Calf implants or calf augmentation is a procedure to increase the size and shape of the leg calf.
Men and women decide to have calf implant surgery for varying reasons. The one common reason is that they are unhappy with the size and shape of their lower legs – specifically – the leg calf. Many people are so dissatisfied with the size and shape of their calf muscles that they avoid wearing clothing that exposes their lower legs. After realizing that no amount of exercise will significantly enlarge the calf muscles, they choose calf implant surgery. Calf implants are also used to correct deformities resulting from injury or nerve diseases that result in muscle deterioration. These deformities include Polio, club foot and spina bifida. Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell perform and recommend calf implant surgery to those who desire it for cosmetic reasons and/or to correct imbalance and deformities resulting from disease or injury.
Any man or woman who is dissatisfied with the size and shape of their leg calfs, and who is in otherwise good health, may be an ideal candidate for calf implant surgery. You should have realistic expectations also.
Your surgeon should invest the time to sit down with you face-to-face during your consultation. Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell listen carefully to each patient – every time.
Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell believe this time spent with you is critical. It is during the consultation that they come to fully understand your concerns, evaluate them correctly and are then able to develop the treatment plan that is right for you.
General anesthesia is used for this procedure and you are placed on your stomach. Your surgeon will make the incision in the crease behind the knee and work through this to create the pocket in the calf muscle, into which the implant is then carefully placed and positioned. Sutures close the incision. Recovery occurs over a 2-3 week period, during which time your leg muscles adapt to the implant, the skin stretches and walking normally gradually becomes easier. You will need to sleep with your legs elevated for the first few nights to minimize swelling. After the leg dressings are removed, you will be able to shower.
Where Is The Surgery Performed?
Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell perform surgeries in a state-of-the-art surgical center that is certified and fully equipped with the most advanced technologies available today.
Is Calf Implants Surgery a Commonly Performed Surgery?
Calf implant (augmentation) surgery is a very safe, effective – commonly requested surgery. Our surgeons are specially trained in all plastic (corrective) surgeries and does calf augmentations frequently. In addition, they have experience in patients with reconstructive defects.
Will I Have Visible Scars From Calf Augmentation Surgery?
No. Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell place the incision inconspicuously in the crease behind the knee.
When Will I Be Able to Exercise Vigorously Again?
This varies patient by patient – but typically you must avoid vigorous activity for about one month or longer following your calf augmentation procedure.
What Kind of Implants Are Used for Calf Implant Surgery?
Soft, solid silicone implants are used to enlarge and sculpt the leg calf.
Does Dr. Davison or Dr. Pinell Ever Use Multiple Implants in Each Leg?
Yes. One or two implants may be used in each leg depending upon the desired effect. You may choose to have only the inner head of the muscle enlarged, the outer head – or both.
Why Choose A Surgeon for Calf Implant Surgery?
Calf augmentation is a unique surgery that requires aesthetic skill because of the stress placed on the gastrocnemius muscle and the Achilles tendon. If the implant is not the correct size and shape, as well as being placed just right, it could shift and the difference in each leg will be visibly apparent. The ability to walk, stand and run may be dramatically affected as well.
Will Insurance Pay For Calf Implant (Augmentation) Surgery?
Insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures. If your surgery is performed for health reasons, then it may be covered. Financing is available today for cosmetic procedures. Ask about it in our business office.
The initial consultation with your surgeon is critical! It should always be face to face with your surgeon, during which time he/she listens closely to your concerns. Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell believe this time spent with you is critical to both you and him/her. It is during the consultation that your surgeon comes to fully understand your concerns, evaluates them correctly, and is then able to make the recommendations and develop the treatment plan that is right for you. Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell invest the time to sit down and talk to you face to face.