Calf Implants London & UK (Calf Augmentation Surgery)

The calves are a notoriously difficult set of muscles to define and tone, and these days more and more people are turning to surgery to get the look they want. Calf implants, or calf augmentation surgery, can make calves look more defined and in better proportion to the rest of the body, or to smooth out any disproportions or asymmetry in the legs. On the whole, men undergo calf implant surgery to make the legs look more defined, as it is a difficult muscle set to develop, and women tend to get implants to accentuate curves and make the lower leg more proportionate to the thighs. It can help anyone who has lost musculature in their legs as a result of disease to gain confidence. Calf augmentation is a surgical procedure in which two silicone implants are inserted into each calf, on top of the muscle. Usually it is only performed by very experienced cosmetic surgeons, as there is a risk of implant shifting and infection. Preparation for calf implants should be treated the same as preparation for any surgical procedure: first, consultations with your doctor and surgeon will determine how suitable you are for the procedure, and will go over exactly what you want from the surgery. Before surgery itself, the appropriate medications will be prescribed, and you will be put under anaesthesia, most likely general anaesthesia. The procedure takes around two hours, and can be done in conjunction with other cosmetic surgeries at the same time. After the surgery you should be able to walk short distances within a week, begin proper exercise within about six weeks, and hopefully be back to normal in around two months. As with all surgeries there is a risk of complications such as implant shifting or displacement, haematoma, and infection – however, if the procedure goes well, the only side effects should be a small scar, some possible bruising, and pain or discomfort shortly afterwards, most of which can be controlled with medication. More often than not, people who undergo calf implant surgery come out with the results they want, with a barely visible scar on the back of the knee.

What are Calf Implants?

Calf implants are made of solid silicone rubber and inserted into the tops of the calves to increase the size and shape of the lower leg. They are useful for giving the calf a larger, more defined look as well as correcting asymmetrical legs. It is also known as calf augmentation surgery. Two implants are inserted into each leg to match the natural shape of the calf. The exact size, shape, and thickness of the implants varies from person to person, depending on the reasons behind getting the surgery and the desired look at the end of the procedure. For example, bodybuilders would require a different shape implant than a woman hoping to accentuate her curves, and both would most likely be a very different shape from that of someone with clubfoot or polio hoping to rebuild their leg shape. Your surgeon should be able to order the correct size and shape of implants, but in some cases, especially if the implant is to correct asymmetric legs, a mould can be taken of your leg, and the best possible implant created accordingly. The implant itself is usually either clear, or opaque white, and are solid rather than filled with silicone gel such as those used in breast implants. The volume of calf implants can range from 50-220cc. It is an increasingly popular surgery, with the number of people seeking calf implants on the rise. At present the number of men and women seeking calf augmentation is roughly equal.

Body Fat Grafting in Calf Implants

Some cosmetic procedures use a method of ‘free fat transfer’ (FFT), in which fat is removed from one area of the body and inserted in another area. However, this is not usually used in calf augmentation. Free fat transfer is useful for small areas, such as the face, lips, or in depressing cellulite and smoothing wrinkles, but isn’t suitable in calf implants as it is too large an area. Body fat tends to be softer and is known to be absorbed, whereas calf implants need a stiffer silicone which will stay.  

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