Calf Reduction by Radiofrequency Nerve and Muscle Ablation

Calf reduction by radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation slims and contours the lower legs by eliminating the nerves governing the calf muscle to make them waste away naturally and shrink.

at-a-glance

Calf Reduction by Radiofrequency Nerve and Muscle Ablation

avg. recovery
65 days
permanence
Temporary
application
Not Applicable
surgical
No
cost
$5000 - $10000

About the Procedure

Radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation involves burning part of the gastrocnemius muscle away to reduce its size. In this procedure, radiofrequency energy is used to inhibit part of the nerve that signals the calf muscle to grow. This method results in fewer and smaller scars than surgically removing the muscle, although it can also cause some swelling that can last for several weeks. It may also leave the muscle weaker temporarily. Unlike calf muscle resection which is invasive and accompanied by a significant recovery time, patients are typically able to resume most normal activity after 1 week (except for strenuous exercise). During treatment, the patient will be administered either general or local anesthesia with sedation. A discreet incision will be made at the back of knee in order to insert the probe which will deliver the RF energy. The surgeon will then strategically “burn” away nerves that cause the calf muscle to contract. By reducing the amount of nerves that respond to muscle contraction, the calf will eventually reduce in size since it won’t be utilized as much. Compression socks will be applied to help prevent swelling and fluid retention.

The goal of calf reduction by radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation is to slim and contour the calf.

Concerns

Calf Reduction by Radiofrequency Nerve and Muscle Ablation addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

Full recovery can take 2-3 weeks after the procedure, once the nerves have completely died. It is common to experience odd sensations or slight muscle weakness for several weeks postoperatively.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for calf reduction by radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation is unhappy with the contours of their lower legs.

Not Recommended For

Calf muscle reduction by radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation is not recommended for patients who have a history of prolonged healing or has poor blood circulation to their extremities.

Side Effects

Possible side effects from calf reduction by radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation include hematoma, irregularity and asymmetry, unsatisfacotry result, and/or muscle fibrosis & scarring.

Pros
  • long lasting results
Cons
  • unpredictable results
  • unsatisfactory decrease
  • long recovery period
  • possible nerve or vessel injury
  • recurrence

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