Calf implants are exactly what you think they are! Just like breast implants, calf implants are silicone-based products that are designed to enhance a patient’s calves.
Why would anyone want calf implants?
Some patients are concerned with the appearance of their lower legs. Bodybuilders may use implants to enhance their look for competitions. Patients who have naturally thin or underdeveloped calves despite exercise or diet. Patients with injuries or physical disabilities may want to correct asymmetry or atrophied muscles.
How is the calf augmentation performed?
A small incision is placed behind the knee, which is hidden in one of the patient’s popliteal creases. The calf implant is placed through the small incision, which is then closed with dissolvable sutures.
What is recovery like?
After the procedure, the patient’s legs may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or support garment. This helps minimize swelling and support the calves as they heal. Keeping the legs elevated will also help alleviate swelling.
The patient may experience some bruising and may walk stiffly for the first week after surgery. During the second week, this typically returns to normal.
Contact the San Francisco practice of Dr. Jonathan Kaplan today at (415) 923-3005 for more information on calf augmentation