Calf implants

Do you feel like you have underdeveloped, undertoned calves? Feel like they are out of proportion to the rest of your body? Do you find yourself trying to hide your calves beneath certain types of clothing? If this sounds like you, you may benefit from calf implants.

This procedure involves inserting implants behind the knee. They are then moved into position on the calf. The implants are then held in place with the muscle and stitches. This will help you to achieve larger, more in proportion calf muscles.

Don’t want an implant but still want larger calves? Centre for Surgery also offers fat transfer to calves.


Anaesthesia type: ClearSleep

Procedure time: 2-3 hours

Recovery time: 1-2 weeks

Calf implants allow you to have calf muscles that appear larger and more toned, without having to spend endless hours working out and increasing your diet. Calf muscles are one of the most difficult areas to tone and gain muscle mass, and sometimes exercise and diet will make no difference. Some people may even have underdeveloped calves due to a birth defect, injury or simply from ageing.

Calf implants use a silicone implant to increase the size and shape of your calves. Once inserted, the implant should feel the same as a natural calf muscle will. Calf implants can be custom made to ensure you have the muscle size you desire.

Candidates for calf implants are those who:

  • Want to boost their self-image and confidence
  • Feel they have underdeveloped and undertoned calves
  • Were born with deformities, or obtained deformities from an injury

To be an appropriate candidate, you will also need to be:

  • Physically and mentally healthy
  • Have a healthy BMI (between 18.5 and 24.9)
  • Be a non-smoker, or be able to stop smoking at least two weeks before the procedure and during the recovery period.

Calf augmentation using implants is performed using ClearSleep anaesthesia as a day case and takes approximately 2-3 hours. An incision is firstly made in the crease behind the knee. The surgeon will then create a suitably sized pocket for the implants, and the implants are then inserted above the muscle of the calf.

The surgeon may insert one or two implants per leg depending on your specific needs. There may be a need to insert drains during the procedure and these are usually removed 2-3 days later.

Mr Omar Tillo is also a specialist in 3D designed custom made implants for those with a degree of calf atrophy.

After surgery, you will experience some pain and discomfort, as well as bruising and swelling, particularly around the incision site. If necessary, you can take pain medication to help with any symptoms. You may experience this mild pain for up to seven days.

You will have to avoid all physical activity for two weeks. After this time, you can undertake light physical activities but should avoid any strenuous activities for a total of six weeks.

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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Calf implant FAQS

Will I need to stay overnight after the procedure?

Calf implants are a day-procedure and is performed under ClearSleep anaesthetic. You will not need to stay overnight.

How long does the procedure take?

Calf implants generally take around 2-3 hours.

Will I need 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.

How long is the recovery period?

You will feel pain and discomfort for five to seven days. Your surgeon will be able to recommend appropriate pain relief medication which you can take during this time. You can resume your normal activities after one week, however, you will have to avoid strenuous physical activity for six weeks.

How long do I have to stop exercising?

You will need to stop all exercise for two weeks. After this time, you can start light exercises, but you must avoid any vigorous exercises for the first six weeks.

When can I return to work?

You will need to take at least one week off work. However, this may be more if your job is very physically demanding, as you will not be able to undertake strenuous physical activity for six weeks.

Will I have a scar?

As the surgery requires an incision, you will have a scar. However, this will be behind the kneecap, so will not be as noticeable. The scar will be more prevalent after surgery, however, over time it will fade in size and colour.

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