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Gerald Imber, M.D.


Ankle Microsuction

Based in New York City

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.

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Ankle microsuction or cankle surgery is a little known procedure that virtually changes the lives and self-perception of people who have genetically shapeless ankles. It is a fast, well tolerated procedure with very little downside. Unfortunately, the ability to do this is not as widely known as it should be.

Gerald Imber, MD

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.

Your Ankle Microsuction will be performed in Dr. Imber‘s Surgery center located in NYC.

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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.

He is very thorough, meticulous, detail oriented and you cannot negotiate services or anything with him. It’s his way or the highway. I had a lot of work done years ago long before plastic surgery was so common. My daughter went to him last year for lipo and he is exactly as thorough and precise as he was then. If you are a Botox junkie looking for quick fixes on the cheap, he probably won’t be right for you. His work is very subtle, understated, natural and undetectable.
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Complications for Ankle Microsuction 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.

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