Calf Augmentation with Implants London UK
Achieve sculpted, well-defined calves with our calf implant surgery, designed to enhance your lower leg contours and boost your confidence with a natural-looking, proportionate appearance
Calf implants are prosthetic devices designed to augment the size and shape of the calf muscles. They are made of solid silicone and are surgically inserted into the calf through incisions in the skin. The implants are designed to be soft and flexible, mimicking the natural feel of the calf muscle.
Calf implants are typically used for cosmetic purposes, to enhance the appearance of the legs and improve body proportion. They can also be used to restore the calf muscle size and shape after injury or disease.
The surgical procedure to insert calf implants involves making an incision in the skin, usually on the back of the knee or in the mid-calf region. The implant is then positioned in a pocket created in the calf muscle and secured in place with sutures or other materials. After the implant is in place, the incision is closed with sutures or surgical staples.
Calf implant surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia and may take several hours. After surgery, patients typically need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to reduce swelling and support the implant. Most patients can return to work and light activities within a week or two of the procedure, but full recovery may take several weeks.
As with any surgical procedure, calf implant surgery carries some risks and potential complications, including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and implant displacement. Additionally, the long-term effects of calf implants are not well understood, and there is a risk of implant failure or the need for revision surgery in the future.
It is important for patients considering calf implants to discuss their goals and any potential risks and benefits of the procedure with a qualified plastic surgeon. A well-informed decision should be made based on individual health, lifestyle, and other factors.
Anatomy of the calf muscles
The calf muscles, also known as the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, are a group of muscles located in the lower leg. The calf muscles are responsible for the movement of the ankle and foot and play a critical role in activities such as walking, running, jumping, and standing.
The gastrocnemius is the larger and more visible of the two calf muscles located on the upper part of the calf. It is a two-headed muscle that originates from the femur bone and inserts into the heel bone (calcaneus). The gastrocnemius muscle is responsible for plantar flexion, which is the movement of pointing the toes away from the body.
The soleus muscle is a smaller, flat muscle that lies underneath the gastrocnemius. It also originates from the femur bone but inserts into the heel bone via a tendon that runs behind the ankle joint. The soleus muscle works in conjunction with the gastrocnemius to produce plantar flexion and also helps to maintain posture and balance when standing.
Both the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles work together to control ankle and foot movement and are essential for a wide range of physical activities. Stretching and strengthening exercises for the calf muscles can help to improve their flexibility, strength, and overall function.
What is Calf Implant Surgery?
Calf implant surgery, also known as calf augmentation, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at enhancing the shape, size, and overall appearance of the calves. It is typically performed on individuals who desire a more defined and muscular calf contour, which can be difficult to achieve through exercise alone. The procedure is popular among both men and women seeking to improve the proportions of their lower legs and boost their self-confidence.
Calf implant surgery involves the placement of specially designed, solid silicone implants into the calf muscles, specifically the gastrocnemius muscle, which is the primary muscle responsible for the curved appearance of the calves. These implants are made of durable, biocompatible materials that are designed to mimic the feel and appearance of natural muscle tissue.
Calf Augmentation with Implants Before & After Photos
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Benefits of calf augmentation
Calf augmentation with implants allow you to have more toned, larger calf muscles, 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.
Modern 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. The implants can be custom made to ensure you have the muscle size you desire.
Why do people get calf implants?
- Lack of definition: Some people have naturally thin or underdeveloped calf muscles, leading to a lack of definition in the lower leg. Calf implants can provide the appearance of a more defined and muscular calf.
- Injuries or deformities: Certain injuries or congenital deformities can result in asymmetry or deformities in the calf area. Calf implants can help to restore symmetry and improve the appearance of the affected leg.
- Body dissatisfaction: Many people are dissatisfied with the appearance of their legs and feel that they are too thin or too small. Calf implant surgery can be used to increase the size and volume of the calf, providing a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
- Improved self-confidence: For some people, the appearance of their legs has a significant impact on their self-esteem and confidence. Calf implant surgery can help to improve their self-confidence by providing a more attractive and pleasing appearance.
