Calf Augmentation

Lower leg sculpting by adding calf implants

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People who are unhappy with the shape or size of their calf muscles often choose to have implants placed inside to correct any number of problems resulting from injury, polio, spina bifida, or nerve disease. Others simply dislike the appearance of their calves and choose to augment them for cosmetic reasons. Many people cannot achieve the appearance they desire, even with strength training or exercise. Anyone in decent physical condition or good health can be a candidate for calf implant surgery.

The calf is a bilateral muscle. Half of it lies on the upper inside of the leg and the other on the upper outside of the leg. Each side of the muscle is attached femoral bone just above the knee and extends down the leg to the Achilles tendon at the heel. The implants may be one to each leg or two depending on the desired size. The implant(s) are placed through small incisions in the creases behind the knee. The skill of the surgeon is critical for determining the right size and shape. The doctor must assess the proportions correctly, and properly sculpt and place the implant, while anticipating any changes after the surgery.

During recovery from the surgery, it may take several weeks to return to walking comfortably. There may be some bruising and discomfort while the skin stretches to accommodate the implant. There shouldn’t be any intense physical activity for quite some time to allow for proper healing. As long as there are no complications, most people who undergo calf augmentation usually return back to full, unrestricted activities a month or two following surgery.

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