Calf Enlargment With Implants
Calf implants are placed in order to increase the size of the calves, to make them fuller and more muscular. It involves making a small incision behind the knee and placing a pliable rubber implant next to the calf muscle, making the calf muscle bulge out more. The resulting appearance is often quite natural-looking, even during exercise, and it is often possible to return to all normal activities. There are risks with any surgery, however, which are best discussed with your doctor.
Does it hurt?
Fortunately, the surgical incision for placing the implants is quite small, and is made in the thin skin behind the knee; pain after the surgery is therefore quite tolerable. There is discomfort in walking for a few days, similar to the muscle ache felt after a vigorous workout (like a marathon). During the procedure, of course, the area would be numb, and it would not hurt at all.
How long does surgery take?
Surgery generally requires approximately one hour per calf.
Do I have to stay in the hospital?
This surgery can usually be performed as an outpatient, and you can go home immediately after the operation.
Do I need to be put to sleep for the surgery?
The surgery can be done under local anesthesia, but most people choose to have sedation, to make them drowsy and more comfortable during the surgery. Discuss your preferences with your surgeon.
Is it safe?
All surgery has some potential risks, including the risks of bleeding, allergic reaction to the anesthetic, and infection. In this surgery, serious complications are quite rare.
All surgery has the risks of scarring, bleeding, and infection. The health risks from these are relatively minor in this surgery, although any of these problems could necessitate removal of the implants. In addition, the implants are made up of synthetic materials, and you will need to discuss with your doctor any health risks associated with that material.
How long do the results last?
The results are often quite long-lasting, but you should view this as a temporary augmentation. You may have some problems with the implants or with your legs in the future, which would necessitate removal of the implants. (With age, the circulation in the legs lessens, and you will probably want to remove the implants if you start to have problems with your circulation.)
Is there much scarring?
The scarring from this operation is usually quite minor and well hidden. If you are prone to bad scarring, however, such as keloids, then you should discuss this with your doctor.
How long until I can go back to work?
Your calves will be pretty sore for the first few days after surgery, and you may want to stay home from work. You will need to discuss this further with your doctor.
How long before I can resume normal activities?
Most normal activities can be resumed within a few days, although your legs will be stiff and sore. You should avoid strenuous use of the legs for at least six weeks in order to heal properly.
What benefits can I expect from calf implant surgery?
If you are self-conscious about your calves, then this surgery can open up many new possibilities for changing your image, and can allow you to show off your legs in shorts, bathing suits, etc. As with most cosmetic surgery, the benefit you derive will depend upon the change in attitude that you will have about yourself as a result of the surgery.
What are the alternatives?
Most people considering calf augmentation have already tried the various exercises available to try to build up the calves, but if you have not, then you should try this first. Steroids have been used by some, but are not recommended by most health authorities, due to the side effects.
As mentioned above, it is very important to make sure that there is no infection or bleeding in the leg after surgery. You must therefore be very careful to protect the calves and keep them clean, and follow your doctor’s instructions very carefully.
There are two popular procedures available today for the calves. Liposculpture to reshape and remove excess fat and enhancement through the use of implants.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right surgeon for your procedure. Dr. Cheski has the experience and knowledge to perform the procedure you desire, improve your self-esteem, and help you look and feel better than you ever have before.
Enhancement: Use of implants to fill out thin calves
Liposculpture: Reshaping the calves by removing excess fat
Costs for this procedure vary, depending on the doctor, the location, and the difficulty of the specific case. Please call our offices at (310) 575-1500 or (661) 575-0800 for an exact quote. Our prices are very competitive and you can be sure that you're getting the very best surgeon with Dr. Cheski. Our on-staff surgical consultants can best help you to determine the cost for this procedure.
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