Calf Implants vs Fat Transfer
Calf augmentation with implants and fat transfer are two different procedures used to enhance the appearance of the calves. Both procedures have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the best option for you will depend on your individual goals and needs.
Calf Implants: Calf implants are made of silicone and are designed to add volume to the calves. They are inserted through incisions in the back of the knee and are positioned over the calf muscles. Calf implant surgery is a permanent solution for adding volume to the calves, but the incisions used to insert the implants can result in noticeable scars.
Fat Transfer to calves: Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, uses fat from another part of the body to add volume to the calves. Fat transfer is less invasive than calf implants, as it only requires small incisions to remove the fat and re-inject it into the calves. Fat transfer is a more natural-looking option, as the fat used in the procedure is your own tissue, but it is not a permanent solution. Some of the fat used in the procedure may be reabsorbed by the body over time, which may require touch-up procedures to maintain the desired result.
Both calf implants and fat transfer have risks and potential complications, so it is important to discuss the options with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine the best option for you. The surgeon can help you understand the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of each procedure and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.
Am I suitable?
The suitability for calf implant surgery depends on several factors and is best determined through a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your overall health, medical history, and calf anatomy, as well as discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure.
Good candidates for calf implant surgery are typically:
- In good physical health
- Non-smokers, as smoking can impair healing
- Individuals with realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
- Individuals with sufficient calf muscle mass, but are seeking to increase the size or improve the shape of their calf muscles
- Individuals who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their calf muscles due to injury, disease, or congenital defect
Additionally, the surgeon will consider any medical conditions that may increase the risk of complications, such as a history of blood clotting disorders, poor wound healing, or an autoimmune disease.
It is important to remember that calf implant surgery is a cosmetic procedure and is not recommended for individuals who have a significant medical condition or who are unable to tolerate general anaesthesia.
It is also important to note that calf implant surgery may not be the best option for individuals who are seeking significant improvement in calf muscle size and shape. In some cases, weight training and exercise may be more appropriate and achieve similar results without the risks and costs associated with surgery.
Ultimately, the suitability for calf implant surgery will be determined by the surgeon based on a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s overall health, goals, and individual circumstances. If you are considering calf implant surgery, it is important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon at our Baker Street clinic to discuss your options and determine if the procedure is right for you.
Do calf implants come in different materials and sizes?
Yes, calf implants come in different materials and sizes.
Calf Implant Materials:
Calf implants are typically made of silicone, a soft, flexible material that is well tolerated by the body. Silicone implants are designed to mimic the feel and movement of natural calf muscles. Some calf implants are also made of other materials, such as polyurethane foam or Gore-Tex, but silicone is the most commonly used material.
Calf Implant Sizes:
Calf implants come in a range of sizes to accommodate different calf sizes and shapes. The size of the implant is determined by the individual’s existing calf size and the desired final result. The implant size can also be customized to achieve a natural-looking result.
The surgeon will evaluate the individual’s calf size and shape, take into account their goals for the procedure, and choose the implant size that is best suited for their needs. The surgeon will also make sure that the implant size is appropriate for the individual’s body type and that it will provide a natural-looking result.
Calf implants are available in a range of sizes and materials, allowing for customization and flexibility in achieving the desired final result. The choice of material and size will depend on the individual’s specific needs and goals for the procedure. It is important to work with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon at Centre for Surgery to ensure that the implant size and material are appropriate for the individual’s needs and will provide a safe and effective outcome.
3D custom designed calf implants for calf atrophy
Calf atrophy, or the loss of muscle volume in the lower leg, can result from various congenital or acquired conditions. Treatment options for calf atrophy may include physical therapy, orthotic devices, or custom-made implants. In cases where the primary concern is cosmetic, custom-made calf implants may provide an effective solution for improving the appearance and symmetry of the lower legs.
Here are some steps to consider when treating calf atrophy with custom-made implants:
- Consultation with a specialist: Speak Dr Omar Tillo who specialises in calf surgery and has experience with custom-made implants. He can assess your specific situation, discuss the potential benefits and risks, and determine if custom-made implants are an appropriate option for you.
