Calf Implants

Calf augmentation surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure that helps patients achieve more shapely legs. Silicone calf implants can create a more defined or muscular appearance, correct the appearance of thin or bowed lower legs, and improve the overall look and proportions of the lower body. Both women and men seek this procedure to tone or enlarge their calf muscles when exercise alone is unable to produce their desired aesthetic.

Who Can Benefit from Calf Implants?

Calf implants can significantly improve the appearance of your lower legs if:

  • You are dissatisfied with or embarrassed by the size, shape or symmetry of your calves
  • You wish to enhance the volume or definition of your calf muscle
  • You wish to improve the balance between your upper and lower legs, or your upper and lower body
  • You wish to correct lower leg abnormalities resulting from disease, trauma or a birth condition
  • You are a bodybuilder, model or other industry professional whose calf development has plateaued


What Happens During Calf Augmentation with Implants?

Calf implants are silicone-based devices that come in a range of shapes and sizes. During the consultation period, you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and cosmetic goals. You may elect to have implants placed on one or both calves, and to have one or two implants placed on each calf. Your surgeon will evaluate your circumstances to recommend the right implants and surgical technique to achieve your desired outcome.

Calf implant surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. During the procedure, an incision is made in an inconspicuous location behind the knee and a pocket is created to hold the implant. The implant is then placed into the pocket and positioned, and the incisions are closed. The process will be repeated if necessary according to the personalized treatment plan established before your procedure. Be sure to arrange for a trusted caregiver to drive you home and offer assistance following surgery.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

Shortly following surgery, you can expect to experience some swelling, soreness and bruising in your lower legs. Keep your legs elevated as often as possible to reduce swelling. Any postoperative pain can be managed with medication. You will receive detailed instructions regarding restrictions on physical activity and how long it will be before you can return to your personal and professional routines. You may find that you walk stiffly in the first week or so after surgery. You are encouraged to perform low-stress leg activities and gradually walk greater distances until normal mobility returns. Full return to normal activities usually takes four to six weeks, depending on your comfort level.

What Results Can Calf Implants Achieve?

Results from calf augmentation can be natural-looking, long-lasting and transformative. Your results may include:

  • Improved size, shape and symmetry of the calves
  • Enhanced mass and definition for bodybuilders, models and other industry professionals
  • More pleasing proportions in the lower body
  • Correction of lower leg defects resulting from injury, disease or birth anomalies
  • Unobtrusive scarring hidden in the natural crease of the knee
  • Improved confidence and body image

Calf implants are designed for long-term use. However, revision surgery is a possibility in the future if the implants shift out of alignment or need to be replaced.

What Procedures Complement Calf Augmentation?

Calf implants enhance the lower half of the legs only. For some patients, combining calf augmentation with a second procedure to improve the appearance of the thighs, hips or buttocks may yield the best results. Thigh lift surgery or body contouring with liposuction can offer additional definition and aesthetic improvement to the lower body.

Are Calf Implants Right for Me?

Whether you’re seeking chiseled calves that refuse to form in the gym or wish to improve the appearance of calves that are uneven, atrophied or malformed due to disease or trauma, calf implants may be the best option to boost your body confidence. Candidates for calf implants should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations of how calf implants can improve their physique. Dr. Bazzi is a dual board-certified surgeon with the experience and aesthetic eye to produce natural-looking calf augmentation results. Call the Celestial Institute of Plastic Surgery at 734-844-5700 to schedule a consultation and find out whether calf implants could be an effective way to achieve your goals.