What are Calf Implants?
Calves can impact one’s silhouette and enhance aesthetical proportions while maintaining symmetry. Enlarged calves can boost one’s confidence and are tougher to achieve with exercise. However, calf augmentation is possible via implants, it is a simple cosmetic surgical procedure that enhances the lower hind of the legs to suit the patient’s body proportions – resulting in symmetrical, aesthetic and seemingly fitter calves. Calf implants can also be used for reconstructive surgery of patients who suffer from muscle atrophy and muscle injury due to trauma or other reasons.
- Expectations – during the consultancy, the patient is prompted to express their desired expectations with the surgeon and discuss its possibilities. Showing pictures of desired results is more helpful in reaching a consensus.
- Medical history – the physician will ask the patient about their past-medical history as well as family history to ensure that they are eligible to undergo the surgery. Patients with blood disorders are advised not to undergo this procedure as they are at higher risk.
- Communication – the surgeon will clarify all the do’s, don’ts and other clarifications in detail for both pre-surgery and post-surgery.
- Photography – a professional will take before and after pictures in different angles to record the change made due to the procedure. The patient may also be provided with a photoshopped picture before the surgery to have realistic expectations.
- Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking a week before the procedure as it can affect the surgery and healing process.
- Medications – after reviewing the patient’s medical history, the physician may ask the patient to stop consumption of certain medicines. They include – aspirin, immunosuppressants, anti-inflammatory medicine, herbal capsules, blood thinners and other anti-coagulants.
- Care – the patient will be asked to arrange for driven transport as they cannot drive post-surgery. It is also advisable to have someone at home to help a few days during recovery.
- Implants – the implants used are either made of silicone or saline. The size of the implant depends on the volume of augmentation the patient desires and the doctor recommends.
Calf Implants Procedure for Skinny Legs
Calf augmentation via calf implants is performed under local intravenous anaesthesia or general anaesthesia. The procedure begins with the surgeon making an incision behind the knee. The surgeon then proceeds to size and fit the implant into place. Once desired results are achieved, the surgeon wraps up the procedure by closing the incision using sutures. The entire duration of the surgery is 1 to 2 hr.
The surgeon may also recommend this procedure to be combined along with fat grafting to enhance and achieve the best results. Calf implants along with fat grafting can provide a more natural-looking finish.
Risks & recovery
- Downtime – the patient can resume normal activities in 10 to 14 days.
- Activities – there should be minimal leg movement for the first few days into recovery. The patient is advised to refrain from using their legs as much as possible
- Exercise – Swimming, gymming or any strenuous exercise should be avoided until prompted by the surgeon.
- Garments – the patient will be required to wear compression bandages until healing has commenced.
- Scarring – depending on the technique used, there may be visible scarring behind the leg. It is typically hidden under body hair, nevertheless, it can be reduced using laser resurfacing.
- Bruising – in case of calf augmentation, the patient’s skin will stretch rapidly and lead to severe bruising due to volume increase.
- Sensation – there may be partial loss of sensation after complete healing. This can cause temporary or permanent numbness around the treated area.
- Disruption – there is a possibility that the implant ruptures or moves away from its original placement. In this case, the patient may require another surgery.
- General risks – surgical procedures may cause redness, bruising, bleeding, scarring, loss of sensation and infection.
- Rest – the patient is advised to take complete rest to promote fast healing.
- Ice & compression – the wound should be compressed with an ice pack to reduce swelling.
- Elevation – the patient is advised to sleep in an upright position and elevating the leg. This reduces swelling and avoids any tugging and pressure on the implant.
- Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking for up to two weeks post-treatment. Smoking can interfere with blood flow and can cause problems with healing.
- Alcohol – the patient is advised to avoid alcohol consumption for a few weeks as it can counteract with medications prescribed for aftercare.
- Medicines – the surgeon may prescribe painkillers, immunosuppressants and antibiotics. They can be a combination of tablets as well as topical treatments. These medicines need to be used promptly as prescribed by the physician.