This procedure offers a solution to those who want to increase the volume of their lower legs, or calves. This is achieved with the surgical insertion of implants made of soft silicone that comes in different shapes and sizes.
Within body contouring surgeries, calf augmentation has become increasingly more demanded. The contour of the lower extremity is given not only by the buttocks, hips and thighs: the lower leg also plays an important role in balancing the silhouette. People with lack of volume in this site often feel too thin legs and disproportionate, reducing their use of certain dresses or skirts that expose this area of the body.
The shape and volume of the calf is mainly given by the gastrocnemius muscle. The deficiency in the size of the calf can be mild or important; it may be normal genetic inheritance in families with slender legs, due to infection (poliomyelitis) or a congenital malformation, as in the case of spina bifida or club foot.
Surgical correction involves inserting silicone implants into the calf muscle through an incision in the back of the leg. The surgery is usually performed under regional or general anesthesia in an outpatient procedure. It requires special care after surgery, like limiting walking distances and elevating both lower extremities. The dressings are usually worn during one week.
After a period of 2-4 weeks, the patient can return completely to normal physical activities. The scar usually fades with time (months), and although there is always some trace of it, is in a natural crease of the body doesn’t show at all.
Both women and men can undergo this procedure. The choice of implant depends on the height, the degree of impairment, and the desires and expectations of the patient.