Candidates for calf augmentation are physically healthy. They should be realistic about the range of cosmetic outcomes that are made possible by use of the calf augmentation.
Patients who choose to have calf implants typically possess one or more of the following characteristics
Bothered by size of calves, both in general and relative to thighs
Bothered by asymmetrical calves (can be due to spina bifida, poliomyelitis, or clubfoot)
Patients who may have adverse reactions to general or regional anesthesia are not good candidates.
Like other surgeries, a calf augmentation requires certain general surgery procedures such as preoperative blood testing, medications, and cessation of smoking or use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
In the short-term recovery period, you will need to elevate your calves in order to reduce swelling. The skin has to adjust to the new calf size, and there can be discomfort or pain. You can usually resume walking a week after surgery. Long-term recovery consists of one to two months where exercise is limited or restricted and you undergo scar-reducing treatment. Usually, within 4-6 weeks, you can resume a full range of physical activities.
As with any surgery, there are risks of complications related to infection or adverse reactions to anesthesia. After healing, some permanent scarring will remain but use topical therapies can minimize most scarring. When proper precautions are taken by the surgical team, complications are minimized or prevented.
Implant movement or improper implant shaping is also a cosmetic risk, which can be mitigated by following post-surgical follow-up care instructions and choosing a skilled surgeon who regularly performs calf implants.