion of a tapered ankle.

While exercise is usually not effective in getting rid of cankles, a popular cosmetic surgery procedure may help those who want to shape their ankles.

Aesthetic plastic surgeons can use liposuction to sculpt the ankles and create definition. This liposculpting technique is similar to regular liposuction. However, the surgeon uses a smaller instrument to accommodate the area and create subtle definition.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, localized ankle bulges require only two tiny incisions. Anatomically, the tissues of the ankle consist of just a single layer of fat, so that all liposculpting in this area automatically occurs at the superficial level, just below the skin.

The procedure offers a solution to a genetic problem that many people are dealt and that cannot be cured through a healthy diet or exercise. 


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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