Cover up, slim down, or suck away — find out how you can fix your cankles this summer season.
As temperatures rise, so do hemlines– which means you no longer have jeans and pant suits to conceal your cankles. “Cankles” is the oh-so kind and clever nickname for thick lower legs that lack distinction between the calf and the ankle. Whether your cankles are an unlucky genetic gift, or caused by the few extra pounds you carry on your frame, we’ve talked to fitness, fashion, and medical experts about how to make your cankles look like slender ankles in no time.
Fitness expert Erica Roselius offers diet and exercise advice about how to slim down heavy ankles.
“Cankles are somewhat structural depending on genetics and the shape of your legs. Best advice I can give is to follow a healthy low-fat diet that is based on whole food nutrition and to keep your body fat percentage in a healthy range by doing some form of exercise at least four days a week,” says Erica.
When you don’t have time to slim down, here’s a quick trick to make your ankles look slimmer.
If you need to be in shorts fast, self-tanner like St. Tropez Perfect Legs Spray is always a quick way to create the illusion that your legs are smaller than they are.
If self-tanner isn’t your thing, celebrity style expert Stephany Greene has tips about what you should wear this summer to flatter your cankles.
Consider high heels:
When you want your legs to look a mile long, wearing higher heels (assuming you can walk in them) is going to help you look better than you might realize.
Pointy shoes are a must:
Creating contrast with smaller toes makes everything else seem smaller too. Ignore or discard ballet flats, and any shoe with a rounded toe. Know which trends to follow and which ones to ignore. This is one to ignore. I haven’t worn a ballet flat since I was a ballet dancer in pointe shoes 25 years ago.
Don’t wear ankle length gladiators or sling backs:
No matter how popular they are, never wear gladiator sandals or sling backs that end at the ankle. By wrapping straps around the ankle, these styles attract attention to cankles instead of flattering them. Do wear knee length gladiators. One of the best and most ideal ways to flatter your cankles is to wear sandals that lace all the way up the leg by wrapping skinny straps around the ankle and calf, ending up slightly below the knee.
Nude high heels with a low vamp elongate the leg:
The color of your shoe should match the color of your skin as much as possible. You can never go wrong with a nude patent leather high heel pump with a low vamp. The vamp is the area on top of your foot that’s empty when you’re wearing a high heel pump. The lower and wider the vamp (and the closer it is to your toes), the more of your foot is seen and the less focus will be on your cankles.
Hail to The Maxi Dress:
Maxi dresses are a current but timeless trend that should be a staple in your wardrobe, especially in the summer. Look like you’re a sexy model in a photo shoot as your dress billows in the wind when you walk.
If you’re sick of constantly working on covering and camouflaging your cankles, here’s what doctors recommend to get rid of them for good.
(Before & After by Dr. Copeland)
“Liposuction as an outpatient procedure under I.V. sedation can easily reduce the bulge that some people have in their ankles. The skin typically retracts well and the incisions are easily hidden in the body’s natural contours in the sides of the ankles. Because a procedure on such bony body parts requires delicacy, I use several innovative forms of liposuction, including SmartLipo, in order to contour and resculpture the area while providing the most beautiful results with minimal scarring. SmartLipo, used in combination with other forms of liposuction or alone, is a procedure that uses laser light to liquefy fat and tighten the surrounding skin. It involves less downtime and side-effects than traditional liposuction and is particularly good for small areas of fat deposits like the ankles. New technology that’s gentler and faster than ever before not only allows the removal of fat, but also resculpts the body.
When looking for a surgeon for something very specific, such as liposuction of the calves and ankles, it is important to find a doctor who routinely performs the procedure and who can show you before and after pictures of patients that they have operated on. These images will not only give you a sense of the surgeon’s skill, but will help you to better visualize the procedure for yourself.”- Dr. Michelle Copeland
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