Reasons for Getting Calf Implants


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Calf augmentation is, on the whole, a cosmetic procedure, and there are many reasons why people choose to get calf implants. The the gastrocnemius muscles in the calves are a very difficult set of muscles to tone, and often even target exercise can fail to create the full look you want. Sometimes implants may be the only solution to getting the calf in proportion with your thighs and the rest of your body. In bodybuilders this is usually to create a more defined look but implants can also be softer to create more natural-looking curves that give a more balanced look with the rest of the leg. A very common reason for getting calf implants is to correct deformities and bulk out calves which have lost muscle mass due to injuries, or diseases which cause muscle deterioration.

Differences in Men and Women Getting Calf Implants

Men and women tend to get calf implants for different reasons. Men, and female bodybuilders, are more likely to want implants of a stiffer silicone, to emphasise the muscle and make them look more defined. In many people the ‘belly’ of the calf muscle is a little too high in the leg to look properly developed, and the only way of really bulking it out would be to get implants. Women, on the other hand, tend to seek implants to create a curvier, more balanced shape which is more proportionate to the rest of the body. A slimmer, softer implant would probably be used for this.

Calf Implants to Correct Muscle Deterioration

A number of diseases and injuries can cause a loss of muscle mass, muscle deterioration, or deformity, which implants can help to correct. These include polio, cerebral palsy, clubfoot, bowed legs, spina bifida, and so on. Although implants don’t make the leg function any differently, they can be great for adding more mass to the calf, and can help give a sense of victory over the disease and increase confidence. These kinds of implants are a little different. Every leg will be very individual, and therefore a different shape of implant may be necessary. If your legs are asymmetric, different shape implants will be needed in each leg – or if you’re only getting implants in one leg, extra care will have to be taken to try and make it match your other leg. Sometimes a mould may be taken in order to sculpt the right shape of implant. Unfortunately calf implants can’t always make legs look completely ‘normal’, but it’s definitely possible that they will be able to increase the size and shape of the calf and hopefully increase your confidence as well.

Good Candidates for Calf Implants

At your initial consult with a surgeon, he or she will check that you are an appropriate candidate for the surgery. If you are in good physical and mental health this shouldn’t be a problem. The ideal candidate for calf implants will be in good general health, be psychologically stable, and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure.

Who should Avoid Calf Implant Surgery?

As with most cosmetic surgeries, surgeons may not recommend calf augmentation if you are prone to keloid scars, if you have had problems with wound healing before, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or diseases that can affect surgery, or if you have unrealistic expectations for the results.


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