Calf Reduction by Muscle Resection

Calf reduction by muscle resection is a cosmetic procedure to define, contour, and balance the calf muscles through removal of muscle tissue.

Calf Reduction by Muscle Resection

The Skinny


Average Recovery

7 weeks

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$1700 - $12000

The Specifics


What is a calf reduction by muscle resection?

Calf reduction by muscle resection is an invasive plastic surgery procedure to permanently reduce the size of the gastrocnemius muscle (calf muscle). The gastrocnemius muscle lies atop the soleus muscle in the lower legs and as it grows it expands laterally to give the calves their appearance.

A muscle resection is one of the more invasive of the calf reduction procedures, however, it provides significant and lasting results. Less invasive options include selective calf reduction by selective nerve blocking, calf reduction by radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation, calf liposuction for excess fat, and calf reduction by Botox® injections.

What cosmetic concerns does a calf reduction by muscle resection procedure treat?

  1. Leg Shape & Size: In a calf reduction by muscle resection plastic surgery, muscle tissue is removed from the calves to precisely and permanently reshape them.

Who is the ideal candidate for a calf reduction by muscle resection procedure?

The ideal candidate for a calf reduction by muscle resection is seeking to refine the contours of the lower leg due to severe calf hypertrophy, or congenitally bulky or tubular legs. A calf reduction by muscle resection is not recommended for those with a history of poor healing or impaired blood flow to the lower extremities.

What is the average recovery associated with a calf reduction by muscle resection procedure?

Most patients experience a few months of recovery following a calf reduction by muscle resection. Patients must take care to wear compressive garments daily and elevate legs whenever possible to minimize swelling. Walking and standing will be difficult for a few weeks, however, regular leg stretching is important to aid recovery. There will be significant restrictions on activity for at least one month.

What are the potential side effects of a calf reduction by muscle resection procedure?

Possible side effects following a calf reduction by muscle resection procedure include bruising, swelling, pain, scarring, infection hypertrophy, contour irregularities, asymmetry, prolonged recovery, and periods of difficulty walking.

What can someone expect from the results of a calf reduction by muscle resection procedure?

The results of a calf reduction by muscle resection procedure are permanent and immediately noticeable following the cosmetic surgery.

What is the average cost of a calf reduction by muscle resection procedure?

Calf reduction by muscle resection can cost anywhere from $1,700 to $12,000. The actual cost of calf reduction by muscle resection is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

immediate resultspermanent

Cons

hypertrophycontour irregularities

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 patients that desire a permanent solution to large calf muscles, muscle resection removes a portion of the lower leg muscle for dramatic results. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after calf reduction by muscle resection.

The Takeaway


A calf reduction by muscle resection is an invasive procedure to permanently reduce the size of the calves and the appearance of muscular calves, thick calves, and bulky calves for slim legs and improved body contours.

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