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
"Doc Fernau is simply put THE best. I had all of the surgery listed within the past year and great results. He cares. Always has the best equipment and staff. I send friends ,family all the time. I'm going back for more !"- T. / Vitals / Oct 26, 2016
"Small Calves Embarrassed to Wear Shorts - Pittsburgh, PA - Dr Fernau does beautiful work . His attention to detail and meticulous nature is amazing. He cares. He is kind and warm. His staff is lovely and you can tell they really care about him. I saw him bring in fresh flowers to his staff ! - - I underwent bilateral calf implants with fabulous results. Dr Fernau does beautiful work and I can wear dresses and shorts and look normal. I cannot see my scars and his staff performs laser surgery over the scars every six weeks to completely make them disappear. They do this free of charge. I absolutely love my new legs."- N. / RealSelf / Oct 27, 2016
"46 Year Old Male Wanting Six Pack Back - Pittsburgh, PA - Dr Fernau is the best doc I ever could have found to do my abdominal etching! My results are better then I thought they would be. He really cared and coached me on exercise and eating healthy! His office staff called me after surgery and other times to check on me and give me encouragement. He did some body implants of my friends and I am coming back for implants for bicep, deltoid,pec and calf. He is the best ! - - Dr Fernau actually gave me a six pack! I had abdominal etching 10 months ago using smartlipo and my abs are back ! One great thing about Dr Fernau he really cares. I was weighed every time I came in and he always encouraged exercise and healthy eating. I really followed instructions and it paid off. He and his staff are a great team. No other medical office can compare ! I'm coming for bicep, deltoid , pec and calf implants. He did some of buddies with knock out results ! He is the best !"- 1. / RealSelf / Oct 26, 2016
"Dr Fernau is exceptional in every way. Skill, knowledge, compassion, honesty. A true would class surgeon! I had abdominal etching with smartlipo, bicep and calf implants and I "topped" it off with a neograft hair transplant. I am a patient for life. He has worked on 4 family members with equally remarkable results. A great man !"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 26, 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.