Some people have a naturally thin or underdeveloped calf, and despite exercise or diet, the legs remain small. These patients may request calf implants also known as calf augmentation. Women may desire only the medial or inner leg filled out. Body builders may want both the inner and outer lower leg filled out. The goal is to help restore a more enhanced appearance. Generally, anyone in average physical condition or good health can be a candidate for calf implant surgery.
Calf implants or calf augmentation usually is performed by either fat transfer using your own fat or by placing calf implants made out of silicone rubber over the muscles, on the inner aspect of the calf. Some people, such as body builders, may require larger augmentation, and in these individuals an implant may be placed on both the medial (inner) and lateral (outer) aspects of the calf.
The calf implants surgery is performed through making a fine incision at the back of the knee. The incision is usually nicely hidden in the crease at the back of the knee. The skin, fat and fascia are incised. The fascia (deep thick tissue layer) is lifted and a pocket is created to exactly fit the designed implant. The implants are inserted through a “no touch” sterile technique. The pocket is closed. The skin and subcutaneous tissue are repaired. You will be going home the same day of surgery.
The patient will be encouraged to walk immediately after surgery with stockings. The stockings will require to be worn for 2- 3 weeks after surgery. Walking will be slightly uncomfortable for few days. Wearing high heel often helps with pain. You will have some pain killers to go home with.
Getting you back to work and normal activities
You will be able to go back to work within 3-5 days as long as it does not require long distance walking, running, cyclising or heavy lifting.
Time to go back to full, unrestricted activities 4-6 weeks following surgery.