Calf Implant

Calf implants are a calf augmentation cosmetic procedure to define, contour, and balance the calf muscles and lower body aesthetic.

Calf Implant

The Skinny


Average Recovery

4 weeks

Permanence

Permanent

Application

Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$3600 - $8000

Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics


What is a calf implant?

Calf implants are a plastic surgery procedure to alter the appearance of the lower legs thereby improving body contouring and symmetry. Typically, two separate implants will be placed in the inner calf and outer calf to create the most natural appearance mimicking the gastrocnemius muscle (calf muscle).

Implants can be made of gel or solid silicone. Silicone gel implants have higher risk of capsular contracture, however, solid silicone implants may be palpable below the skin surface.

Placement of the calf implants can be submuscular or subfascial. Subfascial implants are less invasive with a faster recovery, but carry a greater risk of becoming palpable over time. Submuscular implants are more involved and require a longer procedure, however, they are more likely to stay properly positioned.

Some bodybuilders may pursue calf augmentation surgery with asymmetric implants for a more dramatic appearance. A consultation with a plastic surgeon can determine which implant type and calf implant procedure placement technique is most appropriate for a given candidate.

What cosmetic concerns does a calf implants procedure treat?

  1. Leg Shape & Size: Placement of solid silicone or gel implants within the calf area during a calf implants procedure allows for customized alterations to lower leg shape and size.

Who is the ideal candidate for a calf implants procedure?

The ideal candidate for a calf implant is in generally good health, is regularly exercising, is seeking to tone and define the lower leg, or would like to correct muscular imbalances from physical or birth defects. Calf implants are not recommended for those with significant scar tissue, poor blood flow to the lower extremities, or certain chronic medical conditions.

What is the average recovery associated with a calf implants procedure?

The recovery period following a calf implants procedure will be a few weeks, but is dependent on the implant placement. Those with a submuscular placement can expect a more involved recovery than those who opted for a subfascial implant. Generally, walking will be difficult for the first few weeks. Legs will need to be elevated whenever possible. Most candidates return to work and light activity within two to four weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a calf implants procedure?

Possible side effects from a calf implants procedure include bleeding, bruising, swelling, infection, scarring, implant shifting, and muscle weakening.

What can someone expect from the results of a calf implants procedure?

The results of a calf implants procedure are immediate and permanent enhancements to the appearance of the calves and lower legs. Liposuction of the knees and ankles may be needed to further refine and define the results.

What is the average cost of a calf implants procedure?

calf implant can cost anywhere from $3,600 to $8,000. The actual cost of calf implants is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

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Cons

discomfortlong recovery

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

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.

The Takeaway


A calf implant surgery is a cosmetic surgery to augment the appearance of the calf muscles and improve the overall aesthetic and balance of the lower body.

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