For those who desire more defined calf muscles, custom silicone implants can be inserted into the legs to create contoured and chiseled calves. Implants are discreet and made to look as natural as possible, blending in with the patient's musculature for a more balanced body shape.
The SkinnyCalf Implant
- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
While it is common for women to feel self conscious about overly large calf muscles, men are more likely to be embarrassed about small calf muscles. Calf implants can be inserted to make the lower legs appear more muscular and defined. Calf implants certainly are not exclusive to men, and can help both men and women achieve a more balanced figure. Custom silicone implants, much like those used during pectoral augmentation, are made of a hard yet flexible material that mimics the size and shape of the calf muscle. Implants for the calves can either augment the inner or outer calf, although two separate implants are usually placed for the most natural appearance. During the consultation process, implant material and placement will be chosen based on the patient’s goals. Calf implants are generally made of either gel or solid silicone. While silicone gel implants can cause capsular contracture (although rare), solid silicon implants can be more palpable postoperatively when placed too close to the surface of the skin. Implants are available as single and symmetrical or asymmetrical pairs. Symmetrical pair implants are generally suitable for the average patient whereas asymmetrical pairs are typically reserved for bodybuilders who desire a more dramatic transformation. Implant placement will either be made just beneath the fascia or deeper within the calf muscle. While a subfascial placement allows for a speedier recovery, there is a greater likelihood the implant will shift and become palpable overtime. Submuscular placement helps to ensure the implant remains in its intended place and will be less visible, however the surgery is more involved and will result in a lengthier and more difficult recovery period. To begin the procedure, a discreet incision will be made in the crease behind the back of the knee. The chosen implant or implants will be inserted either under the fascia or under the muscle. Incisions will be closed with sutures and a postoperative compression garment will be applied.
The goal of a calf implant is to increase the size of the calf muscle to be more proportionate with the rest of the body.
What to Expect
For those who desire more defined calf muscles, custom silicone implants can be inserted into the legs to create contoured and chiseled calves. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a calf implant procedure.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol for 1 week
During Treatment: Implant & Location
Implant material and placement will be chosen during the consultation process:
- Implants are made of either gel or solid silicone
- Implants are available as single and symmetrical or asymmetrical pairs
- Subfascial placement allows for a speedier recovery but implant can shift and become palpable overtime
- Submuscular placement is more secure and less visible, but with longer recovery
Recovery following a calf implant surgery can be difficult depending on where the implant was placed. Patients who opted for a submuscular placement should expect to have a more involved recovery than those with a subfascial implant. Incision sites will be bruised and the lower legs will be swollen. Most patients will be stiff and require assistance when walking for the first few days. Keep the legs elevated whenever possible.
The ideal candidates for calf implant are patients seeking to tone and define the lower leg if it cannot be achieved with exercise alone, or to correct a muscle imbalance resulting from physical or birth defects.
Not Recommended For
Patients with significant scar tissue or poor blood flow to the lower extremities may not be candidates for calf implants.
Side effects from calf implants may include bleeding, implant shifting, and rarely, muscle weakening.