Many people find it difficult to develop their calf muscles, even with extensive,
targeted exercise. For some individuals, regardless of what they do, their lower
legs remain thin and undefined.
people have had an illness that has caused the leg muscles to
appear deteriorated or under-developed. Even bodybuilders sometimes
find that the well-defined calves they desire cannot be produced
by exercise alone, and they elect to have calf implant surgery
in order to produce a better-balanced lower body.
implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In the case of
disease or injury, custom implants may also be made from a mold
of the calf muscles. Most implants are made of pliable, but solid
materials, such as silicone. They are placed above the calf muscles
to enhance their appearance, giving the legs more definition
you're considering calf implant surgery, the following information
will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For
more detailed information about how this procedure may help you,
we recommend that you consult a plastic surgeon who is board
certified or has completed a residency program that includes
instruction in this procedure.
calf implant surgery, the legs can appear more shapely and defined.
This can create a greater feeling of confidence, particularly
in clothes such as shorts and swimsuits. For bodybuilders and
others, calf implants can bring the calves into better proportion
with the rest of their bodies. For those who have suffered from
a disease or injury, the surgery may help create a feeling of
victory over the disease, bringing an end to negative feelings
of being abnormal or different.
is calf implant surgery performed?
incision is made below the crease behind the knee. In this position,
any scar that remains after the surgery will most likely be well
concealed; however the scar will be visible to someone who looks
for it. The implant is inserted, and the incision is closed with
long does calf implant surgery take?
procedure takes about 1 hour per calf.
type of anesthesia is used?
calf implant surgery is usually performed using local anesthesia
along with a light sedative to make you feel drowsy and relaxed.
General anesthesia may also be used, causing you to be asleep
during the whole procedure.
is the procedure performed?
procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, either in
your doctor's office or in an outpatient clinic.
can I return home and resume normal activities?
is no hospital stay required and normal activities may be resumed
within a few days of the surgery. However, in order to allow
the body time to heal, vigorous activities such as exercise should
be delayed until about six weeks after the surgery.
do I prepare for calf implant surgery?
your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the changes
that you would like to make to your appearance. Since the appearance
of your calf is a matter of personal perception and preference,
you will need to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon
can determine the appropriate alternatives. You also should make
arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from
your procedure and to assist you with your daily activities during
your recovery period.
to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will perform a complete
health history and physical. Knowledge of your allergies, medications
and previous surgeries should be brought to your surgeon's attention
at this time. It is important that you tell your surgeon if you
are prone to heavy scarring, such as keloids. Specific instructions
to assist you in preparing for this procedure will be given to
you after the health history and physical is complete. Depending
on your individual health status, the instructions may include
guidelines regarding your diet, alcohol intake, smoking and which
medications to take or avoid. Your experience will be much smoother
if you remain compliant with your surgeon's instructions.
precautions are necessary during recovery?
should avoid strenuous activity for the several weeks. Please
ask your surgeon for after care instructions specific to your
case, as these will assist you during your recovery period.
are the possible complications after calf implant surgery?
complications from calf implants are infrequent. In rare cases,
there may be bleeding or shifting of the implants. During the
recovery, there is also a risk of the implant becoming distorted
as the body heals around it. No procedure is without risks; however,
the majority of complications known to be associated with a calf
implant are minor when the procedure is performed by an experienced
board certified plastic surgeon. It is always important to be
informed about the possible complications before any surgery.
Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
results can I expect after calf implant surgery?
following the surgery the calves may feel stiff and sore. Medication
and ice packs may be used in the first few days to reduce discomfort
and swelling. You may experience some discomfort as you resume
walking. It is very important to keep the legs clean in order
to prevent infection.
results of this procedure are generally long lasting and highly
satisfying. With time, the scars will fade until they are completely
unnoticeable. If you are self-conscious about your calves, this
procedure may open up new possibilities for a positive body image.