Calf Reduction by Botox Injections

Calf reduction by Botox injection uses controlled atrophy to temporarily create a smoother contour in the calves. Over time, Botox can help individuals with naturally large calves who desire a more defined curve to their lower legs without undergoing surgery.

Calf Reduction by Botox Injections

The Skinny


Average Recovery

0 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Injected

Surgical

No

Cost

$700 - $2100

The Specifics


What is calf reduction with Botox® injections?

Calf reduction with Botox® injections are used to gradually reduce the size of the gastrocnemius (a.k.a. calf muscle) over time by inhibiting communication between nerve cells and muscle cells. By reducing the prominence of the gastrocnemius muscle, the contour and definition of the lower leg is softened and smoothed. Botox® injections, while temporary, are far less invasive and do not cause the scarring seen in calf reduction surgery.

Botox® by Allergan is formulated from a unique amalgamation of protective proteins. Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) is found in multiple commercial neurotoxin formulations (such as Dysport®, Jeuveau®, and Xeomin®). (1,3, 4)

What cosmetic concerns do calf reduction with Botox® injections treat?

  1. Leg Shape & Size: Calf reduction with Botox® injections can reduce the appearance of bulky calves and muscular calves creating a slim leg profile. By directly inhibiting the contractions of the gastrocnemius muscle, the size of the calves and shape of the calves will naturally diminish over time.

Who is the ideal candidate for calf reduction with Botox® injections?

Calf reduction with Botox® injections is ideal for individuals dissatisfied with the appearance of their lower legs due to bulky calves or muscular calves who wish to reduce calf size through a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure. Calf reduction with Botox® injections is not recommended for individuals under the age of 18, those with active skin infections, and those with certain muscular or neurological conditions.(3)

What is the average recovery associated with calf reduction with Botox® injections?

Most patients who pursue calf reduction with Botox® injections experience little to no downtime. Mild bruising, redness, and tenderness typically resolves within twenty four hours. Many candidates return to work the same day. It is advised patients avoid strenuous physical activity for one to two days.

What are the potential side effects of calf reduction with Botox® injections?

Common and temporary side effects of calf reduction with Botox® injections include bruising, redness, and tenderness. Botox® injections carry an unlikely risk of allergic reaction, muscle weakness, muscle spasm, and other neurologic effects.

What can someone expect from the results of calf reduction with Botox® injections?

Calf reduction with Botox® injections produces gradual, temporary results over multiple treatments. In most cases, two treatments are needed for results to begin to become noticeable. Maintenance treatments are generally needed every four to six months. The longevity of results is highly affected by calf muscle use and lifestyle (think: highly active or lots of exercise). (3)

What is the average cost of calf reduction with Botox® injections?


The average cost of calf reduction with Botox® injections is $300 to $400. The actual cost of the procedure will vary by procedure, location, plastic surgeon, and candidate. Learn more in our complete guide to Botox® cost.

Pros

no scarno recovery timereduces prominence of the calf musclenoninvasive

Cons

temporaryminimal resultsmuscle atrophy

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


Calf reduction by Botox injection uses controlled atrophy to temporarily create a smoother contour in the calves. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after Botox injections for calf reduction.

The Takeaway


Calf reduction with Botox® injections is an alternative calf reduction procedure for those wishing to reduce the size of bulky calves and muscular calves without plastic surgery. The recovery period associated with Botox® injections is minimal and the size of the calves will gradually diminish over time to create a slim leg profile without disrupting calf function. (3,4)

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  1. Huang W, Rogachefsky AS, Foster JA Brow Lift with Botulinum Toxin PubMed; 2000-01-01
  2. Sarit Cohen Forehead Lift Using Botulinum Toxin PubMed.gov; 2018-02-15
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