FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) asked by our patients. If you have a question that is not listed, we invite you to contact us.
Body implants (Calf, Pectoral, Biceps, Triceps and Buttock implants) are used in surgical procedures to enhance, reshape, or better define the outward appearance of the musculature/definition of the body. Some implant procedures—such as buttock implants, cosmetic hip implants, breast and abdominal implants—see more usage in cosmetic/aesthetic circumstances . . . where individuals that may simply feel unattractive, or wish to enhance their body contours, resulting in a more aesthetic appearance. Other body implant procedures, including calf, pectoral, deltoid, bicep/tricep, are more often used for functional applications—congenital and injury repairs. In every case, body implants will provide the desired body contour symmetry specifically when muscular development was affected because of a genetic birth defect, serious injury, or when a more pleasing aesthetic look is desired.
Can body fat be used instead of an implant for calf, buttock, pectoral and bicep/tricep augmentation?
Not usually, unless it’s treated with stem cells and special surgical techniques are employed. And even then, this form of augmentation is very limited to thin diameter applications within the fascia of muscle fibers. Autologous (free fat harvested from another part of one’s body) fat is quite good for augmenting smaller areas, such as small clefts or depressions on the face, or even in cellulite smoothing, but not larger areas. Free Fat Transfer (FFT), is commonly used for lip enhancement, or smoothing wrinkles and cellulite depressions, but because it tends to be absorbed or washed from the area, it isn’t ideally suited for larger fills.
What is the approximate size increase for Bicep Implants? How long after surgery can I use my arms to eat and drive?
In the case of clubfoot, most cases are related to either idiopathic, or neuromuscular classifications. Most common are idiopathic cases and these can usually be corrected with stretching, banding and casting of the afflicted area over weeks of time. More severe, or less respondent to non-surgical methods are dealt with surgically and in these cases, a calf implant can help with normal appearance when lower leg musculature isn’t sufficient after surgical correction. Calf implants can help achieve the appearance of muscular balance.
It depends greatly on the specific procedure, but on average most patients are back to work within 7 to 14 days. If complications arise, additional time away from work may be required.