- Imaging and measurements: Dr Tillo will take detailed measurements and imaging of your legs using techniques like 3D scanning or MRI to create a precise model of your anatomy. This information will be used to design a custom-made implant that fits your unique anatomy and addresses calf atrophy.
- Implant fabrication: The custom-made implant will be created using biocompatible materials, such as silicone or porous polyethylene, which have been extensively tested for safety and efficacy. The implant will be designed to mimic the shape and texture of your natural calf muscles, ensuring a realistic appearance.
- Surgical procedure: The implant will be surgically inserted into a pocket created beneath the skin and fascia of the affected calf. The surgeon will make an incision, typically in a natural skin crease, to minimise visible scarring. The implant will be positioned to provide optimal symmetry and balance with the unaffected leg.
- Recovery and follow-up: Recovery from calf implant surgery generally takes several weeks. You may experience some pain, swelling, and bruising, which can be managed with medications and cold compresses. Your surgeon will provide guidance on when you can gradually resume activities and return to work or school. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress, assess the implant’s positioning, and address any concerns or complications that may arise.
Centre for Surgery is proud to be one of the few providers in the UK to specialise in calf implant surgery for muscle deficiency using 3D custom-designed calf implants from Anatomik Modeling.
3D custom-made silicone implants are computer designed from a high resolution CT scan to fit the unique anatomy of each patient. It is considered the gold standard treatment to treat muscle deficiency resulting in calf atrophy.
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How to Prepare for Calf Implant Surgery
Preparing for calf implant surgery involves several steps that are important for ensuring a successful outcome. Here are some tips for preparing for the procedure:
- Choose a qualified plastic surgeon: It is important to select a plastic surgeon such as Dr Omar Tillo who is experienced and knowledgeable in calf implant surgery. Look for a surgeon who is on the GMC specialist register in plastic surgery and who has a proven track record of success.
- Discuss your goals and expectations: Before the procedure, it is important to discuss your goals and expectations with your surgeon. This will help to ensure that you are both on the same page and that the surgeon understands your desired outcome.
- Obtain a medical evaluation: Before the procedure, your surgeon will perform a medical evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for calf implant surgery. This may include a physical examination, medical history review, and blood tests.
- Stop smoking: If you are a smoker, it is important to stop smoking at least several weeks prior to the procedure, as smoking can impair healing.
- Avoid certain medications: Certain medications, such as aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can increase the risk of bleeding and should be avoided in the weeks prior to the procedure. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions on which medications to avoid.
- Plan for postoperative care: Before the procedure, it is important to plan for post-operative care, including arrangements for transportation to and from the surgery centre, as well as for someone to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours after the procedure.
- Follow preoperative instructions: Your surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for calf implant surgery, including instructions on eating and drinking, as well as when to stop taking certain medications.
- Arrange for time off work: Calf implant surgery typically requires several days to a week of rest and recovery, so it is important to arrange for time off work.
By following these steps and working closely with your surgeon, you can prepare for calf implant surgery and increase your chances of a successful outcome.
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What happens during calf augmentation surgery
Calf implant surgery is typically performed under general anaesthesia and typically takes 1 to 2 hours to complete is designed to enhance the appearance of the calves by adding volume and improving their shape.
The specific steps involved in calf implant surgery may vary depending on the surgeon’s technique and the patient’s specific needs, but the general steps are as follows:
- Anaesthesia: The patient is given general anaesthesia to ensure they are asleep and comfortable during the procedure.
- Incision: The surgeon makes incisions in the back of the knee to create pockets for the calf implants. The incisions are typically made in a location that will minimize scarring and are usually between 5 and 7 cm in length.
- Placement of implants: The surgeon carefully positions the calf implants over the calf muscles, making sure they are evenly placed and symmetrical. The implants are usually inserted through the incisions in the back of the knee, but they can also be inserted through incisions in the front of the ankle or through the top of the foot.
- Closure of incisions: The incisions are closed with sutures or surgical staples, and a dressing is applied.
