For some people, no matter how much they exercise their calf muscles, they don’t develop much volume or shape. For others, the volume they can develop is still far smaller in proportion to their other muscle enhancements.
For both of these groups, calf implants are an excellent way to increase the fullness of your calves, bringing them into proportion with the rest of your leg. If regular exercise has been unable to create the calf definition you desire, implants can help sculpt the lower leg region to provide a more muscular appearance.
There is also a group of people who either had a defect that precluded normal development or an injury that stunted growth. For all of them, implants may be the solution. Call Grossman Plastic Surgery at (866) 221-9665 to arrange a consultation at our Denver facility.
Am I a Candidate for Calf Implants?
There are a variety of reasons your calf muscles may be underdeveloped:
- Calf muscle size or shape is inadequate
- Genetic predisposition that makes it difficult to achieve your desired calf muscle volume
- Birth defects, such as a “club foot”
- Traumatic injury that stunts calf muscle development
If your calf muscles lack definition due to any of these reasons, you may be a candidate for calf implants. In order for the procedure to be effective, it is important that the back of our lower leg has sufficient soft tissue with the ability to stretch and relax. There is always a limit to the degree of enhancement possible. This is particularly true in the calf region where the space for an implant may be tight and limited.
The Calf Implant Procedure
Your procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. At Grossman Plastic Surgery, we prefer to use two fusiform-shaped implants rather than a single, broader implant. There are several implant shapes available, and all of them are made of super-soft, solid silicone.
Our Denver plastic surgeons will place a 1 ½ -2 inch incision in the natural crease behind the knee. The calf muscles will then be isolated and an opening will be made through the covering over the muscle. We will create a space on top of the muscle and place the implants in this space. The pocket is then closed and a waterproof dressing is used to cover the incision.
Recovery and Follow-Up Care
Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, and Dr. Baker will provide you with a compression support stocking to wear over your calf. It is important to keep your legs elevated at all times for the first week following surgery. This will help prevent a rare complication called “compartment syndrome,” which occurs due to severe swelling or bleeding in the muscle space that creates enough pressure to limit the blood supply to your calf muscles. This situation is an emergency and would require immediate removal of the implant. However, it is highly unlikely that you will develop this condition if you diligently keep your legs elevated for the first week of recovery.
It is also important to gradually resume regular activity after plastic surgery. We recommend that after the first week of recovery, you continue to refrain from any activities more strenuous than walking. Running and lower leg weight training can be resumed after 4-6 weeks. The implants themselves do not deteriorate or disintegrate with time. They are effectively permanent.
The Grossman Plastic Surgery Difference
Our plastic surgeons have performed many calf implant procedures on men and women, helping them achieve greater muscle definition which had previously been elusive. They approach every procedure with a keen artistic eye in order to sculpt your calf in a way that creates balance and harmony with the rest of your leg.
With more than four decades of combined experience performing this body implant procedure, Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, and Dr. Baker possess the skills necessary to ensure exceptional results with the highest levels of safety.
Please contact Grossman Plastic Surgery online or by calling (866) 221-9665 to arrange your consultation at our Denver office. Our surgeons welcome patients from Littleton and throughout Colorado.