Calf Implants (Calf Augmentation)
A surgical procedure to increase the size and shape of the calf.
• Who Are The Best Candidates?
Are The Best Candidates?
A critical element in determining the right size
and shape is based on the skill of the surgeon who can assess the proportions
correctly, and properly sculpt and place the implant, thereby anticipating
any changes after the surgery.
the Procedure and Recovery Time:
These implants which may be one to each leg or two depending on the desired effect are placed through small incisions in the creases behind the knee. A person may desire to have only the inner head of the muscle enlarged, the outer head, or both. The result is that the existing musculature is made to appear larger and more defined.
The legs are measured at a pre-operative office visit and the appropriately sized implants are ordered and prepared sterile. On the day of surgery the patient is placed under general anesthesia and turned onto the stomach on the operating room table. An incision is made in the fascia of the gastrocnemius muscle. The fascia is a fibrous covering of the muscle itself. A special instrument is used to create a pocket between this fascia and the underlying muscle. This pocket is made just big enough for the implant to fit into securely. During the dissection meticulous attention is made to control any bleeding which is usually very minimal. The implant is then gently inserted into the pocket and the same technique is used to insert the second implant into the same leg. The leg is examined for effect and if the result appears good then the incision in the fascia is closed with stitches. The person is returned to a face-up position and is taken to Recovery.
The Recovery period can be divided into short-term surgical recovery and long term cosmetic recovery. The surgical recovery is the first week or so following the procedure itself. During this time the person is instructed to walk around but when lying or sitting to have the legs elevated which reduces swelling and, therefore, reduces discomfort. The first day or two the patient is in bed with legs elevated most of the time but is up to the bathroom with assistance and may even walk around short distances. After two days the dressings are removed and the person is encouraged to begin a more vigorous routine of walking around. This allows the muscles to start becoming accustomed to having the implants present and allows the skin of the legs to start stretching and feeling more comfortable. After the dressings are removed the person may take short daily showers. After the first week or so the person usually is beginning to feel more comfortable walking greater distances even if it is walking a little stiff-legged. A person usually is walking more normally after a couple to three weeks but is very variable. This generally begins the long-term recovery phase.
It is during the long-term recovery phase, which
begins a couple to three weeks after surgery that more normal walking
begins and the skin begins to stretch and loses its shiny appearance.
There may be some slight bruising around the incisions and this begins
to disappear. A special scar prevention/lessening medication is begun
about two to three weeks following surgery. No vigorous activities such
as weight lifting, bicycling, running, etc. One can usually progress
to those activities about a month or two following the surgery but is
dependent on any persistent discomfort or swelling and varies from person
to person. Without complications, a person is usually back to full,
unrestricted activities a month or two following surgery.
for Congenital and Physical Defects:
Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by viral infection. Highly contagious, it invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis. It largely affects children under five years old, often leaving partial or complete paralysis in the lower legs, and there is no cure. It can, however be prevented by vaccine, which will last for a lifetime. In 2002, there were only 1900 cases reported. Calf implants can help give patients with the condition more balance to the calf muscle area.
Spina Bifida is a neural tube (crest) defect (NTD) that affects the complete development of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord and protective tissue structures. It is a genetic birth defect and affects one tenth of one percent of all births occurring in the U.S. Because of the nature of the disease, quite often it affects mobility and can result in the use of crutches and braces. Calf implants can help patients where one calf muscle is thinner or smaller than the otherdue to nerve damageand can help with a more balanced leg appearance.
Clubfoot a birth defect, clubfoot affects the foot and ankle areas, where the heel and toes can be turned inward. Instances of clubfoot have been medically documented for decades, and approximately 66% of all instances occur in boys. Serial casting, a method whereby the bones of the affected areas are slowly stretched to their normal positions, puts the bones of the foot in normal alignment. Sometimes the condition can affect the development of the calf muscles, often leaving one muscle smaller than the other. Calf implants can aid in creating the natural anatomical balance one desires.
Questions to Ask Before Choosing your Surgeon:
To begin, it's EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to realize that very few surgeons perform calf implants. The fact is… it's a very, very unique procedure and few perform it on A REGULAR BASIS.
Some surgeons will say they perform calf implants. But, the key is to find someone fully qualified, that performs the procedure AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH. That means, the surgeon you choose, should average approximately one every week.
Why is this SO IMPORTANT?
Because calf augmentation is a unique operation that requires aesthetic skill… more so, than most people realize. Here's why
Again, you should realize that calf implants are solid, silicone prosthetic devices. So, they must usually be carved, or shaped, before insertion. So, having the expertise to properly shape the implant, a process where the surgeon artfully sculpts the solid silicone device with a scalpel before insertion, so it appears natural yet enhancing, for each individual body type is also critical.
There's nothing more eye-catching after surgery, than a poorly sculpted calf implant one that somehow seems oddly fit for the individual's body type.
Our surgeon's artistic abilities are evident in most everything they do. Their aesthetic style in sculpting the calf implants for each individual's leg size and type has been gained from years of expertise, only developed by having done so many procedures. They are specialists at performing calf implants on people with birth/genetic and physical defects such as Polio, Spina Bifida, and Clubfoot, helping them achieve completely natural appearances, in many cases, for their affliction.
HERE ARE A FEW CRITICAL QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR PROSPECTIVE SURGEON BEFORE YOU DECIDE ON HAVING CALF IMPLANTS:
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