Winter has officially arrived and, with the new season, many women are trading in their summertime wedges for cooler weather boots. From ankle boots to thigh-high boots, these must-have footwear styles are comfortable, versatile, and fashionable too. Many women are disappointed year after year, however, that they have to pass on those knee-high boots everyone loves to wear. Why? Thick calves that cause “boot bulge” and just won’t let that zipper climb all the way up. If this sounds like a problem you’ve faced as you’re planning your own winter fashion, it doesn’t have to be this way anymore.
Do You Have Boot Bulge?
This term is new to the plastic surgery world, but most people may have heard it once or twice already. Boot bulge occurs when the fatty area of the calves is disproportional to the rest of the legs and feet, resulting in ill-fitting footwear and sometimes pants, too. Sometimes muscle mass can make boots a tight fit, but if fat is to blame, a targeted liposuction procedure can do the trick. Don’t pass up the perfect pair of boots just because they don’t fit your legs just yet. As more and more women seek this unique surgery, why can’t you be among them?
How Does Liposuction Work?
While many people assume liposuction deals with just fat removal from the torso area, this simply isn’t true. Liposuction techniques can be applied to many areas of the body to achieve better body contouring, even smaller places like the calves. Your surgeon can create a liposuction procedure that will meet all of your needs and achieve the results you desire, including zipping up those new boots.
The procedure itself is most often performed on an outpatient basis with wither general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Typically, surgery lasts one to three hours, but the duration of your procedure will depend on the areas being targeted and the quantity of fat removal being performed. Your surgeon will use a small tube called a cannula to suction fat cells from the targeted area.
Will Calf Liposuction Be Effective?
Not everyone is a candidate for liposuction and not everyone will benefit from liposuction around the calves. Wider calves that result from muscle mass cannot be reduced by this procedure. Liposuction works best on areas where fat cells have accumulated and will not respond to weight loss techniques like diet and exercise. Common liposuction treatment areas include the hips, thighs, arms, abdomen, back, buttocks, neck, and face. Liposuction of fatty deposits on the calves is less common at this time but still very viable for the right candidate. Many liposuction patients will treat multiple areas in one surgical procedure, so talk to your plastic surgeon about all of your areas of concern.
What Should I Expect From Boot Bulge Liposuction?
The calves are a smaller area of the body, so your liposuction procedure would be carefully customized to treat this area effectively. Your surgeon will likely need to work around the thick muscles of this area in order to achieve the desired contour. Those with fewer fat cells around the calf will not see as dramatic a result, so your surgeon will assess the composition of your calves during your consultation and go over your individual expectations. It is also important for your surgeon to leave some fat cells behind in order to keep the calf area functioning properly. Achieving balance is the key to a successful liposuction surgery, especially for the boot bulge.
Am I a Good Candidate for Boot Bulge Liposuction?
Typically, all good candidates for cosmetic surgery are in good overall health, don’t smoke, and have realistic expectations about their procedure and results. To be considered for calf liposuction, you should be an adult male or female with a moderate to large amount of fat cells accumulated around the calves. Otherwise, you should be close to your ideal weight and have elastic skin that will be able to shrink naturally around the newly contoured area. To determine whether or not you are a good fit for this procedure, schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Where Do I Get Started?
For more information about liposuction of the calves, or any other part of the body, consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to get the information you need. Dr. Douglas S. Steinbrech is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and will be happy to walk you through what you should expect from your upcoming procedure. A specialist in Minimally Invasive Aesthetics, he incorporates this philosophy into all of his surgical and nonsurgical procedures, while aiming to get you the best results possible. Dr. Steinbrech has been selected by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons. Contact his office, located at 60 East 56th Street, Suite 3A, in New York City, by calling (212) 750-0070.