Many patients travel to Spain to undergo calf augmentation surgery.
Calf augmentation surgery (also called calf enlargement surgery) increases the size and improves the shape of the calf. Calf implants correct muscle imbalance resulting from physical defects or birth defects.
Calf augmentation surgery using implants or fat transfer requires a surgeon with wide experience.
Who is calf augmentation surgery recommended for?
Calf augmentation surgery (also called calf enlargement) using calf implants or with fat transfer is indicated for:
- People who despite having no kind of disease specific to this part of the body can neither increase the size of the muscle of this zone nor obtain the desired curvature, having legs that are mismatched at a musculature level.
- People with some kind of congenital malformation in their leg.
- People who suffer from neurological illnesses; poliomyelitis or who have suffered injuries in the zone.
What is involved in calf augmentation?
For calf augmentation surgery semisolid, fusiform (spindle-shaped) and non-rigid implants are used. The operation consists of placing one or two silicone implants between the calf muscle and the skin.
The incision is made in the fold on the back part of the knee. Alternatively fat obtained by liposuction can be used and treated with the Coleman system to fill in the zone.
Calf augmentation surgery is performed under local anaesthetic and sedation, epidural or general anaesthetic depending on the case.
The calf implants are placed on top of or below the muscle, depending on the characteristics of the leg and on what we want to achieve. The most natural result is achieved using the submuscular implant as it is completely hidden and what it does is push the existing muscle out so that it is more prominent. The best position to place it in will be evaluated at the consultation depending on the anatomical features of the legs and on the desired results.
The calf implants are made of cohesive gel, which are denser than those used in breast augmentation. The objective is that they support the strain of the muscles in the legs. It is not necessary to change calf implants although they must be monitored periodically. Once the initial 5 or 6 week period has passed there are no physical restrictions.
The size of the calf implant is chosen depending on the wishes of the patient with regard to shape but the volume is determined by the stiffness of the tissue in the zone, the degree of muscle wasting and the length of the leg. Putting two implants in each leg 4-5cm more circumference can be gained.
Postoperative period and recovery after calf augmentation surgery
After calf augmentation surgery, it is common to spend one night in the hospital, although at times this is not necessary.
It is necessary to rest for a couple of days and start work again after a week has passed. It is normal to notice alterations in the sensitivity of the treated zone, as well as the appearance of bruises and swelling of the legs and feet, which will disappear in a couple of days. It is important not to do gymnastics or any other exercise which involves intense calf activity for the first four to six weeks after the intervention. The calf implant should be fixed in place and not move around.
The postoperative period with two calf implants in each leg is slower than with just one as the space is limited and it takes the leg longer to get used to the extra volume.
The scars are in the hollow of the knee, the popliteal fossa (knee pit). Initially they are visible and they take a few months to lighten.
Are there other alternatives to calf implants in calf enlargement?
The calf implant doesn’t give volume to the area above the ankle. In this area grafts of fat tissue (lipofilling) can be used to increase the diameter of the area and achieve a more natural transition.
The fat is obtained by liposuction from other parts of the patient’s own body. It generally comes from the abdomen, thighs, hips and double chin.
Calf enlargement with fat transfer is a technique that prevents any possible rejection or incompatibility. As it is the patient’s own fat, the result is less harmful for the body.
Antiaging Group Barcelona is a pioneering centre in Spain by introducing Dr. Coleman’s technique which guarantees the greatest survival of the grafted fat and minimizes the incidence of cysts.
It is obvious that calf augmentation surgery with fat transfer is contraindicated in thin patients who don’t have body fat.
Finally, it should be kept in mind that using fatty tissue or the patient’s own fat, will give less projection than with implants. For that reason, fat tissue grafts are used above all as a supplement to calf enlargement with implants, to sculpt the zone and make it look more natural.
Calf augmentation surgery using calf implants or using the patient’s own fat requires a surgeon with wide experience in this field.
How much does calf augmentation surgery cost?
This is one of the first questions that our patients ask. Calf enlargement surgery cost depends on the physical features of the patient and of the technique used in the surgery. Without meeting the patient we don’t offer approximate prices as each patient is a different case. But we know that the economic factor is important when it comes to making a decision. Therefore, we offer the possibility for the patient to come to our facilities for a first, free, no-obligation visit. The patient can consult with the surgeon regarding all their doubts and worries. Based on the characteristics of each patient, we will offer the best solution for each case.
Book an appointment with calf augmentation specialist team to analyse your case and offer you the best solution.
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