Dr. Hootan Daneshmand

Bicep Implants in Orange County & Bakersfield

Calf Augmentation

Silicone implants are incredible, versatile tools in the plastic surgery world. A qualified plastic surgeon can surgically insert them almost anywhere for aesthetic purposes, including into your calves. If your lower legs are disproportionately skinnier than the rest of your body, calf implants may boost your confidence. Below, we discuss the price and risks associated with calf augmentation. Additionally, we tell you exactly what to expect before, during, and after your calf augmentation. Call 949-359-8397 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daneshmand at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute.
Calf Implants in Bakersfield and Orange County, CA

What Are Calf Implants?

A calf implant is basically the same as a breast implant. It’s an implant created from a soft silicon material that’s surgically inserted into the lower legs in order to make calf muscles look bigger.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Calf Augmentation?

If you feel like your calves are much thinner than the rest of your legs and your self-confidence suffers as a result, you may be a good candidate for this cosmetic surgery. Additionally, if an injury or physical disability has caused you to lose a lot of muscle tone in the calf area, you could benefit from calf implantation as well. Both men and women can undergo this surgery if they want more defined calves.

How to Prepare for a Calf Augmentation Surgery

Preparing ahead of time for cosmetic procedures is incredibly important. You’ll need to prepare your body, your finances, your work, and your loved ones before a calf augmentation. For example, you’ll likely need to take a few days or a few weeks off work while you recover. You’ll also need to have a payment plan in place for your surgery. Make sure you do all this ahead of time. Additionally, you’ll need to ask a loved one for a ride before and after your cosmetic surgery for the sake of safety.

Most importantly, you need to take care of your health and your body before the procedure. Dr. Daneshmand may instruct you to do the following before your calf implantation.

  • Stop smoking tobacco or other substances,
  • Stop taking Aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medications
  • Only take medications and supplements approved by your doctor
  • Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the day of your surgery
  • Stop consuming caffeine or alcohol
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How Does Calf Implant Surgery Work?

A qualified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Daneshmand, can complete a calf implant surgery in about an hour as an outpatient procedure. In other words, this surgery is quick and you can go home the same day. Before the cosmetic procedure, Dr. Daneshmand will give you general anesthesia either intravenously or through a mask in order to put you to sleep. Then he will make an incision behind each knee and insert a silicone implant over each calf muscle (AKA: the gastrocnemius muscle). Lastly, he’ll stitch up the skin in each lower leg and allow you to wake up from anesthesia before sending you home to recover.

Calf Augmentation Surgery Recovery

You’ll likely experience pain, swelling, and bruising for two weeks after your procedure, so it’s best to take some time off work. After those two weeks, you should be able to get back to your normal activities. Dr. Daneshmand gives his patients specific recovery instructions for all surgical procedures. But for calf augmentation, you’ll likely have to wear compression stockings on your lower legs and keep your legs elevated in order to reduce swelling. You can begin walking on day two of your recovery. While it’s recommended to move around a little bit every day, you should certainly avoid strenuous exercise (such as weight lifting or running) while you’re healing. Dr. Daneshmand will likely give you pain medication during the healing process. Additionally, he’ll recommend that you drink lots of water and eat healthy meals in order to assist the body’s natural healing process. Don’t drink alcohol for at least three weeks after your calf augmentation in order to avoid complications during the healing process.

Calf Implant Surgery Risks and Side Effects

As with any plastic surgery, calf augmentation comes with its own set of risks. Minor side effects from the surgery itself include pain, swelling, bruising, and redness. Some patients experience negative side effects from general anesthesia, such as nausea and vomiting, once they wake up from surgery. While calf implant surgery is generally safe – especially with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Daneshmand – some patients can experience more severe side effects such as excess bleeding and infection. If you experience bleeding that doesn’t stop, pus leaking from your incisions, fever, or excess swelling, seek immediate medical attention. You also have to consider the general risks that come with silicone implants. They can rupture and even move to other parts of the body. Additionally, patients with breast implants and calf implants have to consider the risk of capsular contracture. This complication occurs when scar tissue forms around the silicone implants. Capsular contracture can cause discomfort and odd-looking calves. You will likely have to undergo revision surgery if you experience this complication.

How Much Are Calf Implants?

The average cost of a calf augmentation in 2020 was $3,845 according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Remember that this is just an average price tag. Your procedure may cost more or less, depending on your clinic and which part of the country you undergo cosmetic surgery. Additionally, it’s important to remember that insurance doesn’t cover most cosmetic procedures because they’re considered elective, non-medically necessary procedures. So you’ll likely have to pay for your calf implants out of pocket. 

How Long Do Calf Implants Last?

Just like any silicone implants, calf implants can last up to 10 or 15 years, as long as they don’t move or rupture in the body. It’s important to note that you’ll likely have to undergo another calf augmentation several years down the road because silicone implants can break down as you age.

Should I Get Fat Grafting or Calf Implants?

Autologous fat grafting is another surgical option that can make your lower legs look fuller. When you think of fat grafting, think of a BBL. During this procedure, your surgeon will basically take fat from another part of your body and inject it somewhere else to make it look bigger. In this case, you could take excess fat from your stomach, for example, and inject it into your calves for the desired outcome of more defined legs.  Fat grafting is less invasive and requires less anesthesia than calf augmentation. Because of those factors, you may have a shorter recovery time and fewer side effects.  In some cases, plastic surgeons will recommend calf augmentation along with fat grafting in order to meet the patient’s goals. If that’s something you’re interested in, make sure to discuss it with Dr. Daneshmand. He will tell you which procedure is best for you depending on your current body shape and your cosmetic goals.

Calf Augmentation Plastic Surgeon in California

At Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute, we’re proud to offer surgical procedures that can transform the entire body. Our Dr. Daneshmand is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been performing reconstructive surgery for more than 30 years. When you choose him for your calf augmentation procedure, you’ll know that you’re in good hands. Call 949-359-8397 today for a private consultation.