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Ankle Liposuction – Recovery and Aftercare Guidance

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The thick layer of fat around the ankles and calves commonly known as “cankles” is an aesthetic concern among many people, especially women. These areas are genetically prone to fat accumulation and cankles usually don’t respond to weight reducing measure such as diet and exercise. Fortunately, ankle liposuction in New York City can get rid of this stubborn fat. Reliable plastic surgeons perform this procedure using advanced Smartlipo laser technology. Minimally invasive, safe and effective, Smartlipo liposuction can result in well-shaped, attractive ankles.

According to cankles.org, factors responsible for the persisting swelling in the ankles include hormonal fluctuations, obesity, water retention and edema during pregnancy. Even a small amount of fat around the ankles can make you look heavier and affect overall aesthetics, especially when you wear clothes that expose your lower legs. Smartlipo ankle liposuction eliminates those extra fat deposits from the calves and ankles and sculpts your legs. This minimally invasive laser technology is considered as a good option to address the concern as it is designed for effective contouring of even delicate areas.

This laser liposuction procedure involves making tiny incisions in the treatment areas – the ankles and calves – to deliver laser energy, liquefy the fat, and remove it. The FDA-approved Smartlipo Triplex workstation features three laser wavelengths (1064 nm, 1320 nm, and 1440 nm) that allow targeted liposuction under local anaesthesia. These triple wavelength work to liquefy fat, coagulate the tissues, and tighten the loose skin for the best results. It also comes with intelligent delivery systems that constantly monitor skin temperature and deliver safe levels of energy to prevent overtreatment.

Though the ankle liposuction is a minimally invasive treatment, it is still surgery. Many patients are unaware about the importance of proper post-operative care. Patients need to diligently follow their plastic surgeon’s post-op instructions for smooth recovery and optimal outcomes. They will be provided with detailed information about drains, normal symptoms, and potential signs of complications. Here are some important things you need to know about ankle liposuction recovery and aftercare:

  • Wear the compression garment as instructed to reduce swelling, improve blood circulation, flush out of harmful fluids, and speed up the healing process.
  • Taking the prescribed pain relief medication will help with the pain, discomfort and tenderness in the area.
  • Avoid heavy activities like lifting or those involving physical or mental stress, especially during the first two weeks after surgery. Routine exercise can start at about 4 weeks after the procedure.
  • Drink sufficient water to keep the body hydrated.
  • Keep your follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure that your recovery is progressing smoothly.
  • Shower only 24 hours after the surgery.
  • Follow a balanced diet and get plenty of rest.
  • Do not use aspirin-containing products for at least a week.
  • Quit smoking and avoid alcohol for few days, as it may prolong healing time and increase risk of complications.
  • Clean the incisions every day, apply the prescribed antibiotic ointment, and change the dressing.
  • Light walking may be recommended on the day after surgery, but don’t overdo it. Walking slowly can reduce swelling and lower the chances of blood clotting

Most patients return to work within a few days, though this depends on your occupation. Results may vary from patient to patient and it’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcome. Weight gain can affect the results and therefore sticking to a healthy lifestyle after the procedure is important.

If you are considering ankle liposuction in New York City, make sure to choose a surgeon who has extensive experience in performing the procedure using Smartlipo technology. In an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice, you can expect end-to-end care and support all through the treatment and until you have fully recovered.


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