Today's cosmetic surgery practices provide a procedure called calf augmentation or calf implants. In these cosmetic surgeries, a silicone-based implant is inserted into the calf area of the lower leg. These procedures are done either for reconstructive or aesthetic purposes. Patients who elect for a calf implant or calf augmentation should know what to expect after the treatment to help them practice good home care and know the signs of post-op complications.
Calf Implants and Immediate Results
When the calf implant is correctly done, the result should be a pair of matched calves that have symmetry. During the post-operation process, if the implants shift significantly, the patient may need to go back for a follow-up visit and further treatment. Because silicone implants provide a more permanent result than other similar treatments like fat grafting or dermal fillers, many patients do not report significant changes after the recovery period.
Recovery for Calf Augmentation
Generally, after a patient has a calf implant surgery, a recovery period applies. Patients will want to avoid most types of leg activity for about a week. Significant leg exercises should be avoided for about three weeks. A qualified doctor will explain specific recovery time periods for an individual patient. Patients may be asked to raise their legs while sitting. They'll also want to look out for any signs of post-operative bleeding.
During the recovery period, patients should be aware of any sudden changes, such as elevated pain levels, skin discoloration, or other symptoms that may indicate allergic reactions, infection or other complications from the surgery.
Long Term Recovery
After about a month, the patient should be back to his regular schedule. The calf implants should provide a stable change to the lower leg area. There is a chance of continued shifting of the implants. If this occurs, the patient should go back to see the doctor who performed the surgery.
After you have had a calf implant surgery, a significant impact can cause complications. Monitor the area if you are involved in an accident or injury that caused possible trauma to the lower leg to make sure that the impact did not affect the implants.
Overall, a calf implant is somewhat maintenance-free after the initial recovery period. A critical step for patients is to assess the look and feel of the implants over time. Any shifting, as noted, may require a follow-up. Also, if the implants do not feel right when you are putting pressure on them, you may want to consult with your doctor about whether they will ﾓsettleﾔ or whether they need to be re-aligned or otherwise reworked. Always consider the qualified medical opinion of your doctor before signing up for any kind of treatment or procedure. Giving doctors timely and accurate information about your prescription medications and current medical conditions helps to avoid some common problems and complications with calf implants, both during the surgery and later in the recovery period.