Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
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.
Most would like to have a curvaceous, full, natural looking calves that look strong and at the same time, shapely. But despite a regular exercise and having a proper diet, it can be very difficult hard to achieve a well-toned leg. Even exercises that concentrate on developing the musculature of the lower legs do not assure you get the best looking calves. This is why a lot of people may request for calf augmentation using calf implants to either fill out those thin legs or to have their legs perfectly sculpted.
If you would like to improve your legs to achieve an aesthetically pleasing more balanced appearance of your calves then calf augmentation surgery is right for you. Calf augmentation surgery can correct deformities resulting from an injury or with which you were born or developed in adulthood. You should be realistic as to what can be achieved by calf augmentation surgery and understand the risks and side effects of this surgery.
Calf enhancement with fat transfer is performed under a general anaesthetic known as ClearSleep™. The procedure is performed as a day case and will take approximately two to three hours.
Fat first needs to be harvested from areas where you would like fat to be removed. The fat is then prepared prior to being injected into the calf to achieve the optimum size and shape.
After your procedure, you should expect to experience mild pain or discomfort, which will last for five to seven days. During this time it is normal to have some bruising and swelling.
You should be back to your normal day-to-day life after around two weeks. However, you will have to avoid strenuous exercise for at least six weeks.
Calf augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthetic as a day-case without the need for an overnight stay.
Calf augmentation surgery normally takes approximately one hour to perform depending on the complexity of the surgery.
The incisions are placed in the crease behind the knees and are therefore barely noticeable. These incisions heal well in 10 – 14 days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The results of calf augmentation surgery long-lasting, are but note that ageing changes will occur over the years.