Calf Augmentation

What is Calf Augmentation?

Calf augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the calf muscles. Some people undergo this procedure because they desire more shapely, muscular-looking calves. Others wish to restore shape and symmetry to the calves following injury or disease. Illnesses that can affect the shape and symmetry of the calves include clubfoot, polio and spina bifida.

How does Calf Augmentation work?

Calf augmentation is usually performed through the use of firm silicone implants. When inserted under the skin, the implants can give the appearance of a shapely, toned calf muscle.

How is Calf Augmentation performed?

The calf augmentation procedure generally takes about an hour to complete, and is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Local or general anesthesia may be used. Patients usually lie face down for this procedure. Calf augmentation usually requires incisions in the back of the knee, where scars are less visible. The surgeon will create an open space beneath the skin, to allow room for the implant. Calf implants are generally positioned above the calf muscle. Implants of different sizes or shapes may be used in each leg. A successful calf augmentation generally leaves both calves similar in appearance. Patients who have suffered muscle damage or wasting due to injury or disease may need only one implant.

What is Calf Augmentation recovery like?

Most patients will recover from calf augmentation surgery in about two weeks. Normal side effects can include inflammation, soreness and pain in the calves. Many patients equate the side effects of calf augmentation to the muscle soreness that can occur after an especially heavy bout of physical activity. Most people can resume their normal activities within a week or 10 days of calf augmentation surgery. Patients may need to refrain from walking during the first few weeks after surgery. Most patients are walking normally again within four to six weeks.

What are the risks of Calf Augmentation?

The risks of calf augmentation can include excessive bleeding and infection. In some cases, the implants may spontaneously change position after surgery, giving the calves an abnormal and less than symmetrical appearance.

What are the results of Calf Augmentation?

If calf augmentation is performed correctly, the calves will appear more defined and shapely. Men often seek a more muscular appearance, while women usually desire a more streamlined, svelte appearance. Ideally, both calves will be the same shape and size, and the calves will be proportional to the rest of the leg. The silicone implants can last for many years. 

Who is a good candidate for Calf Augmentation?

People who suffer from deformities of the lower leg or legs are generally considered good candidates for calf augmentation. Others may simply wish to enhance the appearance of their legs in order to boost confidence and self-esteem. Good candidates for calf augmentation have good circulation to the lower legs. They are free of serious medical problems. Potential patients should generally be in good mental and physical health. They should understand the benefits and limitations of the procedure.

Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.

By PlasticSurgeons.com Staff
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