Calf Implants

Also known as calf augmentation and calf enlargement

Calf augmentation with implants is a procedure to increase the size and improve the shape of the calf. Patients seek calf implants to tone and define the lower leg if it cannot be achieved with exercise alone, or to correct a muscle imbalance resulting from physical or birth defects.

When to Consider Calf Implants

  • If you seek to emphasize the bulk of the calf muscle (usually men)
  • If you desire a lower leg more anatomically proportionate to your thigh (usually women)
  • If you are a bodybuilder and you’ve reached the plateau of calf development with exercise, but you’re not satisfied with the definition of your lower leg
  • If you wish to correct lower leg defects resulting from injury; disease, such as polio; or from birth conditions, such as clubfoot or spina bifida

Pros

  • Enhances and reshapes the calf as desired, generally in a single procedure
  • Fast and easy to perform, provided the proper steps are followed
  • Adds both mass and definition in the bodybuilder seeking further muscle development

Cons

  • Patients experience swelling and discomfort of the lower leg in the immediate postoperative period, with slight bruising around the incisions
  • Recovery to full physical activity generally takes 4 to 6 weeks
  • Final result can take a few months after surgery to appreciate

Am I a good candidate for calf implants?

Following are some common reasons why you may want to consider calf implants:

  • You would like to emphasize the bulk of the calf muscle (usually men)
  • You desire a lower leg more anatomically proportionate to your thigh (usually women)
  • You are a bodybuilder and you’ve reached the plateau of calf development with exercise, but you’re not satisfied with the definition of your lower leg
  • You wish to correct lower leg defects resulting from injury; disease, such as polio; or from congenital conditions, such as club foot or spina bifida