Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Calf 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.
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:
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.
The calves will now be in proportion 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 is very successful in boosting the confidence and self-esteem of patients.
As the procedure involves an incision, you will have a scar located 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.
Calf implants are a day-procedure and is performed under ClearSleep™ anaesthetic. You will not need to stay overnight.
Calf implants generally take around 2-3 hours.
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.
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 two weeks, however, you will have to avoid strenuous physical activity for six weeks.