When you're looking at a calf augmentation procedure, also called a calf implant, it's important to know about how this process can affect your body. The calf implant surgery is often an elective procedure that helps to develop the shape of the lower leg by placing a silicone or other implant around the gastrocnemius muscle area.
The process typically includes a recovery period, and some side effects that patients should know about before choosing this kind of medical procedure. Here are some of the major side effects that patients often report after a calf augmentation process. Knowing about some of these conditions can help patients figure out whether their reactions are a normal part of the process, or something that needs quick follow-up care.
Some pain is going to be a natural part of the post-operative process. A certain level of pain is the body's reaction to having nerves and tissues disturbed. However, any sharp elevation in pain can mean that the patient is experiencing some of the many possible complications of this surgery. Monitor pain levels carefully, and go back to a doctor with any significant increases in pain that don't seem entirely natural or related to use of the legs.
Some patients who are vulnerable to scarring may experience uncommonly extreme scarring from a calf augmentation procedure. Hypertrophic or keloidal scarring are things to look out for after this type of treatment. A doctor can consult the patient about these conditions and his risks before the procedure.
Again, some kinds of bruising and swelling in the affected areas can be normal, but patients have to use their own best judgment in deciding when to bring these conditions to the attention of their physician. Some kinds of skin discoloration can indicate infections or other serious complications.
Sometimes, after a calf augmentation process or a similar treatment, there can be side effects related to the sewing up of the area with sutures. This can be part of any operation where this common element is used. The patient may experience pain or itchiness where sutures are rubbing against tissues, or the sutures can even begin to come out in some cases. Extreme suture discomfort may not be the norm, but the patient should be ready for some of this to occur in the days after the treatment.
In addition to post-op pain and other common side effects, patients can see some slight alterations of the surface skin as the tissue ﾓsettles.ﾔ Doctors might call this ﾓskin dimplingﾔ or some similar thing, but unless it is very pronounced, it can be a normal part of the recovery.
Patients will want to talk to doctors about all of these and other common side effects for calf augmentation before going in for the treatment. Getting good pre-surgical advice from doctors is critical to helping patients make the most of their elective cosmetic procedures and helping them to effectively practice home care after leaving the medical facility.