Calf Augmentation

Calf augmentation, via implants, adds definition and bulk to the calf muscles while improving the look of the lower legs and correcting muscle imbalance from physical defects. An incision in the natural crease behind the knee creates a pocket large enough to place the calf implant on either the outside of the leg or the upper inside of the leg. Calf implants, available in silicone gel and solid silicone, can be placed subfascially (beneath the fascia) or submuscularly (within the muscle). Subfascial placement is less invasive and has a faster and less painful recovery time. Submuscular placement is more difficult because the surgeon must dissect deeper into the muscle tissue.

Ideal candidates for calf augmentation include those who want to emphasize the bulk of the calf muscle or want better definition of the area. Calf augmentation is ideal for patients who desire a lower leg that is more anatomically proportionate to the thigh. People who have lower leg defects that are the result of a birth defect, disease or injury can also benefit from calf augmentation.

The cost of calf implants varies due to the individual fees charged by doctors and the facility where the procedure is performed. There will also be a fee for the anesthesia used during the procedure and the type of implant used by the surgeon. In general, the cost is anywhere from $4500-8000.

Patients can expect their lower legs to be swollen and the incision sites to be bruised after the surgery. There will also be some pain and redness that will resolve by itself over time. Patients need help getting around for the first few days. They are encouraged to walk around the house to help with the flow of blood to the treated area. It takes about 4-6 weeks for normal activities to resume. Patients who follow the post-op instructions of their doctor can expect to enjoy permanent results.

Calf Implants

Calf Implants

submitted on   Fri Sep, 04, 2015 by Sam Gershenbaum, MD     
Calf implants are used to improve the look of the legs, as well as the entire body, by adding proportion and definition to the lower legs. Also known as calf augmentation, calf implants can be considered a cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Implants can add fullness and definition to enhance...