Calf Augmentation – Calf Implants
Calf implant surgery enhances the appearance of the calf muscles resulting in more shapely and anatomically balanced legs. Calf implants are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are placed over the calf muscles to achieve the desired result. This procedure has become very popular in recent years as more people have become aware of this surgery.
Reasons For Calf Implants
There are many reasons why people choose to receive calf implants. Some may feel their legs are too skinny resulting in “bird legs”. Many women choose to get calf implants to enhance the appearance of their legs with the goal of having sexy legs, while men may choose to receive implants to make their calf muscles appear larger as if they work out regularly. Since the calf muscle can be one that is hard to develop through exercise, implants solve this problem by adding definition and mass. Those who have congenital defects such as spina bifida or clubfoot may elect to have calf augmentation surgery.
It is critical to choose a surgeon who is experienced with this type of surgery. An experienced surgeon will know which size and shape of calf implant will most naturally fit with your body shape. He or she will be able to assess the appearance of the implants after surgery.
Calf augmentation surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The implants are placed through small incisions in the crease behind the knee. An incision is made in the fascia of the gastroc muscle. A pocket is created between the fascia and underlying muscle. The implant is then placed into this pocket. The surgeon will then examine the implant and if satisfied, will close up the incisions.
Surgical recovery takes about one week. The first couple of days should be spent in bed with the legs elevated. After a couple days, walking is encouraged. While resting, it is important to keep the legs elevated to reduce swelling and discomfort. Walking will begin to feel more natural after about three weeks.
Cosmetic recovery can take a while longer, usually several weeks or months. Once all the swelling and bruising have disappeared, full results of the implant surgery will be visible. One can usually return to normal activities one to two months after surgery.
As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection and a reaction to anesthesia. Other risks include bleeding, nerve and muscle damage, asymmetry and slippage of the implant.