Well-contoured and defined legs add to an aesthetic of health and vitality. Men tend to value proportionate calves that complement athletic legs and a strong physique. Women tend to value the same alongside calves that highlight leg length, create flow, and accentuate aesthetic curves. Individuals of both sexes seek calves that display balanced proportions, symmetry and firmness.

Why is Calf Augmentation Surgery Performed?

Perceived leg aesthetics are heavily influenced by the curvature, shape, and roundness of the calf area. Calf muscle size, shape and symmetry is largely regulated by genetics. This area can be difficult to target successfully with exercise and fairly impossible to affect with diet. Individuals seeking a specific aesthetic often find that beyond firming and toning they are left powerless to change their calf area. For this reason, medical intervention is sought. Certain congenital conditions or past events can also change or affect the appearance of calves. In these instances, restorative surgery may be desired.

Calf Implants can address how legs look from the front (medial of the Gastrocnemius muscle), how they look from the side (Lateral Gastrocnemius muscle), or both.


Targeting Calves Without Surgery

Before an individual pursues surgery, they ought to explore non-surgical options. Simply put, exercise works to ‘grow’ muscle tissue by breaking it down in order to rebuild it. Specific exercises can assist in building strong, well-toned lower leg muscles. Despite one’s effort and the strengthening being achieved via exercise, the calf muscle area is notoriously challenging to effect change ‘shape-wise’.

Clothing and fashion choices are other side factors which may be able to shift perception or camouflage the lower legs area. Women in particular may benefit from well-chosen footwear able to position muscles in a way which creates a pleasing aesthetic illusion.

If you do decide to pursue surgery, achieving close to your desired body weight and engaging in targeted physical fitness is the number one place to start.


What will Calf Implant Surgery provide?

Calf Augmentation is a procedure that utilizes an implant to create a desired contour in the calf area. Calf Implants will address and correct symmetry, size, and appearance of one or both calves. The sculpted implants can successfully alter, enhance, and create an individual’s ideal leg aesthetic.


Process Overview: Moving Forward with Calf Implant Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

Begin with a personal consultation. Choosing an established reputable Cosmetic Surgeon who is experienced with the specific procedure that you are investigating – is vital to obtaining good results. A thorough conversation regarding aesthetic goals, health history, and expectations will allow the surgeon to advise whether or not surgery would be a route available for a specific individual.

Decision Time

Once Calf Implant Surgery is chosen as the way forward; precise measurements will be taken. These will guide implant selection. The chosen implant(s) can be further sculpted and refined to suit the individual. One or two implants may be used in one or both legs depending on desired outcomes and an individual’s physique.

Calf Implant Surgery Procedure

Surgical procedure is quite straightforward. First a small incision is made behind the knee, within its crease. The fascia, which is the sheath that covers the muscle, is precisely cut open. A pocket is then created into which the implants are carefully placed. Placement is checked and the incision is sutured.

Surgery generally takes under an hour and is commonly performed under general anaesthesia. Your surgeon may recommend you stay in-clinic overnight for observation.

Calf Implant Surgery Recovery

The first 24-48 hours following surgery are the most uncomfortable. The pain is likely to feel like a strong cramp. Bruising and swelling will be visible after surgery and diminish with each day. Your surgeon will guide and assist with appropriate pain management.

Calf Implant Surgery requires at least a week of scheduled downtime. You will certainly require aid from friends or family to get home and in the immediate days afterwards. Shoes with elevation or an assistive walking device may be recommended for the first week. These work to speed recovery by relieving calf muscles of any unnecessary pressure and stretching. Compression Garments and Compression Stockings may also be advised by your doctor.

Upper body work and normal walking may be resumed upon instruction from your Doctor. Lower body exercise such as jogging, squats, and bending need to be restricted for several weeks. Strenuous calf exercise should not be started until about six weeks or you receive doctor clearance. Sun exposure or tanning is to be avoided for the weeks following surgery as it can increase the risk of visible scars.


Calf Implant Surgery Results

The results are well-defined, refined, proportionate & pleasing sculpted lower legs. Results from Calf Implants are considered to be permanent as the implants do not readily degenerate and are considered able to age well. They are durable, sturdy, and are not liable to suffer damage from mishaps known as ‘blunt trauma’ such as a kick to the legs.

A note on Calf Implants & function.

Calf Implants do not assume or impact mechanical function; they are solely aesthetic. Receiving Calf Implants will not limit individuals’ ability to do any type of exercise, gym activities, etc.

There are some medical doctors who believe that calves may have an increased ability to build muscles and respond favourably to training due to the fascia sheath being looser as it is released during surgery. [ Source ]


Dr Anton Potgieter

Dr Potgieter is familiar with and performs Calf Implant Surgery regularly. To learn more about aesthetic options that exist for you:

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