A calf augmentation is a procedure that is designed to improve the appearance of calves by giving them a more muscular look. This is achieved by the insertion of implants under the calf muscle.
The implants are normally made of hard silicon and inserted from behind the knee and manipulated into position during a calf augmentation operation. The implants are put in pockets which overlay existing muscles and are held in place by the muscles themselves or by permanent stitches.
A successful calf augmentation will result in greater calf definition, but with the appearance and feel of a normal, well-developed calf muscle.
Applications of calf augmentation
Calf augmentations can be inserted to correct congenital and physical defects as well as for aesthetic reasons. This means that a calf augmentation can be a cosmetic surgery or a medical procedure, depending on the circumstances.
The length of a calf augmentation procedure varies, but is typically between 1 and 2 hours. A general anaesthetic is needed, as is a brief stay in hospital.
Scarring from calf augmentation is usually minimal and most patients are able to return to work in a week or less. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks following the operation. The surgeon will advise on a case by case basis following a calf augmentation.