Microsuction of ankles (cankle surgery)
“Cankles” is the commonly used term to describe a lack of transition in shape between the ankles and the lower portion of the calf.
The condition results in a relative shapeless ankle area, and can be due to many causes, the most common of which is a genetic predisposition. Sometimes weight gain concentrates in this area, causing “cankles, and it is sometimes caused by fluid retention.
Most healthy adults have the condition from youth, and it is purely an anatomic variation and does not signal illness.
Dr. Imber has pioneered the treatment of “Cankles” by microsuction, with generally excellent results. The procedure is performed under intravenous sedation, and local anesthetic. Patients are in twilight sleep and feel nothing. Incisions about a quarter of and inch in length are made on both sides of the ankle, and a small, sterile, steel cannula is inserted to remove all excess fat. This shapes the ankle from both inside and outside, and up toward the calf. The calf itself is not included in the procedure.
For most patients this results in a marked improvement in shape. For some, where the lower calf muscle is excessive the result is less dramatic. But, in virtually all cases there is significant, and often dramatic, improvement.
Complications are rare, and include the possibility of numbness in the area. Post operatively, dressings of gauze and ace bandage are applied. These are exchanged for compressive stockings after 48 hours.
There is little post operative discomfort, and the procedure is much appreciated for its aesthetic improvement.