Who Gets Calf Implants?
You are a good candidate for calf implants if your lower legs lack muscle, you wish to improve their shape and proportion, your calves are unbalanced and asymmetrical or you have congenital defects or medical conditions that affect the normal development of the calf and lower leg, such as Polio, Spina Bifida or Clubfoot disease. Calf muscles can also be a solution to improve the appearance of “bow legs”. Bodybuilders are also a large percentage of calf implant patients due to the calf muscles being one of the hardest muscles to develop. Dr Briggs says, “Bodybuilders will often request the biggest; this may not be the best, as each patient will have individual requirements. Symmetry and balance with the overall body is a very important factor when evaluating the patient. You may require one implant per calf or two depending on the requirements and the implant manufactured.”
Calf Implant Procedure
Dr Briggs tells us, “You need to be measured and sized appropriately prior to surgery. Not all manufactured calf implants fit everyone. In some cases, the calf implants may need to be custom made if the patient requires a unique size or design. If this is the case, a mould of the leg is usually taken prior to the implant being constructed. The measurements need to be specific and in proportion to the rest of your body to achieve optimum results.The calf implants are made of solid but soft silicone. They are soft but firm and once inserted they can feel like the legs of well-exercised and developed calf muscles.”
The calf implant surgery is performed under general anaesthesia that takes between one to two hours. Calf implants are placed on top of existing muscle through a small incision behind the knee.
You can expect moderate pain for the first couple of weeks. Thus, it is important that postoperative swelling be monitored and reduced by wearing compression stockings for up to four (4) weeks. Generally, to ensure that the calf implants are securely positioned, one can resume all normal activity after six weeks.
If you’d like more information on the calf implant procedure or would like to arrange a consultation with Dr Briggs, phone his clinic on (08) 9381 9300.