Shape challenged ankles, also commonly referred to as ‘cankles’ are when the ankle is not as slender and slim as expected. It is common for there to be a lack of definition between the calves and ankles, leaving the bottom of the legs straight and un-shapely. Many men and women suffer from chunky or bigger ankles, and it is completely normal and natural.

The causes of shape challenged ankles vary between individuals, but genetics play a big part in the ankle shape. For some, fat is more prone to be stored around the ankles, causing them to look larger and less defined. This is more common in those who are overweight as they will have more excess fat for the body to store. Muscles also play a part in shape challenged ankles, as sometimes having poorly defined muscles in the lower legs can make the ankles look bigger.

Stubborn fat in the ankle and calves can also be caused by an under reported condition called lipoedema. Lipoedema is usually diagnosed by experienced health care professionals and is resistant to all lifestyle changes.

Those suffering from shape challenged ankles sometimes find themselves feeling self-conscious about the area and may try to keep ankles hidden. This can have an impact on their overall happiness and self-confidence.

Shape Challenged Ankles Treatment At Hans Place Practice

At Hans Place Practice, we can carry out various treatments which can help to reduce the appearance of cankles and reshape chunky ankles;

VASER Liposuction

As shape challenged ankles are often a result of excess fatty tissue, Vaser Liposuction can be used to reduce the fat cells. Vaser Liposuction uses ultrasound energy to emulsify the fat around the ankle, and a small wand is used to give ultimate precision. Liquified fat is carefully removed using an aspiration process, and the area is sculpted using special cannulas. The results of Vaser Lipo are impressive, with the ankles left slim, slender and defined.

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Alongside Vaser Liposuction, Renuvion can also be used to treat shape challenged ankles. A Renuvion wand is inserted subdermally into the area and applies radiofrequency energy to the collagen tissue. This encourages new collagen production and results in the skin being firmed and toned.

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