Calf augmentation or calf implantation is a procedure performed for both men and women to create a cosmetic fullness in the lower leg region. Plastic surgeon, Dr. James Fernau, offers this enhancement surgery for Pittsburgh patients who desire shapelier calves. In men, calf augmentation is typically sought to emphasize muscle bulk. Women often undergo calf augmentation for a proportionate appearance. After calf augmentation, the appearance of the calf area is larger and more defined. Implants can also help correct a muscle imbalance that has resulted from physical or congenital defects or disproportionate calf development. Calf implants are made of silicone and placed in “pockets” created over the existing leg muscles. A number of calf implants may be inserted during the procedure – depending on the need or the desired outcomes.
Calf Augmentation Reviews
"Calf augmentation is great. Natural. Anatomic. Great doctor, great results"- C.W. / Office Visit / Aug 05, 2016
"Dr Fernau did an anatomical calf augmentation with Implantech implants with perfection fat grafting in the fat layer and the results are far better than I expected. They are completely natural. He is a perfectionist and really cares about his patients. I could reach him on his cell after surgery with any questions. A really really great doctor."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Aug 04, 2016
"Dr Fernau gets great results. He did a an anatomical calf augmentation with Implantech implants over the medial and lateral gastrocnemius muscles and fat grafted for perfection. Very natural result. Minimal downtime with use of Exparel. Great doctor, great results."- C.W. / Vitals / Aug 04, 2016
"Calf Augmentation with Calf Implants - Pittsburgh, PA - Dr Fernau placed an implant over each gastrocnemius muscle and my results are better than I expected. Most doctors place only one implant over the medial muscle and the results look fair. Dr Fernau places and implant over the medial and the lateral muscle. Four total implants. Great bulk and much more natural. He even grafted some fat in the SQ tissue for perfection. Minimal downtime. He uses Exparel for 3 days for pain free recovery. Great doctor, great results."- C. / RealSelf / Aug 04, 2016
"Dr Fernau did an anatomical calf augmentation with Implantech implants and my results are far better than I expected. Natural and full calves is what I always wanted and that is what I got. Minimal downtime because he used Exparel long acting anesthetic. Great docor, great results."- C.W. / Yelp / Aug 04, 2016
During calf augmentation surgery, the legs are measured to determine the suitable size and shape of implant to use. The incision is then created in the natural line of the fascia, the fibrous tissue that covers the outer muscle. A special instrument is used to create a ‘pocket’ between the fascia and the muscle, which is big enough for the implant insertion. Implants are typically inserted into the muscle, and the area is reshaped until the desired size is achieved. Because the muscle covers the actual silicone device, the calf looks and feels like real muscle. The wounds are then closed with stitches and once they dissolve, scarring is minimal due to the discreet location of the incision.
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Calf augmentation surgery normally takes about an hour per leg and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or IV sedation. After surgery, especially during the first week, crutches are required until the patient can stand and walk slowly. When lying down, legs should be elevated in order to reduce the swelling. A stretching regime will be prescribed that helps the legs get adapted to having the implants in place. Once the first week is up, the patient can walk longer and greater distances. The results are a shapelier, curvier lower leg that can last for many years.
Calf augmentation surgery will vary in cost depending on the extent of surgery. Some patients will require liposuction to help reshape the lower leg area, and there are a variety of implant types to consider. The average cost can range between $5,500 to $8,500.
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- Average Cost
- $5,500 - $8,500
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Calf Augmentation FAQs
Calf augmentation surgery is not confined to aesthetic purposes only. There are several illnesses or diseases that this procedure can help to correct a visual defect in the lower leg. Specifically, diseases such as Poliomyelitis and Spina Bifida can lead to a visible deformity. In addition, clubfoot where the heels and toes turn inward, as well as bow-legged conditions can also be corrected with implants.
Are Scars Noticeable?
The placement of the incision when it comes to cosmetic surgery (in most cases) is always along natural folds and creases of the area being treated so it can be easily concealed. For calf augmentation, the incision is located either behind the knee or under the front knee. When the scar heals, this strategic positioning will conceal the scar making it difficult to see.
How Long Will They Last?
The results from calf augmentation, just like with any other cosmetic surgery that uses implants, can lasts for approximately 10-15 years. However, once the patient ages, a shapelier calf may no longer be desired if it does not remain proportionate with the rest of the body. In some cases, patients can opt to have the implant removed if they wish. However, they are considered permanent until that decision is made.