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Calf Implants

Calf implants can be used to add bulk and definition to calf muscles, dramatically improving the appearance of the lower legs. For those who feel their calf muscles would look more attractive and proportional with added mass and definition, calf implants may be the answer. Calf implants not only enhance the appearance of the legs, but can help improve the look of the entire body as well. Calf implants are best suited for lower leg sculpting and can be used to correct muscle imbalance as a result of physical defects. Calf implants create proportionality and improve the appearance of not only the legs but the entire body

The Calf Implant Procedure

Calf augmentation is a generally performed as an outpatient procedure that requires about an hour to complete. During the calf implant procedure, an incision is made in the natural crease behind the knee. The surgeon then creates a pocket large enough to place the calf implants. The calf implants can be placed on both the upper inside or outside of the leg. This area, consisting of muscle and fat, will form scar tissue that will help keep the implant in place. The incision is closed with sutures, and a bandage is applied to reduce swelling and discomfort. Although normal activities can be resumed a few days after surgery, vigorous physical activities should be delayed for about six months. Calf augmentation is often performed in conjunction with liposuction of the ankle and leg to create a thinner and more defined look.

Benefits And Risks Of Cosmetic Surgery And Plastic Surgery Implants

Benefits: - Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery Implants can be quite rewarding to the person who has peaked from his exercise routine and is unable to achieve further development in certain areas. For those whose genetics prevent the desired development, implants are frequently the only way to add the desired shape and contour. Surgery under these circumstances may produce not only a physical enhancement but an emotional improvement with the achievement of one's goals. Increased confidence in one's appearance and physique frequently leads to further improvements in other areas of life.

Risks: - As with all surgical procedures, risks or complications of surgery exist. Modern surgical techniques reduce these risks to a minimum but patients are urged to discuss with their physician the risks and complications of all surgical procedures contemplated. Included in the consultation should be an open, honest discussion of all previous surgeries, steroid use, other medications, and illnesses which the patient may have had, particularly chronic health conditions such as diabetes and HIV.

In order to reduce the incidence of complications, it is important that you select an experienced Plastic Surgeon that has a proven track record of success with minimal problems. The surgeons we have chosen to be a part of are committed to using the latest technology to ensure your safety.

Post Surgery And Recovery

The patient will be more comfortable if a long acting (usually about 10-12 hours) local anesthetic is left in each implant compartment. Compression stockings are placed and these will be worn for about 2-3 weeks. There are generally no bandages. When the patient is ready to leave the recovery room, they wear a shoe with a 1.5 to 2 inch heel (clogs). This will cause the calf muscles to relax and the discomfort will be less. Patients are advised to go home to bed for 24 hours. After that they can get up for eating or the bathroom but they still need to be off their feet for about a week with the legs elevated. This may stretch into 2-3 weeks if there is unusual swelling or bruising. Their post-surgery activities are restricted severely for about 6 weeks, especially gym activity.

Discomfort following the surgery can be quite variable. Women seem to have less pain than men, but that is across the board in all surgical procedures. Pain is to be expected, especially for the first 48 hours. The long acting local anesthetic helps with the immediate post-surgical pain. Keeping the legs elevated will reduce the swelling and therefore reduce pain. An antibiotic, something specifically for pain, something to reduce inflammation, possibly something for muscle spasms, and occasionally something for sleep will be prescribed by the doctor. Take medications exactly as prescribed and with no other drugs. In these days of exotic medications, interaction and cross-reaction of medications is not too uncommon.

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