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Calf Implants

Calf Implants

Many people find it difficult to develop their calf muscles, even with extensive, targeted exercise. For some individuals, regardless of what they do, their lower legs remain thin and undefined.

Other people have had an illness that has caused the leg muscles to appear deteriorated or under-developed. Even bodybuilders sometimes find that the well-defined calves they desire cannot be produced by exercise alone, and they elect to have calf implant surgery in order to produce a better-balanced lower body.

The implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In the case of disease or injury, custom implants may also be made from a mold of the calf muscles. Most implants are made of pliable, but solid materials, such as silicone. They are placed above the calf muscles to enhance their appearance, giving the legs more definition and shape.

If you're considering calf implant surgery, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you consult a plastic surgeon who is board certified or has completed a residency program that includes instruction in this procedure.

After calf implant surgery, the legs can appear more shapely and defined. This can create a greater feeling of confidence, particularly in clothes such as shorts and swimsuits. For bodybuilders and others, calf implants can bring the calves into better proportion with the rest of their bodies. For those who have suffered from a disease or injury, the surgery may help create a feeling of victory over the disease, bringing an end to negative feelings of being abnormal or different.

How is Calf Implant surgery performed?

The surgeon begins by marking the area of excess skin to be treated. Incisions are made on the inner and under surface of the arm. The pattern of skin removal usually follows an elliptical or triangular shape. The surgical opening may run from the armpit to as low as the elbow. If desired, fat may be suctioned at this time. The remaining skin is stretched and sutured (stitched) into place. A drain may be placed to extract excess fluids from the incision site. This will allow for enhanced adherence of the skin and underlying tissue. The incisions are then bandaged.

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How long does a Calf Implant surgery take?

An Calf Implants is generally completed in approximately two hours.

What type of anesthesia is used?

An Calf Implants is usually performed using local anesthesia along with a light sedative to make you feel drowsy and relaxed. General anesthesia may also be used, causing you to be asleep during the whole procedure.

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Where is the procedure performed?

This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, in the surgeon's office-based surgical suite, an outpatient surgery center or hospital.

When can I return home and resume normal activities?

After a brief stay in the recovery room, you will be allowed to go home. If general anesthesia is used, you should arrange for someone to drive you home and assist you with your daily activities during your recovery period. Normal activities may be resumed in approximately one to two weeks.

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How do I prepare for Calf Implant surgery?

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the changes that you would like to make to your appearance. Since the appearance of your arm is a matter of personal perception and preference, you will need to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon can determine the appropriate alternatives. An Calf Implants procedure does not affect muscle tone, therefore, you should speak with your surgeon about how to tone and firm the muscle beneath the skin both before and after your procedure. You also should make arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from your procedure and to assist you with your daily activities during your recovery period.

Prior to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will perform a complete health history and physical. Knowledge of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries should be brought to your surgeon's attention at this time. Specific instructions to assist you in preparing for this procedure will be given to you after the health history and physical is complete. Depending on your individual health status, the instructions may include guidelines regarding your diet, alcohol intake, smoking and which medications to take or avoid. Your experience will be much smoother if you remain compliant with your surgeon's instructions.

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What precautions are necessary during recovery?

While each person's recovery is unique, the recovery period after an Calf Implants generally lasts one to two weeks. For the first week following surgery, you will have to avoid strenuous activity, including bending and lifting. You will probably be able to return to work in a week and resume exercise within two weeks. Strenuous workouts and contact sports can be engaged in after about four weeks. Your surgeon will remove any stitches that are not absorbed after about one week. Please ask your surgeon for after care instructions specific to your case, as these will assist you during your recovery period.

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What are the possible complications after a Calf Implant surgery?

The most common risks associated with this type of surgery include, but are not limited to, a reaction to the anesthesia used, excessive bleeding, infection, visible scarring, asymmetry or irregularities, and changes in nerve sensation. No procedure is without risks; however, the majority of complications known to be associated with an Calf Implants are minor when the procedure is performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. It is always important to be informed about the possible complications before any surgery. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.

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What results can I expect after Calf Implant surgery?

Your arm will be placed in a special compression garment to help the newly sculpted skin adhere to the tissue underneath. You will probably have several layers of stitches on the upper arm. A drain may be inserted to help the skin to adhere to the underlying tissue. The stitches may be absorbed or removed by your surgeon during your follow-up visit.

Please note that the natural aging process will eventually affect the whole body, including the area treated in this procedure. The contouring effects of Calf Implantss are typically long lasting, and most people are very pleased with the appearance of balance and proportion in the contour of the arm.

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Choosing the right surgeon

To obtain further information regarding Calf Implants surgery, we advise you to consult with a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Regardless of the type of procedure you are considering, it is crucial to choose the right surgeon for your individual goals. To receive a complimentary consultation with a specialist in your area, simply fill out our Online Referral Form or call Toll Free 800.449.1884.

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