Liposuction has been a popular cosmetic surgery procedure for many years. It consistently ranks among the top five cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, unlike the other four procedures that target a specific area of the body – eyelids, face, nose and breasts – liposuction is a much more versatile treatment and can be used on a wide variety of locations. Traditionally, the most frequently targeted areas for lipo were:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Breasts
  • Buttocks

As the techniques for liposuction have been refined, cosmetic surgeons have added other sites to this list including the knees, lower face, neck and arms. As patients see the smoother contours that result from lipo, they request even more refined sculpting of specific problem areas. Here are a few more places where stubborn fatty deposits are now removed with liposuction.

Cankle Liposuction

Sometimes, thick ankles are the result of heavy bone structure. At other times, swelling is the culprit. But there are women who simply store fat in the lower calf. It’s a genetic tendency and achieving the desired amount of tapering from calf to ankle simply isn’t possible even with calf muscle exercises. Cankle lipo slims down the ankle to provide that definition. This isn’t an area that usually features drooping skin, so liposuction alone is usually sufficient to achieve the desired results. Because the fatty deposits here are small, extra skill is required to avoid damaging the underlying tissue. Micro-cannulas and laser lipo may be recommended for sculpting this surprisingly delicate area.

Banana Roll Liposuction

Also called a “bleg” (the area where the buttock meets the upper leg), the banana roll is a particularly troublesome feature if you want to look good in a pair of fitted jeans. Perhaps we can blame the return of the “skinny jean” and the creation of “jeggings” for highlighting this problem zone. The banana roll is a tricky area to treat with liposuction. In some women, this roll of fatty tissue is actually providing support to the buttocks. If this fatty shelf is removed, the buttocks may begin to sag or look flatter. The crease where the buttocks meet the back of the thigh may appear to be lower than before. Some surgeons prefer to do superficial liposuction in this area to provide a little firming of the banana roll rather than trying to reduce it substantially. If the banana roll is drooping, a buttock lif