Important Safety Information
What are the risks of calf augmentation surgery?
As with any surgery, calf augmentations do pose some risks. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, risks include:
- Allergic reactions
- Anesthesia complications
- Changes in skin sensation
- Fluid accumulation (seroma)
- Imperfect or asymmetrical results
- Implant slippage
- Nerve or muscle damage
- Poor scarring
- Possibility of revision surgery
What to expect
You and your surgeon will discuss your calf augmentation procedure and how it will be performed. Your legs will be measured to help determine the implant size that’s best for you.
If you have small calves that are disproportionate to your body, a calf augmentation can enhance or restore the shape of your lower legs. Using a silicone implant placed in the inner or outer calf, the procedure increases calf prominence and enhances the contour of your leg.
To perform a calf augmentation surgery, an incision is made in the back of the knee. After creating a small pocket, the implant is inserted, and the incision is closed. Your doctor will help you understand your implant options and recommend the size and placement to best achieve the cosmetic result you desire.
On the day of the procedure, you’ll be given IV sedation or general anesthesia. After making an incision in the back of the knee, your surgeon will create a small pocket either under or over the muscle. The implant is then placed in the pocket, and then the incision is closed with sutures.
Recovery after calf augmentation surgery
After the procedure, your legs may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a support garment to help minimize swelling and support your calves as they heal. You’ll typically return home on the day of surgery with instructions from your doctor, and you may be prescribed medication for pain and to prevent infection.
You’ll likely experience some bruising and swelling, which will subside after a few days. Keeping legs elevated as much as possible will help alleviate swelling. You’ll be able to walk stiffly the first week and then more normally during the second and third week after surgery. Your doctor will advise you about when to return to normal activities and exercise, typically around six weeks.