Calf augmentation, an increasingly popular procedure, creates a cosmetic fullness in the lower leg. Creating an aesthetic structure and balance to the leg, calf implants are often sought after by male and female patients who are unable to attain the calf structure they desire regardless of extensive exercise regimens. Best suited for lower leg sculpting, the procedure can also correct muscle imbalance as a result of both physical and congenital defects (skinny/chicken legs, bowleggedness, clubfoot, or disproportionate calf development).
Calf implants are usually only performed by a small, select group of plastic and cosmetic surgeons. Those who have an adept skill in forming (sculpting) and placing the solid silicone implants, removing any chance of implant migration or potential infection, as well as embody a keen sense of aesthetic balance, are typically suited for preforming the procedure. As such, determining the right size and shape is based on the skill of the surgeon. Dr. Adibfar, renowned for assessing accurate proportions, exceptional implant sculpting, and immaculate placement of the implant, can accurately address any concerns, end results and possible changes to the implant after surgery.
Patients who are of average physical condition and good health are selected candidates for the calf augmentation procedure.
Procedure and recovery
Calf augmentations works by enhancing the shape and size of the calf muscle by placing soft, solid silicone implants into the pockets overlying the existing gastrocnemius muscle. The calf muscle, a two-headed muscle (with one head on the upper inside of the leg, and the other on the upper outside of the leg), is located at the back of the leg, just above the knee extending downwards to the Achilles heel.
The implants, which can be either one or two implant per leg, are placed through small incisions in the creases behind the knee. Depending on the desired results, the patient may have only the inner head of the muscle enlarged, the otter head, or both. Dr. Adibfar will assist you in finding the best results to leave you with a more defined, and larger calf.
The recovery period can be divided into short-term surgical recovery and long-term cosmetic recovery.
Surgical recovery is the first week or so following the procedure itself. During this period the patient is instructed to walk around to assist in healing, but when lying or sitting to have legs elevated to reduce swelling and discomfort. Dressings are removed after two days, after which then the patient is encouraged to increase the intensity of their existing walking routine. This allows the muscles to start becoming accustomed to having implants present and the skin of the legs to begin stretching.
Long-term recovery begins two to three weeks after surgery, where normal walking begins; the skin stretches and loses its shiny appearance. Any slight bruising that may be around the incisions will now begin to fade, and scar-minimizing treatment can begin two weeks after the procedure. Weight lifting, cycling, running, etc., is still restricted until roughly a month or two after surgery, but depends on any existing discomfort or swelling. Patients are typically able to return to previous lifestyle with unrestricted activities a maximum of two months after surgery.
For a detailed review of your options when it comes to body enhancements including the tummy tuck and calf implants, contact Dr. Ali Adibfar, one of the best plastic surgeons in Toronto to book your consultation.