Calf Reduction by Selective Nerve Blocking

Calf reduction by selective nerve blocking is a cosmetic procedure to define, contour, and balance the calf muscles by altering cell signaling to the muscle.

Calf Reduction by Selective Nerve Blocking

The Skinny


Average Recovery

6 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Injected

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$1900 - $2800

The Specifics


What is a calf reduction by selective nerve blocking?

Calf reduction by selective nerve blocking is a less invasive plastic surgery procedure to permanently decrease the size of the gastrocnemius muscle (calf muscle). The gastrocnemius muscle sits above the soleus muscle in the lower legs.

As it grows it expands side to side to give the calves their appearance. By blocking nerve signaling to the calf muscle, the muscle will naturally atrophy and decrease in size over time.

Other calf reduction procedures include calf reduction by muscle resection (which is very invasive with a long recovery period), radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation, calf liposuction for excess fat, and Botox® injections.

What cosmetic concerns does a calf reduction by selective nerve blocking procedure treat?

  1. Leg Shape & Size: In a calf reduction by selective nerve blocking cosmetic surgery, nerves to the gastrocnemius muscle are destroyed to prevent nerve impulses from reaching the calf muscle.

Who is the ideal candidate for a calf reduction by selective nerve blocking procedure?

The ideal candidate for calf reduction by selective nerve blocking is seeking to enhance the contours of the lower leg due to moderate calf hypertrophy. A calf reduction by selective nerve blocking procedure is not recommended for those with a history of impaired healing or poor blood flow to the lower extremities.

What is the average recovery associated with a calf reduction by selective nerve blocking procedure?

Most patients experience about a week of recovery following calf reduction by selective nerve blocking. Patients are advised to wear compression garments daily and elevate legs whenever possible to minimize swelling. Walking and standing may be difficult for a week or so. There will be restrictions on activity for at least a few weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a calf reduction by selective nerve blocking procedure?

Possible side effects following a calf reduction by selective nerve blocking procedure include bruising, swelling, scarring, infection, compensatory hypertrophy, contour irregularities, asymmetry, and poor endurance.

What can someone expect from the results of a calf reduction by selective nerve blocking procedure?

The results of calf reduction by selective nerve blocking are permanent and will finalize over three months. The amount of calf reduction is difficult to predict. Avoidance of strenuous calf activity will help to prevent compensatory hypertrophy.

What is the average cost of a calf reduction by selective nerve blocking procedure?

Calf reduction by selective nerve blocking can cost anywhere from $1,900 to $2,800. The actual cost of calf reduction by selective nerve blocking is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

permanentminimally invasive

Cons

compensatory hypertrophyunpredictable resultslimited resultsrecurrence

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 selective nerve blocking slims and contours the lower legs by blocking the nerves governing the calf muscle, causing the calf to waste away naturally and shrink. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after selective nerve blocking for calf reduction.

The Takeaway


Calf reduction by selective nerve blocking is a less invasive procedure to permanently reduce the size of the calves and the appearance of thick calves, muscular calves, and bulky calves for slim legs and improved body aesthetic.

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