Calf Implants

Individuals who want to add more definition to their calf muscle or enlarge their calf for a more balanced leg may be interested in calf implants.

Procedure Information

What are calf implants?

Calf implant surgery is designed to enhance the size and shape of the calves. The implants are made of soft, solid silicone and available in a range of sizes that are suitable for both men and women.

Who does this procedure suit?

Individuals who want to add more definition to their calf muscle or enlarge their calf for a more balanced leg may be interested in calf implants. Candidates considering this procedure should be in good health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations regarding the aesthetic results of the surgery.

What results can I expect?

The surgery aims to provide a more muscular and toned look to the calves, enhancing the overall balance and proportion of the lower legs. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations and understand that while the results are typically long-lasting, the aging process and lifestyle factors can affect the longevity of the implants.

What’s the first step to take?

Your journey begins with an initial consultation where your surgeon will evaluate your lower legs, discuss your aesthetic goals, and determine your suitability for the procedure. This consultation also includes a discussion about your medical history, any medications you are taking, and any questions or concerns you may have about the surgery. The aim is to provide you with all the necessary information to make an informed decision.

How do I prepare for surgery?

Preparing for calf implant surgery involves several steps to ensure a safe procedure and recovery. Patients are advised to:

  • Arrange for someone to drive them home post-surgery and assist with daily activities for a few days.
  • Avoid certain medications and supplements that can increase bleeding risk, as advised by the surgeon.
  • Cease smoking well in advance of the surgery to promote better healing.
  • Report any signs of infection or illness in the days leading up to the surgery.

What happens on the day of my surgery?

On the day of your surgery, specific instructions will be given based on the time of your procedure. These may include fasting rules such as not eating or drinking after midnight for a morning surgery or not eating or drinking after a specific morning time for an afternoon procedure.

What should I expect during surgery?

Calf implant surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure involves making an incision in the natural crease behind the knee, followed by the creation of a pocket for each implant. The implants are then carefully placed and positioned for optimal aesthetic results. The incisions are closed with sutures, and the legs are wrapped in bandages. The surgery typically takes about one to two hours.

What should I expect after surgery?

After surgery, patients will experience some swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. It’s important to follow post-operative instructions, which include:

  • Keeping the legs elevated to reduce swelling.
  • Avoiding strenuous activities and following a gradual return to regular activities as advised by the surgeon.
  • Attending follow-up appointments for monitoring recovery and the healing of incisions.
  • Noticing immediate changes in the shape of your calves, with final results becoming more apparent as swelling subsides over several weeks.

What are the risks and complications with this procedure?

As with any surgical procedure, calf implants have associated risks, which include:

  • Infection: While rare, antibiotics are prescribed to minimise this risk.
  • Implant displacement: Occasionally, implants may shift from their original position.
  • Asymmetry: There’s a possibility of uneven appearance between the two calves.
  • Scarring: Incisions may result in scars, although they are typically placed to minimise visibility.
  • Reaction to anaesthesia: As with any surgery, there’s a risk of adverse reaction to anaesthesia.
  • Deep vein thrombosis: A rare but serious complication involving blood clots in the legs.
  • Nerve damage: There’s a small risk of nerve damage leading to numbness or changes in sensation.
  • Bleeding and bruising: Some bleeding and bruising are expected, but excessive bleeding may occur.
  • Implant rejection: Very rare, but the body might react adversely to the implant.

For more information about calf implants, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Australia today.

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