What are calf implants?
Calf implants are used to augment the size of the calves. For this we use anatomically shaped implants specially made for this area. They are made of soft cohesive silicone just like breast, and butt implants. The size depends on the need of the patient.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
If you are not comfortable with the size of your calves, and have tried everything to augment them (gym) with no luck, Calf implants can help.
What do I need to know about this procedure?
This is a 1-hour procedure under general anesthesia. A 2.5 cm incision is made in the back of the knee. A subfascial pocket over the muscle is made over the calf muscle and the implant is inserted. Incisions are closed with NO drain. Patients go home after the procedure and are able to walk with minimal difficulty.
Are there risks involved?
Every patient that goes into an operating room for surgery needs to be aware that risks do exist. However, complications in this specific procedure are extremely rare. Dr. Mejia will go over all the possible risks of this procedure with you during the initial consultation. It is very important that you are honest with Dr. Mejia about your medical history and habits for things to go as smooth as possible.
What is the aftercare like?
- The day after surgery, the patient is able walk and shower.
- A soft diet is recommended the first 48 hrs after surgery to avoid nausea.
- Walking is recommended the day after surgery.
- The patient can drive a car 7-10 days after surgery depending on how you´re feeling.
- Exercise can begin 1 month after surgery. However, any exercise that is specific for the calves should wait until 3 months post-op.
- No sun exposure until all bruising disappears (about 4 weeks). The calves can feel hard, ride high and/or be painful for the first 3-6 months. Final results can be seen after this time.
- Please notify Dr. Mejia if you feel any of the following: fever, redness of the skin, severe pain, one side MUCH bigger than the other, general malaise, shortness of breath, drainage from the wounds.
How much downtime is there?
Patients can usually go back to their regular activities 7 days after surgery.