WHAT ARE CALF IMPLANTS? - BODY SURGERY
The procedure to insert calf implants is often referred to as ‘calf augmentation’ which is a surgical procedure performed to provide more definition and shape to the lower leg.
This procedure can be performed as either cosmetic surgery, for those who are dissatisfied with the shape and size of their calf muscles, or as corrective surgery where it can be used to correct both congenital and physical defects.
Because men and women are generally looking to achieve different results, calf implants are available in different sizes.
IS THIS PROCEDURE SUITABLE FOR ME? - BODY SURGERY
Sometimes, despite exercise, diet, and training, it can be difficult to achieve the calf muscle tone one desires. Alternatively, you may suffer from a congenital condition or defect.
Your suitability for the procedure will be determined by a surgeon’s consultation which will take into account factors such as your medical history and condition. Generally, if you are in good health and have realistic expectations of what calf augmentation can achieve then this procedure may be suitable for you.
The consultation with the surgeon will enable you to come to an informed decision.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE? - BODY SURGERY
The surgeon will make small incisions in the crease line behind the knee, thus creating a pocket on the inner side of the calf where the implant will be inserted. The incision will then be sutured.
WILL IT LEAVE A SCAR? - BODY SURGERY
There will be a scar but due to the location this will probably be unnoticeable and will normally fade over time.
A consultation with your surgeon will determine the exact location of the incision.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST? - BODY SURGERY
The results of this type of surgery are usually long lasting.
HOW LONG WILL THE PROCEDURE TAKE? - BODY SURGERY
The procedure takes between one to two hours and is normally performed under general anaesthetic.
WILL I EXPERIENCE ANY PAIN? - BODY SURGERY
During the procedure you will be under general anaesthesia. However, you may experience some pain and discomfort after the surgery as your body heals. You can expect to be sore, and swollen for a few days. After the surgery you will be given painkillers to help with any pain and discomfort you may be feeling.
You should follow the surgeon’s instructions with regard to post op care.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME? HOW LONG BEFORE I AM ACTIVE AGAIN? - BODY SURGERY
On average recovery time takes between one to two weeks and most patients are back to work within a week. You should avoid any strenuous physical exercise in the first week or so.
Full physical activity can normally be resumed within 4 to 6 weeks.
Recovery periods can vary between patients and are dependent upon factors such as age, state of health, the procedure undertaken and your own bodies healing ability.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED? - BODY SURGERY
Full information of the risks involved, and what you can expect to experience, will be provided to you by your surgeon before the procedure.