Calf augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that has grown in popularity in the past few years. Patients in the Tampa area seek calf implants for a number of reasons. When most of us think of calf implants, we think of people who want large, sculpted calves to match the rest of their physique. Indeed, many people do seek calf implants for just this reason. But calf augmentation can also be used as a reconstructive surgery to help patients suffering from spina bifida, clubfoot, and polio.
The calf is comprised of two main muscles, the gastrocnemius and the soleus. These muscle “heads” form the main projection of the calves. Most people have one or the other that is more pronounced. If the heads sit high up on the calves, there will usually be good size visible from the front. Lower heads will usually make the calves appear more defined, especially when viewed from the side. No matter what your calves are like, calf implants can help you.
The Calf Implant Procedure
If you are tired of spending hours doing calf raises with minimal results, or you are suffering from a condition that has afflicted your lower legs, you should schedule a consultation to see what calf augmentation can do for you. Dr. Temmen can assess your situation and recommend the best course of treatment for you. In some cases, calf implants can even provide anatomical balance to people with lower leg afflictions.
During your consultation, your calves will be measured and your goals for the procedure will be assessed. The proper size implants can then be selected. Calf implants are inserted using small incisions behind the knees. Through these incisions, Dr. Temmen creates a pocket within the fascia of the gastrocnemius. This fascia is the protective lining that surrounds the muscle. She may use one implant per leg or two, depending on your desired goals. The implants can improve the size and definition of the inner head of the muscle, the outer head, or both. The implant is inserted into the pocket outside the muscle, ensuring that it will not move around or change position. Calf implants are made from silicone, the same material used in some breast and facial implants. Once she places the implants, the incisions are closed and your recovery can begin.
After Your Calf Implant Procedure
Although calf augmentation is usually performed under general anesthesia, many patients are able to return home the same day. You should make arrangements to have someone drive you home after your procedure. Swelling and discomfort are normal during this period. Dr. Temmen may prescribe pain medication to help ease you through this initial period. During the first couple of days, you will mostly be relegated to bed rest. You should keep your legs elevated when lying down to reduce swelling. Even though your legs will be tender, you will still be able to get up to use the restroom. You may also be encouraged to walk around a little during this period to promote circulation and accelerate the healing process.
The dressings will generally be removed on the second day after surgery. Once this happens, your walking routine should become a little more vigorous. Using your legs will help them become accustomed to the presence of the implants. The skin will be able to stretch and improve your overall comfort. Once the dressings come off, you can also begin taking daily showers again. By the end of the first week, you should be more comfortable walking around, although some stiffness will probably still be present. After two to three weeks, you should be able to walk completely normally. It is at this point that your long-term recovery will begin.
A special topical cream may be recommended to ease the appearance of scars from the incisions after the second or third week. It is at this point that your legs will also begin to lose their shiny appearance, and any bruising should disappear. Vigorous activity – including weight lifting, running, and cycling – should still be avoided during this period. It will usually take about four to six weeks before you can resume your full level f activity. This will depend on your individual recovery and Dr. Temmen’s recommendations. It is important to follow all of her instructions during your recovery process to ensure the best possible results from your calf augmentation.
Why Patients Choose Dr. Temmen for Their Calf Implant Procedure
Dr. Temmen is one of the premier plastic surgeons in Tampa. She is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a distinction held by only a handful of female plastic surgeons in the area. She is also an associate member of American College of Surgery, in addition to numerous state, local, and national plastic surgery organizations. Patients choose her for her meticulous attention to detail and dedication to patient care. She listens carefully to all of her patients, making sure each one gets the highest caliber of treatment available. Schedule a consultation with her today to achieve the strong, full calves you’ve always wanted.