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Calves correction surgery

What is the Calves correction surgery?

Calf implants also known as calf augmentation, is a procedure to increase the size and shape of the calf.

Despite exercise, diet and training, sometimes it is difficult to achieve the calf muscle tone desired.

Calf implants are also suitable for lower leg sculpting and to correct any muscle imbalance, so you can enjoy shapely, firm calf muscles that add to the definition of your overall leg shape. Calf implants can also be used to correct deformities resulting from injury or nerve diseases that result in muscle deterioration.

Procedure of fat grafting to the calves is more natural method for calves’ augmentation, but in some cases the results are not long lasting as harvested fat can be completely or partially absorbed by the body. The modern technologies used by the surgeons minimize that risk, but it still might not be enough one surgery as the absorption of the fat depends on individual.

It is possible to have calf implants and fat injected over the implants during the same operation to give the leg a more natural feel and look, and to fix an asymmetry if any occurs.

What is the procedure?

During calves correction with fat, at first liposuction of different parts of the body (abdomen, buttock, thighs, etc.) is performed in order to obtain enough fat for the injections. After the fat is harvested it is purified and injected to the calves.

Calf implant surgery requires the surgeon to create a pocket on the inner side of the calf where the implant can be inserted. Usually, this will be inserted through the crease line at the back of the knee. This pocket is made just big enough for the implant to fit into securely. The silicone implants are selected by the surgeon to match the patient's desired size and shape. The implants are placed on top of the calf muscles and the incision is closed. The surgery generally takes 1-1/2 to 2 hours and can be conducted using local or general anesthesia.

What kind of result can you expect?

After calves augmentation the legs appear more shapely and defined. This can create a greater feeling of confidence, particularly in clothes, such as shorts and swimsuits.

Recovery period and recommendations

Compression stockings are applied at the end of the surgery and must be worn for 2 to 3 weeks to help with blood circulation and reduce swelling.

During recovery period the patient is instructed to walk around but when lying or sitting to have the legs elevated which reduces swelling and, therefore, reduces discomfort. The first day or two the patient stays in bed with legs elevated most of the time but may walk around short distances. After two days the dressings are removed and the person is encouraged to begin a more vigorous routine of walking around. This allows the muscles to start becoming accustomed to having the implants present and allows the skin of the legs to start stretching and feeling more comfortable. A person usually can walk more normally after a couple to three weeks after the surgery but is very variable.

There may be some slight bruising around the incisions, but it should begin to disappear after two or three weeks (special scar prevention/lessening medication might be used). No vigorous activities such as weight lifting, bicycling, running are allowed for a month or two. The patient is usually able to return to full physical activities within 4-6 weeks.

Possible side effects and complications

As with all surgical procedures, risks or complications of surgery exist. Side effects and complications after calves correction surgery may include infection, bleeding, nerve and/or muscle damage, slippage and asymmetry.

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