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As Americans are becoming more figure-conscious, they’re
seeking ways to develop a muscular physique. One of these
ways is to strengthen the calf muscles. For people who haven’t
had success with workout routines targeting calf muscles, there
is a solution: calf augmentation. In this procedure, artificial
implants are inserted into the calf to enhance its shape and size.

Implants used in the calf augmentation procedure are made
of solid, yet soft silicone, and come in a variety of sizes.


What Surgery Is Right for Your Body Type?


Why Calf Augmentation May Be Right For You

Calf implants will give your legs that frequent-workout look. The calves will have noticeable definition and mass. Women typically have this surgery to help re-proportion their shape, so that their legs are balanced wth their thighs. Men commonly choose calf augmentation to get bulkier calf muscles. 

One of the primary reasons for calf augmentation is the cosmetic aspect. But this surgery is also done to correct certain physical and congenital defects. The following is a list of the most common conditions Some of the conditions that calf augmentation can correct are polio, spina bifida, and clubfoot.

Is Calf Augmentation Right For You?

If you have exercised strenuously and diligently and to still can’t get the calf muscles you desire, you may be very well-suited for the calf augmentation surgery. Calf augmentation surgery is commonly done to: 

  • Enhance your appearance
  • Boost self-confidence.
  • Develop greater satisfaction with the look of the lower legs
  • Achieve a more symmetrical look
  • Correct physical and congenital defects

As with any form of plastic surgery, patients must have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. It’s important for you to discuss all of these issues with your surgeon prior to scheduling a procedure.

The First Step for Calf Augmentation Surgery

First, you need to find a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience doing this type of procedure. These visits also give the doctor the opportunity to talk to you about all of the various benefits, precautions, the response to treatment, adverse reactions, surgical methods, and other essential information you need to know.

The Procedure for Calf Augmenation Surgery

Most calf augmentation surgeries are done on an outpatient basis, and take about an hour to complete.
You will be given either a general anesthesia or a local anesthesia.

You will lie on your stomach for this procedure, and the surgeon will make incisions in the natural crease at the back of the knee. A pocket will be formed into which an implant can be inserted. Then the other leg is done.

Is Calf Augmentation Surgery Painful?

You can expect some discomfort and pain after the surgery is finished. If the pain is overwhelming, your surgeon will prescribe a prescription medication.

You can also expect some temporary swelling and bruising following the procedure.

The Recovery Process for Calf Augmentation Surgery

You will feel discomfort for about two weeks after the surgery.
The majority of patients are able to go back to work within 7-10 days following their surgery. You will receive post-operative instructions from your surgeon to help you heal more quickly and get the results you desired. One of the first instructions is to limit walking for the first few days.

Within a month, you will be gradually able to walk normally. In 4-6 weeks, most patients are ready to return to their normal physical activities.

Risks of Calf Augmentation Surgery

As with all types of surgery, calf augmentation carries dome degree of risks and complications. Risks for calf implants include infection and bleeding. Commonly seen complications are the shifting of implants, which can make the calves look asymmetrical.

The Cost of Calf Augmentation

Fees will vary, depending on where you live – in an urban, suburban or rural area. The surgeon will charge you for his work exclusively, and you will also be billed for using the hospital or surgery center, and also for the anesthesia.

Unfortunately, most medical insurance will not cover calf augmentation, deeming it a purely cosmetic procedure. But most surgeons will be willing to accept any of several financing options.

Questions Patients Undergoing Calf Augmentation Should Ask Their Surgeon

These questions can help you clarify any questions you have about calf augmentation surgery.

  1. Are my desired goals realistic?
  2. Where will the calf augmentation procedure be performed and how long will it take?
  3. Are implants the right choice for me? 
  4. What type of anesthesia will be used during the surgery?
  5. How much does the calf augmentation cost, and what associated costs will I need to pay for? 
  6. Does my surgeon have experience with calf augmentation surgery? 
  7. What percentage of patients have some form of complication following calf augmentation?
  8. What is the surgeon’s policy on correcting or repeating the procedure if the calf augmentation procedure is unsatisfactory?
  9. What level of soreness, scarring, and limited activity should I expect following the surgery? 
  10. Has my surgeon ever been sued for malpractice or had malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked or suspended?



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