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How to get skinny legs by cutting off muscle
Calf Surgery for obtaining skinny legs
In South Korea and also rather very popular in Japan, women are having calf surgery to reduce the muscle in their calves for a more slimmer slender leg. Koreans, similar to Japanese tend to have shorter legs than Caucasians and blacks on average, and being in the country you may often see women with quite developed calf muscles even though they don't do any muscle training to build up that area. Many woman especially in Korea believe that muscular legs are not very sexy and stress about trying to shed the natural bulk as in many cases it's not fat , its mainly muscle. I think most western men find muscly legs quite sexy to some extent but its not viewed like that in the far east. Many Asian men prefer the skinny legs especially since there are a lot of recent Korea (K-pop) all girls groups which are popular in Japan nowadays and they all seem to have the exact shape slender legs e.g. "Kara".
Luckily for some, cosmetic surgeons have a way how to get skinny legs, by removing excess muscle. This is kind of calf surgery is called Calf Augmentation. Sounds like a gory operation? No at all, they have ways of inserting surgically sharp needle like instruments into the calf area and severing certain nerves which causes excess muscle to relax and naturally reduce in size. It's a very quick operation, very affordable but takes a few months to recover. About 70%-80% of muscle mass is removed in one typical operation, and the remaining muscle is enough for the patient to continue in normal daily activities leaving their legs slimmer and more slender in appearance.
Many foreigners have traveled to Korea or Japan to get this type of calf surgery for slimmer legs and the trend has also spread to some parts of China due to the relatively low cost of the operation.
See the image below. Personally I don't think there is anything wrong with the before picture, however many women would prefer the "After" thinner less curvier legs.
Results of calf surgery
Which legs do you think are sexier, Before or After?
In the above poll, I see that the vast majority of people prefer the "After Picture". It would be interesting to see demographics of the people who voted. Foreigners who live in Asian countries tend not to mind the curvier larger females, this is very evident when you observe international couples together.
It would also be interesting to see what men think but the results don't indicate gender.
The reasons for thick calves
Genetics and ethnicity often play a role in the shape of ones legs however, certain lifestyles can encourage thicker legs or a certain leg shape. For example women who stand up for long periods wearing heels are likely to get big thick calves due to the fact that the muscle in that area is constantly being stimulated.
For Asians (Far East) too much exercise can contribute to out of proportion calf muscles, which may even seem bigger than the thighs. Whereas women with African roots will tend to gain more mass in the thigh department and have much less mass in the calves.
What sports you do may also alter the shape of one legs but not the case for everyone.
Since its a muscle that cannot be easily reduced in size, good fitness trainers should be able to show to how to shape your legs up so that the muscles are not concentrated in one particular area. Lengthening the muscle by stretching can also result in a slimmer calf.
How to get slimmer calves and skinny legs
1. Try not to spend too much time on the balls of your feet. When you move around try to avoid the balls of your feet and this puts stress on the calf muscles.
2. Cardiovascular exercises are a very good way to slim down your legs and especially your calf muscles. The best thing to do with cardio is to do it with minimal resistance. It needs to be done for longer periods of time and at a very slow pace. So try to stick to flat surfaces not uphill or on rough terrain. Completely avoid any exercises that require for strength or power.
3. Avoid too many jumping activities or exercises or extended periods as this tends to overwork the calves.
4. Avoid any kind of climbing if possible. Stair machines and similar exercises need to be avoided.
5. If you’re going to do weight training, ensure you use lighter weights and do more reps. Doing less reps with heavier weights will only cause your leg muscles (including your calf muscles) to get bigger.
6. Stretching is very important. Stretching can lengthen your muscles so that they more slender. Try Yoga and Pilates for the best stretching exercises.
7. Try to rotate and change up your calf slimming exercises a couple times a month. your muscles may become ineffective if they are used to the same movement all the time.
8. Jobs with a lot of standing around not only puts a lot of tension on the calves put can encourage varicose veins which can be unsightly and adds to the overall mass.
Why not be proud of your legs
After living in Asia for a decade and a half, I am glad to see that some women are very proud of their natural leg muscle, and even further build on it like this Vietnamese woman in the picture. Very muscly legs but very shapely and attractive. Due to genetics, she may have a harder time building up her upper half but nevertheless she has done well as has an attract physique.
Muscular but shapely legs
Korean Pop idols
The K-pop queens "Kara" seem to be running things over here in the far east along many other similar groups. Korea is well known for not only the leg surgery but plastic surgery in general. Many suspect that these girls have been through it all, even as they are so young. They all have the same shaped legs, which is what most Asian girls long for these days. Many women with curvy shapely legs may even be label as fat, even though they are not technically. Japanese tend to think that the same one plastic surgeon deals with the whole group. It is rather apparent even from the facial features.
However looking at the video below. The one of the far right seems to have nice shapely legs with decent muscle mass, maybe she has had that cut away since.
Many Korean women have also been known to have calf reduction surgery in order to fit into fashionable knee high boots.
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