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Calf Augmentation & Implants
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The insertion of artificial implants to create cosmetic fullness in the lower leg.

Length of Surgery

Around 1 hour




General or local

Back to work in...

2 – 3 weeks

Back to the gym in...

4 – 6 weeks

Treatment Frequency

Once, unless the implant slips


Infection; bleeding; blood clots; nerve and/or muscle damage; allergic reaction to the anesthetic; hematoma; seroma; unfavorable scarring; implant slippage; poor wound healing; asymmetry

Duration of Results


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Calf augmentation Surgery Costs*

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for Calf Augmentation as approximately $3,075. This is only the surgeon’s fee, and other fees such as facility, anesthesia, and medication fees must be taken into account.

If you are considering having calf augmentation surgery but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your surgeon, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans available to you.

Am I a candidate for calf augmentation surgery?

You may be a suitable candidate for calf augmentation if:

  1. You are of good physical and psychological health
  2. You are unhappy with the size and shape of your calf area
  3. Exercise does not build muscle in your calf area
  4. You have realistic expectations for your calf implant surgery
Certain medical conditions and medications may affect whether you are a suitable candidate for calf augmentation surgery. Check with your calf augmentation doctor.


What is a calf augmentation Procedure? 

Calf augmentation (calf implants) creates cosmetic fullness in the lower leg. It corrects muscle imbalance as a result of both physical and congenital defects such as "skinny/chicken" legs, bow-leggedness, clubfoot, or disproportionate calf development.

Calf implants, made of soft, solid silicone, are placed in "pockets" overlying the existing muscles. One or two calf implants may be inserted depending on the desired effect. The appearance of the existing muscles in the calf area is made larger and more defined. Men typically undergo calf augmentation to emphasize bulk. Women undergo it for a more proportionate appearance. The calf augmentation operation is carried out as an outpatient procedure either under general or local anesthesia, and takes about an hour to perform.

Calf augmentation Surgery Procedure Steps

Step 1 - Anesthesia

  1. You will either be given general, or local anesthesia.
Step 2 - The incisions
  1. An incision is made in the natural crease located at the back of the knee. A special instrument is used to create a pocket between the fascia (fibrous muscle covering) and the underlying muscle. This pocket is made just large enough for the implant to fit into securely, and the calf implant is placed just above the muscle. The procedure is performed on the other leg.
Step 3 - Closing Up
  1. The calf implant doctor carefully examines both sides to make sure the legs look symmetrical and natural. If so, stitches are used to close up the incision.
Step 4 - The results
  1. The altered appearance of your calves will be immediately apparent, though it will be some months before the final results of your calf augmentation can be seen.


Calf augmentation Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

When you come round after calf augmentation surgery, your legs will be elevated over a few pillows and you will be wearing a compression garment that covers your knees and calves. There will be some swelling, bruising and numbness which will subside. You will be advised to keep moving your toes and feet to ensure good circulation. You may feel muscle cramp pain, pressure and tightness in your calves. Antibiotics and pain medications may be prescribed by your calf implant doctor.

Calf augmentation recovery times vary from patient to patient. You should be able to walk normally after two to three weeks, and may return to work at this time. Avoid vigorous sporting activities up to two months after calf augmentation surgery. You may return to full physical activities in four to six weeks.

Calf augmentation Side Effects and Surgery Risks

Calf augmentation side effects include:

  1. Swelling
  2. Bruising
  3. Numbness
  4. Muscle cramp pain
Calf augmentation risks and complications may include:
  1. Infection
  2. Bleeding
  3. Blood clots
  4. Nerve and/or muscle damage
  5. Allergic reaction to the anesthetic
  6. Hematoma (collection of blood under the skin)
  7. Seroma (build-up of fluid)
  8. Unfavorable scarring
  9. Implant slippage
  10. Poor wound healing
  11. Asymmetry


Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a calf augmentation procedure 

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about calf augmentation surgery. Here is an essential checklist to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for calf augmentation surgery?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the calf augmentation surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing calf augmentation surgery?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any calf augmentation surgery before and after photographs of recent surgeries?
  9. What percentages of your calf augmentation surgery patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  11. How much will my calf augmentation surgery cost?
  12. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  13. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  14. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  15. What is the recovery and healing period for calf augmentation surgery? When can I resume full normal activity?
  16. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  17. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)



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Surgeon Checklist

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