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Calf Implants (Calf Prostheses)
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Description

The insertion of artificial implants to create cosmetic fullness in the lower leg and redress the balance of disproportion or deformity


Length of surgery

Around 1-2 hours


In/Outpatient

Outpatient


Anesthesia

General or local


Back to work in...

2 – 3 weeks


Back to the gym in...

4 – 6 weeks


Cost

$4,000 to $6,000


Treatment Frequency

Once, unless the implant slips


Risks

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

Permanent



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Calf implant Surgery Costs*

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

If you are considering having calf implant 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 implants surgery?

You may be a suitable candidate for calf implants 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. Your have disproportionate calf muscle
  5. You have realistic expectations for your calf implant surgery
Certain medical conditions and medications may affect whether you are a suitable candidate for calf implants surgery. Check with your calf implants doctor.

 

What is a calf implants Procedure?

Calf Implants can enhance the shape of your calf to improve the overall proportions and solidity which may not always be achieved purely through exercise. Calf Implants can rebalance any disproportion or deformity of the legs resulting either from an accident or injury or natural causes. It may also be required to rectify damage caused by muscle deterioration disease.

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 individual objectives. The appearance of the existing muscles in the calf area is made larger and more defined.

The calf implants operation is carried out as an outpatient procedure either under general or local anesthesia, and takes about an hour or two to perform.

Calf implants Surgery Procedure Steps

Step 1 - Anesthesia

  1. You will either be given a 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 implants can be seen.

 

Calf implant Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

When you come round after calf implant 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 implant 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 implant surgery. You may return to full physical activities in four to six weeks.

Calf Implant Side Effects and Surgery Risks

Calf implant side effects include:

  1. Swelling
  2. Bruising
  3. Numbness
  4. Muscle cramp pain
Calf implant 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 implant procedure

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

  1. Am I a good candidate for calf implant surgery?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the calf implant surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing calf implant surgery?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any calf implant surgery before and after photographs of recent surgeries
  9. What percentages of your calf implant 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 implant 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 implant 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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