Calf implants are solid silicone, implanted into the calf to change the appearance of the lower leg. It is often done to improve the ratio between the calf and the thigh. In men in particular it is performed to increase the appearance of muscle.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A consultation is carried out with the practitioner first, to thoroughly assess the size and result desired by the client. The implants are measured and ordered. An incision is made in the fibrous material of the gastrocnemius muscle (the calf muscle). The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic. Post-op the legs are elevated for about 2 days. A catheter may be inserted to allow the patient to avoid standing, but more often help to the bathroom is offered instead. Standing and walking is practiced and generally the patient is fully mobile in 2 to 3 weeks. The scars fade over about a 4 to six weeks period.
The procedure is often used by body builders wishing to increase symmetry in the body. The shape of the leg can be manipulated to an aesthetically pleasing result.
It is full surgery under a general anaesthetic and carries with it all the associated risks. The result can sometimes be uneven. The recovery time means the client cannot train for over a month.