1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home the following day. You should be able to return to your normal activities after two to three weeks. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after two weeks. The final result will not be apparent for several weeks.
2. I’m worried about pain.
There is slight discomfort following calf implants, but this is only temporary. As the legs adjust to the implants, the discomfort will lessen.
3. Will I look natural?
Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result. The aim of this procedure is to create naturally larger calves that are in proportion to the rest of the lower limbs.
4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedure is performed under sedation or general anaesthesia.
5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive a tailored quote for your treatment. Please call us on 01709 464200 or email email@example.com you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.
Cosmetic enhancement of the calves may be necessary to address abnormally small, atrophied or malformed calves. Those who are self-conscious about their small calves, experience an increase in body confidence after implant surgery.
Calf implants come in various shapes and sizes and during your consultation, we will explain which one is the most appropriate for you.
The change to the shape and size of the calf following implant surgery can be quite dramatic, with the result being natural and long-lasting. As with any surgical procedure, risks should be considered and the decision to undergo calf implant surgery should not be made hastily.
Am I A Good Candidate For Calf Implant Surgery?
The best candidates for calf implant surgery are those;
- Who have abnormally small or irregular calves,
- Who are generally healthy and do not have a medical condition that could impede healing,
- Who do not smoke,
- Who have realistic expectations of the results and willing to follow all pre-op and post-op instructions.
Calf implant surgery is performed under sedation or general anaesthesia and takes approximately 1 hour to complete. A small incision is made in the crease at the back of the knee and a soft, solid silicone implant is inserted. The implant is positioned on top of the calf (gastrocnemius) muscle and the incision is closed with dissolving sutures.
For patients with abnormally tight calf skin, we may suggest the skin is first stretched out using a temporary tissue expander. After the skin has stretched, usually after several weeks, the expander is replaced with an implant.
Recovery From Calf Implant Surgery
All patients should expect at least two weeks off work and for those with a more strenuous job, more recovery time may be necessary. Strenuous use of the legs should be avoided for at least six weeks to allow healing and to ensure the implant is securely positioned.
Most patients spend the first week resting with their legs elevated. During this time you may find it more comfortable to walk on your toes or in shoes with a small heel. Walking upstairs should be avoided. In the second week, you may resume light activities and during the third week you may resume work and begin to go out socially. Exercise can be resumed four to six weeks post surgery. As your legs adjust to the implants, the discomfort will lessen. The final result will not be apparent for several weeks.
What Does Calf Implant Surgery Not Do?
It is important to understand calf implant surgery will not create bodybuilder calves. The aim of this procedure is to create naturally larger calves that are in proportion to the rest of the lower limbs.
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As with any surgical procedure, risks should be considered, and the decision to undergo calf implant surgery should not be made hastily. Risks include;
Scars / poor scarring – in the vast majority of patients, the incision behind the knee heals very well. In some patients however, the scar may become red, raised or asymmetric,
Bruising and swelling – bruising and swelling is expected but rarely, can persist for several weeks,
Bleeding and haematoma formation – it is possible, though unusual, to experience a bleeding episode during or after surgery. Should post-operative bleeding occur, emergency treatment may be necessary to drain the accumulated blood.
Infection – should an infection arise then treatment with antibiotics or further surgery may be necessary. The risk of infection is rare.
Delayed wound healing – the incision made in the crease at the back of the knee may take longer than expected to completely heal.
Asymmetry – there is always a risk of asymmetry whenever surgery is performed on both sides of the body. It is important to understand that nearly everyone has some pre-existing asymmetry e.g. the right calf muscle (gastrocnemius) may be naturally larger than the left.
Altered sensation– one should expect some altered sensation around the legs, this will usually resolve by 6-12 weeks after surgery.
Implant displacement – displacement of the implants can occur in the early post-operative phase. This is prevented by avoiding pressure on the legs or excessive movement.
Capsular contracture – a thick scar may form around the implant, distorting the shape and causing pain.
Pricing & Finance
When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.