Calf augmentation is a cosmetic surgery process that is becoming popular for those who want to enhance the look of their lower leg area. Patients often choose calf augmentation for either reconstructive or aesthetic purposes. This procedure is relatively invasive, and involves putting a silicone-based implant inside the leg. Some patients like to look at alternatives and other treatments before going ahead with a calf implant or augmentation.
Subdermal or ﾓLightﾔ Calf Implant
A very similar procedure to conventional calf augmentation is a different kind of implant placement that goes just below the skin. The traditional calf implant is often installed below the fascia or connective muscle tissues of the calf or gastrocnemius muscles. With a subdermal implant, the implant is less integrated into the muscle structure and nearer to the surface of the skin. This can be an option for some patients who don't feel they need a ﾓdeepﾔ application of a calf implant.
Other patients who don't want a silicone implant sometimes choose a certain type of liposuction or fat grafting. In this process, fat from other areas of the body is injected into the calves. One downfall is that the results are going to be relatively temporary; over time, the fat will not stay in a rigid, defined position, as the silicone calf implants will do for many years. That's why some patients consider a fat grafting approach to be an insufficient way to enhance the calves.
Hylauronic Acid Based Dermal Filler Treatments
There are also a range of other products containing hylauronic acid, a natural avian material, that doctors can use to ﾓfill inﾔ the calf area. However, some of the same concerns that apply to fat grafting also apply to these treatments. There's no guarantee that the material will provide a long term result, where these kinds of materials can shift or disintegrate over time. In contrast to the implantation of solid silicone based pieces, dermal fillers can only provide a kind of ﾓsuggestiveﾔ augmentation, although the relatively natural materials and less invasive process appeal to some patients.
Non-surgical Calf Augmentation
Lots of people point out that there's a very natural alternative to implant in materials in the calf area. Targeted muscle training can sometimes grow calves quite well. Calf implants are generally for those who, for one reason or another, cannot grow their calves naturally by building up the muscles. Genetics and chronic conditions have a lot to do with whether an individual can build up calf muscles over time, or whether they can benefit from a calf implant or other assistive procedures.
Consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon before proceeding with one of these treatments. Always discuss the possible risks and complications, as well as side effects related to a procedure. Provide your doctors with an up-to-date list of prescription medications and current medical conditions in order to avoid bad medical and drug interactions for a calf implant or similar treatment.