A pair of shapely, well-proportioned legs have long been a highly desirable physical feature. In addition to purely cosmetic applications, calf implants can also help people who have underdeveloped calf muscles, or have suffered from conditions like polio or club feet. Calf implants are a straightforward way of correcting a variety of conditions and are a very popular procedure for both men and women.
Calf implants work by creating increased fullness in the lower leg, a lack of which can be caused by a variety of congenital or physical defects. Even with extensive exercise some people are unable to achieve the calf muscle tone and shape they want. Calf implants have also proved popular among the body building fraternity as leg muscles can sometimes fail to keep up with the development of the thigh and upper body muscles.
Calf implants are made from solid, but soft, silicone which simulates a larger, more defined calf muscle. Calf implants differ from breast implants and are sculpted and shaped to achieve the look that will work best with your form. The calf implants are inserted behind, above, or over top of the existing muscle through small incisions behind the knee. The result will be a more defined shape and added volume to the calf area.
You should discuss the effect you are trying to achieve with your plastic surgeon during the consultation in order to establish exactly where the implants should be positioned. Calf implant surgery is, like any surgery, subject to some conditions and risks. But if you are a healthy non-smoker there should be little cause for concern. The calf surgery itself will take about an hour a leg and will usually be performed on an outpatient basis, under either general or local anesthetic.
Following calf implant surgery, patients are usually placed on bed rest and told to keep their legs elevated for a couple of days. After the surgery dressings are removed, the calves may be sore but patients may will slowly return to normal activities. Most can return to work after a week, but full recovery may take three or more weeks.