With the fall now in full swing, women across the country are digging their knee-high boots out of the closet for another season. These must-have accessories are versatile, comfortable and stylish, but also very exclusive if you don’t have the right legs to wear them. Unfortunately, many women are frustrated by knee-high boots because they simply don’t fit thanks to the dreaded “boot bulge.” If you can’t zip them up past your calves, you don’t have a choice. Now that fall is here, a new surgical trend seeks to fix all of that and help these women find the perfect pair of tall boots to wear.
What Is Boot Bulge?
A fairly new term in the world of aesthetic surgery, “boot bulge” describes the fatty area of the calves. You’ve got a boot bulge if those tall boots you want to wear just won’t zip up, stopping somewhere halfway up the calf. Boots may not fit because of muscle mass or because of accumulated fat cells in the area. If fat is to blame, then this new liposuction procedure can help. Instead of swapping their footwear for a cute pair of ankle boots, more and more women are pursuing this unique procedure for themselves.
What Does Liposuction Do?
Liposuction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or a local anesthesia and IV sedation. A normal liposuction surgery can last one to three hours, depending on how many treatment areas are involved and how much fat needs to be removed. After injecting a special Tumescent fluid, incisions will be made around the area. A small cannula is then inserted to each incision and used to break apart the fat cells beneath the skin. The fat is then suctioned out through the cannula, leaving the area slimmer.
Traditionally, liposuction surgeries are performed on areas where unwanted fat buildup is common. It is an ideal treatment for fatty deposits that are stubborn and cannot be affected by proper diet and exercise. The most common treatment areas include the hips, thighs, arms, abdomen, back, buttocks, neck and face. Every treatment is customized to suit the patient’s needs, however, so you might find yourself having liposuction in multiple areas during the same procedure.
What Would a Boot Bulge Liposuction Be Like?
When it comes to tailoring your liposuction to deal with boot bulge fat deposits, things get a little trickier. The calf area is not a common focal point for liposuction, especially because it tends to be a highly muscular area. It’s also essential that you have at least a little bit of fat on your legs for them to be healthy. The procedure can be a bit complicated as your surgeon finds this balance to leave the right amount of fat behind. Liposuction of the calves tends to last somewhere between one and two hours.
You should keep in mind your recovery timeline before committing to a surgery like this. Liposuction anywhere on the body can have a longer recovery time, usually several weeks before patients are able to resume all of their normal activities. The calves may not be fully healed for four to five months, although some patients take up to 10 months to be completely recovered. This might not mean you have to delay zipping up those boots however, so talk to your plastic surgeon for clear guidelines as you heal.
Who Is a Candidate for Boot Bulge Liposuction?
In general, the ideal candidate for liposuction is a male or female who is frustrated by specific areas of their bodies where fat cells seem to have built up over time. Liposuction candidates should be close to their ideal weight but have firm, elastic skin. They should be in good overall health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations for their surgical results. A consultation with a plastic surgeon can answer any questions you may have about the process and about your own body.
Specific to this calf-based liposuction, good candidates should also have enough fat on their calves to make this treatment possible. Runners and other intense athletes might not fit into books because of their over-sized calf muscles. In this case, there’s not much that can be done to help. If your calves are too big because of fat cells, then this procedure was designed for you.
Where Can I Learn More About Body Contouring?
If you’re looking for a liposuction procedure to help you achieve the slimmer look you want, the right plastic surgeon makes all the difference. Consult with Dr. Ronald Lohner, an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon based in Philadelphia who offers male breast reductions to his patients as a solution for gynecomastia. He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and medical school at UMDNJ-Rutgers. Currently, Dr. Lohner is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital and holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. His peers have selected him as a Philadelphia area Top Doctor for the last eight years. His office is located at 919 Conestoga Road, Building I, Suite 200 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on the Main Line. Please call his office at 610-519-0600 to schedule a consultation for your liposuction procedure.