Calf implants are an aesthetic procedure to enhance the contour and shape of a male or females calves. The shape of a person’s calf can depend on the length of the leg, the development of the muscle and the distribution of fat in the area. Calf implants improve the visual effect of the calf from the front, sides and the back-calf area.
People may choose to get a calf implant when they have a short gastrocnemius muscle (upper calf area). Calf implants improve the visual appeal of calves with symmetry, clearly defined shape, contour and creates overall proportion with other parts of the body.
A significant proportion of patients undertake calf implants to enhance their physical appearance, calf implants are also helpful for people suffering with a variety of medical conditions. Patients who have experienced a physical trauma to their lower legs, including a deformity or an illness causing the muscle to diminish benefit from calf implants. Other medical conditions such as spina bifida or Charcot- marine- Tooth disease could also benefit from calf implant surgery.
Calf implant surgery can generally be accomplished in one to two hours. The surgery is conducted under general anaesthetic and patients are only required to stay at the hospital or clinic during the day.
The implant is inserted in the fold behind the knee, the insertion is between 5cm- 7cm long, with possible scarring that length or smaller, the scarring will start to heal approximately ten days after the surgery, and eventually fade. The most popular method for inserting calf implants is subfascially in the tissue that holds the muscle to the bones. This is the least invasive option and generates a faster recovery time then the alternative which is deep into the muscle.
As with any surgery there are possible risks and complications. The possible complications associated with calf implant surgery are bleeding, infection, displacement, asymmetry, poor healing and scaring. The recovery time requires bed rest with the legs elevated for forty-eight hours, this assists to reduce the swelling and enhance circulation. Walking is recommended to be minimal for the initial recovery period, showering is restricted until three days after surgery, minimum. Patients are required to wear a specifically designed support wrap over the leg area for six to eight weeks.
The result of the procedure is larger calf muscles, increasing tone contour and symmetry in the lower leg.