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Who Are The Best Candidates?

Calf implants (calf augmentation) are a procedure to increase the size and shape of the calf.

Many people are dissatisfied with the shape/size of their calf muscles to the point that they avoid wearing garments that expose their legs. In these instances, even intensive exercise may not significantly enlarge the calf muscles, particularly in relation to one's larger thigh muscles. Calf implants can also be used to correct deformities resulting from injury or nerve diseases that result in muscle deterioration. Such deformities include, polio, club foot, spina bifida. Calf implants using solid, soft silicone implants addresses these problematic areas.

Calf augmentation offers a solution. This is a procedure designed to increase the size and shape of the calves through surgical insertion of artificial implants into the calf. Implants used for calf augmentation consist of soft, yet solid silicone; they come in different sizes to suit the patients' needs.

The operation lasts about one hour with a general anesthesia

It is during the long-term recovery phase, which begins a couple to three weeks after surgery that more normal walking begins and the skin begins to stretch and loses its shiny appearance. There may be some slight bruising around the incisions and this begins to disappear. A special scar prevention/lessening medication is begun about two to three weeks following surgery. No vigorous activities such as weight lifting, bicycling, running, etc. One can usually progress to those activities about a month or two following the surgery but is dependent on any persistent discomfort or swelling and varies from person to person. Without complications, a person is usually back to full, unrestricted activities a month or two following surgery.

The patient is usually able to return to full physical activities within 4-6 weeks.



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