- Recovery: After the procedure, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored until they are fully awake. They will be given pain medication to manage any discomfort and will need to wear compression stockings to reduce swelling.
It is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions for postoperative care carefully to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal results from calf implant surgery. This may include restrictions on physical activity, as well as instructions for wound care and follow-up appointments with the surgeon.
Overall, calf implant surgery can provide a permanent solution for adding volume and improving the shape of the calves, but as with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications that should be considered and discussed with a qualified plastic surgeon.
Calf implant placement options
- One implant in one leg
- Two implants in one leg
- One implant in each leg
- Two implants in both legs
- Custom-made implant using CAD-CAM technology (special order from Anatomik Modeling)
Calf implants permit improved proportions with the rest of your body, particularly the knees and ankles. As calves are such a prominent part of the body that are often on display, this procedure can effectively boost patients’ confidence and self-esteem.
Recovery after calf augmentation
Recovery after calf implant surgery typically takes several weeks and involves a number of steps to promote healing and ensure a successful outcome. Here’s what you can expect:
- Pain and swelling: After the procedure, you may experience some pain and swelling in the calf region. This is normal and typically subsides within a few days. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort.
- Compression garment: You will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks after the procedure to reduce swelling and support the implant.
- Rest and activity restrictions: You will need to rest and limit physical activity for several days to a week after the procedure. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions on when it is safe to return to work and normal activities.
- Wound care: Your surgeon will provide instructions on how to care for the surgical incisions, including how to keep the area clean and when to change any dressings.
- Physical therapy: Physical therapy may be recommended after calf implant surgery to help restore range of motion and strength in the calf muscle.
- Follow-up appointments: You will need to attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and ensure that the implant is healing properly.
- Return to normal activities: The timeline for returning to normal activities will vary based on the individual, but most patients are able to return to work and light activities within a week or two of the procedure. Full recovery may take several weeks.
It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions and attend all follow-up appointments to ensure a successful recovery after calf implant surgery. If you experience any unusual symptoms or have concerns, it is important to contact your surgeon promptly.
What results should I expect from calf implant surgery?
Calf implant surgery can enhance the size and shape of the calf muscles, providing a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Here are some of the results you can expect from calf implant surgery:
- Improved calf definition: Calf implant surgery can help to enhance the definition of the calf muscles, giving them a more toned and athletic appearance.
- Increased calf size: Calf implant surgery can increase the size of the calf muscles, providing a more proportionate appearance and better balance with the thigh and leg.
- Enhanced self-confidence: Many patients report an improvement in self-confidence and self-esteem after calf implant surgery, as they feel more comfortable with the appearance of their legs.
- Long-lasting results: Calf implants are made from durable, long-lasting materials, so the results of the procedure are typically long-lasting.
It is important to keep in mind that every patient is unique, and results may vary. It is also important to choose a qualified plastic surgeon and have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure.
It is also important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care, including proper wound care and physical therapy, to ensure the best possible outcome. If you experience any unusual symptoms or have concerns, it is important to contact your surgeon promptly.
Potential risks and complications of calf augmentation with implants
Calf implant surgery, like all surgical procedures, does carry some risks and potential complications. Here are some of the most common risks and complications associated with calf implant surgery:
- Infection: The risk of infection after calf implant surgery is low, but it can occur. Symptoms of infection include fever, redness, swelling, and increased pain at the incision site. Good hygiene and wound care can help minimize the risk of infection.
- Implant displacement: The calf implants may shift or become dislodged after the procedure, requiring additional surgery to reposition or replace them. This risk can be minimised by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon and following the post-operative instructions for physical activity and other activities.
- Implant rejection: In rare cases, the body may reject the implants, causing pain, swelling, or other symptoms. This risk can be minimized by choosing high-quality, biocompatible implants and following postoperative instructions for wound care and other activities.
- Nerve damage: The procedure may cause damage to the nerves in the calf, leading to numbness or decreased sensation in the area. This risk can be minimized by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon who has experience with calf implant surgery.
