Fat transfer to calves

Have you been working out, but haven’t quite been able to add that extra definition and weight to your calves? Fat transfer to calves can quickly and safely give you the results you have been working for, and make your calves appear more in proportion with the rest of your body.

This involves transferring fat from a donor area of the body – such as from the hips, abdomen or thighs – and inserting this into the calves. The fat is then shaped to give you larger, more toned calves.

As well as fat transfers to calves, Centre for Surgery also offers calf implants.


Anaesthesia type: ClearSleep

Procedure time: 3-4 hours

Recovery time: 1 week

Calf augmentation is a surgical procedure in which underdeveloped calves are enhanced to achieve a toned, well- proportioned leg. Calf augmentation can be performed using custom silicone calf implants or fat transfer.

For some people, it is impossible to achieve shapely, toned calves. Some people may congenital abnormalities which cause the calves to appear smaller. No matter how much exercise is undertaken at the gym and how much the diet is increased, the calves will simply never look more muscular. For this reason, people may wish to consider a fat transfer to the calves.

Those who are considered a good candidate for fat transfer to calves include those who:

  • Want to have more aesthetically pleasing and in-proportion calves
  • Have realistic expectations about what the surgery can achieve
  • Are physically and mentally healthy
  • Are over 18 years old
  • Are a non-smoker, or can stop smoking at least two weeks before the procedure and throughout the recovery period
  • Have a healthy BMI and are as close to possible to their ideal weight

Fat transfer to calves is performed under Centre for Surgery’s ClearSleep anaesthetic. You will be asleep for the entire procedure and be unable to feel or hear anything. The procedure will take around three to four hours to complete.

Fat transfer involves the use of liposuction to harvest fat from a donor area. This can be areas such as the abdomen, hips and thighs. The fat is then prepared and injected into the calf. The surgeon will then shape the calf to the optimal size so it appears natural.

The procedure will involve incisions where the liposuction is harvested from and injected into the calves. However, these incisions will be small. The incisions in the calves will be behind the knees at the crease line, to ensure they are minimally noticeable.

After the surgery, you will experience some pain and discomfort, as well as some swelling and bruising. This will mainly occur at the incision sites. You will be given pain medication to help manage any symptoms. This pain will ease after five to seven days.

You will have to avoid any strenuous physical activity for six weeks after surgery.

why choose centre for surgery?

Surgeon-led and managed care throughout for a truly personalised approach

Our innovative ClearSleep anaesthesia technique

Comprehensive aftercare programme

Financing options available

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Fat transfer to calves FAQS

Does calf augmentation require general anaesthetic or an overnight stay?

Calf augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthetic as a day-case without the need for an overnight stay.

How long is the procedure?

Calf augmentation surgery normally takes approximately one hour to perform depending on the complexity of the surgery.

Will I have scars?

The incisions are placed in the crease behind the knees and are therefore barely noticeable. These incisions heal well in 10 – 14 days.

Will I be required to wear a special garment?

Yes – post-surgery support stockings are fitted at the end of surgery to help control swelling and reduce movement post-operatively. This should be worn day and night for the first three weeks.

What reassurance do I have with calf augmentation surgery?

At Centre for Surgery, we understand that your decision to have Calf Augmentation surgery can be a daunting and anxious time for you. Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires and assess you accurately, before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. We will provide you with all the information you need and support before, during and after your surgery.

How long is recovery time?

Mild pain/discomfort is expected for 5 – 7 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after 1 week, but avoid strenuous exercise/activity for 6 weeks including any contact sports.

What results can I expect?

The results are first and foremost natural. The goals of calf augmentation surgery are to restore an aesthetically pleasing shape which is in balance with body shape – i.e. looks natural and does not appear abnormal. It can take six weeks or more for the final result to be achieved.

What are the risks of calf augmentation surgery?

Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, complications are uncommon. Bruising can occur and may take two weeks to resolve, while major bleeding is rare. Infection is infrequent (less than 0.5%) and will require a course of appropriate antibiotics. Displacement of the implants can occur in the early postoperative course. This is prevented by avoiding pressure on the legs or excessive movement. Some altered sensation around the legs is expected and will commonly return to normal between 6 to 12 weeks after surgery.

How long do the results last?

The results of calf augmentation surgery long-lasting, are but note that ageing changes will occur over the years.

When can I start exercising again?

You will have to avoid physical activity for six weeks.

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