Calf implant

Purpose:

To change the shape of calves or make them look bigger.

The procedure:

Calf implants involve surgery and the treatment can take up to two hours per implant. The treatment requires either general or local anaesthetic, depending on the size of the implant. The surgeon makes a small cut before inserting the implant, which is then held in place by the calf muscles or stitches.

The vast majority of calf implants are made of silicone

The results:

Most people find that the shape or texture of their calves has changed as required. The results will be permanent.

The risks:

General risks associated with surgery - see Considering cosmetic surgery?

Risks can include infection, blood loss, fluid collection, movement of the implant or scarring. You will not be able to exercise heavily for at least two weeks after the operation.

If the implant is infected, ruptures or moves, the implant may have to be removed, which is not always a straightforward procedure. If you think the implant has ruptured you should contact your doctor immediately.

Before you start:

Most people choose to have calf implants because they think their calves look too small - but this may be due to the structure and proportions of your legs rather than your calves. Before considering a calf implant, talk to your doctor about whether there are any alternatives, such as exercise.

Also see:

Fat implant/ fat transfer

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