Calf Implants Surgery (Calf augmentation)
Sometimes men are looking to increase bulk and add muscular definition and contour to their calves. Patients may opt for calf augmentation so that their legs and thighs are symmetrical. In addition, calf implants may be appropriate for people with certain medical conditions such as club foot, because they tend to have contracted calf muscles.
CALF IMPLANT PROCEDURE
Calf implants are made of malleable silicone. They are available in a host of shapes and sizes. Dr. Skarparis will choose the right size for your leg and mold the implant to the shape of your calf. Calf implant surgery takes approximately two and a half hours to perform. It is usually performed with a local anesthetic and intravenous sedation, or under general anesthesia.
To place the implants, Dr. Skarparis makes a small incision on the back of the knee and places the implants into pockets formed over the calf muscles in each leg. There are two muscles that make up the calf. The implants are basically tucked under the thick tissue beneath the skin and the fat in the calves. Calf implants can be combined with Liposuction of the knees or ankles to improve the overall appearance of the legs.
CALF IMPLANT RECOVERY
Calf implant surgery requires 2-3 weeks recovery time when activities must be moderate. Walking must be moderate at first. Leg elevation can help minimize the swelling, as wearing high-heeled shoes when walking. Compression stockings or ace bandages around the calves will also help alleviate swelling and discomfort. Most people can resume their normal activities within eight weeks after calf implant surgery. As a general rule, exercise is off limits for four to six weeks after calf augmentation, and running must be avoided for up to three months.
CALF AUGMENTATION RISKS
Risks of calf implantation surgery include:
- Implant shifting (rare)
Calf augmentation can give very rewarding results and enhance the appearance of the lower limbs.