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If you are one of those people who don't have well-defined ankles in juxtaposition to your calves, then this article is for you.
We intend to get down and dirty with some information about improving the appearance of your ankles and calves using both surgical and non-surgical techniques.
So, let's get started.
I can't imagine anyone out there who hasn't heard this fashionable slang...
"Cankles" are a non-scientific way to describe someone (generally female) with big, blocky legs that don't taper down to a delicate ankle.
It is important to understand that genetics controls our physical appearance to a large degree. How we store fat, how large our muscles are, and how small our bones are, is a function of genetics.
So, we really must be realistic when we assess our body types...
Not all of us have delicate ankles. In fact, all of the women in my family are thick-boned and meaty from our backsides all the way down to the toes.
Can anyone out there relate to what I'm saying?...
Personally, no matter how hard I exercise or how much weight I lose, my stubborn cankles pretty much go along for the ride.
So, I think being realistic is really important.
Are you pregnant?...
It is true that many women develop cankles during pregnancy. However, those women who return to their pre-pregnancy weights can resolve their pregnancy-related cankles. But your cankles can become more permanent after pregnancy if your weight does not return to normal once the baby is born.
Cankles can also be a sign of health troubles.
If your ankles are swollen and retaining fluid it could be a sign of kidney trouble, diabetes, or vascular disease. Be sure to get checked out if your suspect that declining health is the culprit.
So, you can see that there are many reasons why we have cankles. Let's talk about what to do about them.
Diet and exercise is king...
For those who are over-weight and everything is large (include your calves and ankles), then losing some weight is imperative.
A good plan of attack is to: Do cardio that burns fat and shapes your glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves. Exercises like hill running, and walking, stair-climbing,inline-skating, and out-of-the-saddle hill climbing on a spin bike, will all burn calories and tone key muscles in the lower body.
So, for those healthy individuals who cannot lose their cankles after diet and exercise you may consider surgery.
Ankle liposuction is one of the surgical techniques that have been used successfully to reshape the cankle area.
Another surgical option is calf implants. If your ankles are large with respect to your ankles - increasing the girth of your calves with implants may help add some needed contouring and proportionality.
For more surgical options available to you currently, be sure to consult a board-certified surgeon in your local area.
Between the two surgical options mentioned above, calf implants are definitely the more invasive of the two.
Many of you would consider having calf or ankle liposuction to gently contour your cankle area, before you would ever consider inserting implants in your legs. However, both surgeries carry with them some risks.
Generally some of the risks of ankle liposuction surgery are (but are not limited to):
Definitely, take some time to discuss your risk factors with a qualified plastic surgeon.
No one can tell you what is right for you. Only you know that.
However if there is any way for you to accept your body just as you find it - especially after dieting, exercising and generally improving your mental and physical well-being - then you will be able to avoid the dangers associated with surgery.
Understand that defying your genetics comes at a price.
BUT if you are determined to have surgery, then please make sure that you take the time to pick a well-qualified plastic surgeon.
Period - end of sentence.
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