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Gerald Imber, M.D.

EXCELLENCE AND EXPERIENCE IN PLASTIC SURGERY

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.

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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.

Ankle Microsuction FAQ’s

What is Ankle Microsuction?

Ankle microsuction or cankle surgery is a procedure that virtually changes the lives and self-perception of people who have genetically shapeless ankles. Incisions about a quarter of an 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.

Who is the right candidate for Ankle Microsuction?

“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. If you feel you may be a candidate, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Imber.

What type of anesthesia will I receive?

Local anesthesia with sedation.

How long will recovery take?

Post operatively, dressings of gauze and ace bandage are applied. These are exchanged for compressive stockings after 48 hours.

Are there any non-invasive alternatives?

No, there aren’t any non-invasive alternatives for Ankle Microsuction.

Why do I need a board certified plastic surgeon?

A board certified plastic surgeon holds the highest levels of education and training needed to deliver the best results. This qualification is not easy to achieve, so by using a board-certified plastic surgeon, you also know they meet the standards of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Will there be any scarring?

Scarring could appear where the small incisions were made but will fade over time.

How much does Ankle Microsuction cost?

Any question you have regarding procedure costs can be discussed during your consultation at Dr. Imber’s office.

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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