- Scarring: The surgical incisions may result in noticeable scars. The visibility of the scars can be minimized by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon who uses techniques to minimize scarring, such as placing the incisions in inconspicuous areas.
- Hematoma: A hematoma is a collection of blood that can occur at the surgical site after calf implant surgery. Symptoms of a hematoma include swelling, pain, and redness. This risk can be minimized by following the post-operative instructions for wound care and physical activity.
- Anaesthesia risks: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with anaesthesia, including allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, and blood clots. These risks can be minimized by choosing a qualified anesthesiologist and providing complete and accurate information about your medical history and current medications.
It is important to discuss the risks and potential complications of calf implant surgery with a qualified plastic surgeon before undergoing the procedure. The surgeon can help you understand the likelihood of each risk and provide information on how to minimize them. If you experience any unusual symptoms or have concerns after the procedure, it is important to contact your surgeon promptly.
How much do calf implants cost in the UK?
The cost of calf implant surgery in the UK can vary depending on several factors, such as the surgeon’s experience, the location of the surgery, and the type of implant used. On average, calf implant surgery can cost between £6,500 and £12,000 or more.
It is important to keep in mind that the cost of calf implant surgery is usually not covered by medical insurance, as it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure. Centre for Surgery offers financing options from Chrysalis Finance to help make the procedure more affordable.
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When considering calf implant surgery, it is important to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and to discuss the cost of the procedure in detail, including any additional costs such as anaesthesia, hospital fees, and post-operative care. This will help ensure that you have a clear understanding of the total cost of the procedure and can make an informed decision about whether calf implant surgery is right for you.
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Why Choose Centre for Surgery for Calf Augmentation with Implants?
Centre for Surgery is home to specialist plastic surgeons with expertise in calf augmentation surgery with implants or fat grafting. Our surgeons have significant experience in performing both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery on the calves. He is one of the few surgeons in the UK to offer 3D custom designed calf implants.
- Significant experience in all types of calf augmentation surgery – single implants, dual implants and custom-made implants, as well as fat transfer techniques
- We own and manage our own surgical facilities. Properly performed calf augmentation surgery takes time as it is technically challenging surgery and should not be rushed.
Centre for Surgery offers finance options in conjunction with our finance partner, Chrysalis Finance.
What causes calf atrophy?Calf atrophy, or the loss of muscle volume and strength in the lower leg, can result from various causes, which can be broadly categorized into neurological, musculoskeletal, and systemic factors. Some common causes of calf atrophy include:
Disuse or immobilisation: Prolonged periods of inactivity or immobilization, such as bed rest or wearing a cast, can lead to muscle wasting and calf atrophy due to lack of muscle stimulation and use.
Neurological disorders: Conditions that affect the nerves controlling the calf muscles can result in muscle weakness and atrophy. Some examples include peripheral neuropathy, nerve compression, spinal cord injury, and stroke.
Muscular disorders: Diseases that directly affect muscle tissue, such as muscular dystrophy or inflammatory myopathies, can lead to muscle weakness and calf atrophy.
Traumatic injuries: Injuries to the muscles, tendons, or nerves in the calf, such as fractures or severe soft tissue injuries, can cause calf atrophy due to damage, disuse, or denervation.
Surgical procedures: Certain surgeries, especially those involving the lower leg or spine, can result in nerve damage or muscle weakness, leading to calf atrophy.
Degenerative diseases: Conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can cause calf atrophy due to joint pain, stiffness, and muscle disuse.
Infections: Infections such as poliomyelitis can damage the nerves controlling the calf muscles, leading to muscle weakness and atrophy.
Malnutrition: A lack of essential nutrients, protein, and calories can lead to muscle wasting and atrophy, including in the calf muscles.
Systemic diseases: Certain systemic diseases, such as cancer, kidney disease, and liver disease, can cause muscle wasting and atrophy as a side effect or due to malnutrition.
Ageing: A natural decrease in muscle mass and strength occurs with aging, leading to a reduction in muscle volume, including in the calf muscles.
