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Purpose: To change the shape of calves or make them look bigger. Both men and women can benefit from this procedure. Men usually want to increase the muscle bulk, giving them a more masculine look, where women wish to get a more symmetrical appearance of their legs.


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Anesthetic: General
Duration of the procedure: Up to 2 hours per implant
Hospital stay 1-2 days

The surgeon makes a small cut behind the knee before inserting the implant, which is then held in place by the calf muscles or stitches. The implant is inserted above the muscles. After a procedure in one leg has finished the surgeon performs the same on the other leg. After symmetry is confirmed, the surgeon closes the cuts with stitches. The vast majority of calf implants are made of silicone. After surgery you may feel some degree of pain. Your surgeon will prescribe painkillers for you.


During the first two days you will be asked to raise your legs whenever you are sitting, in order to reduce swelling. Afterwards, the bandages are removed and you are encouraged to walk more intensively to train your calf muscles. For about two weeks you will feel like your calves have been through an excessive workout. Swelling and bruising may also appear. It is only temporary and will improve over time. You'll be able to return to your normal routine after 7-10 days. You will get detailed instructions from your surgeon, regarding activities you should avoid. Usually, most patients are able to return to their daily activities after 4-6 weeks.


Results: Most people find that the shape or texture of their calves has changed as required. The results will be permanent.

The Risks of Calf Augmentation Surgery: As with any surgery, there are risks to consider. Although the majority of patients do not experience the following complications, you should understand all possible consequences of Calf Augmentation Surgery.


* Infection

* Blood loss

* Fluid collection

* Movement of the implant or scarring.

* If the implant is infected, ruptures or moves, the implant may have to be removed, which is not always a straightforward procedure.

You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2009 )