Calf Implants (Calf Augmentation)


Calf Implants, also known as Calf Augmentation is a surgical procedure to enhance the shape and size of the larger muscles of the lower legs (calves) using soft, silicone implants.

Calf implants are sought after – not only for cosmetic purposes – but also for reconstructive purposes. Aside from desiring to achieve bulkier calves and improve the proportions, that some may have failed to attain through exercise, it is also performed for the purpose of correcting the asymmetry of the calf’s muscles due to trauma or genetic birth deformities like clubfoot, bifida, and polio.


A local anaesthetic will be applied. To determine the exact location of the implants, the patient will be placed in front of a full-length mirror.

For the calves to be accessible, the patient will be placed on his/her tummy. A 2 centimetre to 2.5 centimetre incision will be created at the back of the knee, above the knee’s crease, through a connective tissue that conceals and protects the gastrocnemius muscle.

Using a long dissector, a pocket will be made between the underlying muscle and the fascia. Without folds or clasping, the implant will be carefully inserted into the space. The same method will be used if an additional implant is needed.

After accomplishing the desired symmetry of both calves, the incision will be closed with the use of dissolving sutures and a dressing will be applied.

Risks and Complications

These are rare and often only temporary, however, they may include:

  • Infection
  • Adverse anaesthetic reactions
  • Bleeding
  • Implant shifting or displacement
  • May weaken nearby muscles or nerve damage
  • Scarring
  • Poor healing
  • Swelling
  • Slippage
  • Asymmetry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. How long is the recovery period after the calf implant surgery?
A. It takes 4 to 8 weeks to recover, and at least 8 weeks before going back to strenuous activities such as cycling, jogging and gym workouts.

Q. Can I walk after the calf implant surgery?
A. No. It requires 1 to 2 days of bed rest where the legs need to be elevated all the time in order to reduce the swelling

Q. Who are the best candidates for a calf implant surgery?
A. Anyone who is in good health and with an average physical condition can undergo the calf implant surgery.

Q. When can I see results?
A. The swelling will be completely gone in a span of 6 months and from that time on, you will be able to see the final results.

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