Are calf implants permanent?Calf implants are considered to be permanent, but like all medical devices, they can be subject to wear and tear over time. The longevity of calf implants will depend on a number of factors, including the quality of the implant material, the patient's physical activity level, and the individual's overall health.
In general, calf implants are made from durable, long-lasting materials that are designed to provide a permanent improvement in the size and shape of the calf muscles. However, it is important to note that the implants may need to be replaced at some point in the future if they become damaged or shift out of place.
It is important to follow your surgeon's instructions for post-operative care, including proper wound care and physical therapy, to help ensure the best possible outcome and longevity of the implants. If you experience any unusual symptoms or have concerns, it is important to contact your surgeon promptly.
Are calf implants safe?Calf implant surgery is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Like all surgical procedures, calf implant surgery does carry some risks and potential complications, including:
Infection: The risk of infection after calf implant surgery is low, but it can occur. Good hygiene and wound care can help minimize the risk of infection.
Implant displacement: The calf implants may shift or become dislodged after the procedure, requiring additional surgery to reposition or replace them.
Implant rejection: In rare cases, the body may reject the implants, causing pain, swelling, or other symptoms.
Nerve damage: The procedure may cause damage to the nerves in the calf, leading to numbness or decreased sensation in the area.
Scarring: The surgical incisions may result in noticeable scars.
It is important to choose a qualified plastic surgeon who has experience with calf implant surgery and discuss the risks and potential complications of the procedure in detail. The surgeon can also provide information on how to minimize the risks and ensure a successful outcome.
Can I have calf implants?Calf augmentation with implants are suitable for those who want to improve the appearance of their thighs. Your thighs may be small, underdeveloped or you may have been born with a medical condition.
You will need to be at least 18 years old to have calf implants.
Can I go home the same day after calf implant surgery?Calf implants are a day-procedure at Centre for Surgery and are performed under TIVA anaesthetic. This means you will be able to go home later the same day. You will not need to stay overnight.
How long does calf implant surgery take to perform?Calf implants generally take around two to three hours.
What does calf implant surgery involve?Calf augmentation using implants is performed using TIVA anaesthesia as a day case and takes approximately 2-3 hours. An incision is first made in the crease behind the knee. The surgeon will then create a suitably sized pocket for the implants, which are inserted above the calf muscle.
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; these are usually removed 2-3 days later.
Are calf implants obvious?The visibility of calf implants can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the size and shape of the implants, the patient's anatomy, and the thickness of the surrounding tissue. In some cases, calf implants may be noticeable, especially if they are significantly larger than the natural calf muscles or if the surrounding tissue is thin. In other cases, the implants may be less noticeable and blend well with the natural contours of the leg.
It is important to choose a qualified plastic surgeon who has experience with calf implant surgery and can provide you with a realistic assessment of the visibility of the implants based on your anatomy and goals. The surgeon can help you choose an implant size and shape that will provide a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.
It is also important to follow your surgeon's instructions for post-operative care, including proper wound care and physical therapy, to help ensure the best possible outcome and minimize the visibility of the implants.
What does calf implant recovery involve?As the procedure involves an incision, you will have a scar behind the knee. This location is inconspicuous, and the scar will not be prominent. The scar may be more noticeable directly after surgery. However, with time, it will fade in colour and size and be less visible.
After the procedure, you will have to wear a compression garment, which will help to reduce swelling, keep the calves in shape and speed up the recovery period. This may have to be worn for up to six weeks.
You may need to take up to two weeks off work. However, this will vary depending on your own recovery and what type of employment you undertake.
You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activity for six weeks. After two weeks you will be able to resume light activities.
Will I need to wear a special garment after calf implants?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.
When can I start exercising after calf implant surgery?You will be able to resume light activities after two weeks. You can resume all activities after six weeks but you should check with your surgeon first.
Will I have a scar after calf implant surgery?As this procedure involves an incision, you will have a scar. However, the incision will be made behind the knee, so it will not be noticeable.
Your surgeon will be able to give you instructions which you can follow to help minimise the appearance of the scar.