Get Lovely Lower Legs

With so much emphasis on our tummies needing tightening and our rear ends needing lifting, sometimes we forget about the area below the knee. But our calves are just as important as those other body parts, as they carry the weight of our day, take us to new heights and come in handy when flirtatious situations present themselves. Here are some tips to tone yours up for your next stroll in stilettos.

Create smaller calves. Consider speaking with your plastic surgeon about using Botox off-label to minimize large, bulky-looking calves. Botox paralyzes the muscle, causing it to atrophy to some degree. You may need multiple treatments, but the result will be less-bulky legs.

Slim down cankles. When fatty deposits live in the lower part of the leg, there is less distinction between the calf and ankle and the ankle looks sort of swollen with the engorged fat cells, creating the dreaded “cankle” look. They can also be caused by edema, pregnancy or kidney problems; so get checked out for those before proceeding. If your doctor confirms that fat is the problem, one option is liposuction, which can help create a more defined lower leg. The recovery is lengthy, and swelling may last a while following liposuction in this area.

Banish veins. Although it's been around for quite some time, sclerotherapy is the gold standard for eliminating spider and small varicose veins. During the procedure, the physician will inject a solution that causes the veins to collapse over time. Because these are surface-level veins, your body won't miss them.

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