Male 26 years old looking to get bigger calves. Calf implants. Costs? (photos)
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Cost for calf augmentation with implants
Thank you Alexander.
Body implant is one of my specialties for the last 12 years or so, and as you may know, only a few plastic surgeons perform those procedures in North America. In Canada, a calf implant is made of solid yet soft silicone material (gummy-bear type i.e. not a gel hence no possibility of leakage). The implants are inserted via a single incision within the crease behind the knees, therefore, easily camouflaged once healed. The implant is placed under the fascia of the original calf (gastrocnemius) muscle, blunting all edges of the implant so it looks smooth and natural. Careful measurements would be required so we can choose the right implant(s) for you.
Most patients are very happy with one implant per calf. Body builders, those requiring/aspiring to a very strong muscular look and those patients with previous asymmetries or slight deformities (such as club feet, poliomyelitis, etc.) often get 2 implants per leg (so total 4 implants). Normally, the outer gastrocnemius is smaller than the inner one so I often order the largest implant for the inner side and the next one down in size for the outer one.
Cost varies between countries, surgeons, etc. Best to email the plastic surgeon's practice for details on their fees. Be sure to seek an experienced plastic surgeon.
Kind regards,Dr. Marc DuPere, Aesthetic and Body Contouring Plastic Surgeon
Calf implants for more masculine calves?
Thank you for asking about your calf implants.
- You are exactly right - if your calves do not enlarge much with exercise and thin calves run in your family, the best treatment is calf implants.
- Not many plastic surgeons do these implants -
- So go to the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and look for plastic surgeons near you.
- Call their offices to ask if they do these implants and have a consultation with the ones who do.
- You are likely to want four implants - one over each head of the gastrocnemius to get the masculine legs you have in mind.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Calf implants info
Other than favorable genetics combined with rigorous consistent exercise, there is no other way to augment or restore (in the cases of genetic or aquired disease/trauma) the calf muscles besides calf implants. Fat transfer will NOT work, period! Surgical prices vary by region, surgeon reputation, and surgical experience. However, very few plastic surgeons specialize in this operation so you may have to travel a long distance to one that does. The implants are made of soft semi-solid silicone rubber and placed surgically through a small (3/4 inch) incision in a natural crease behind the knee. When the implants are properly sized and placed under the muscle fascia, they should blend in and look natural. There are too many critical nerves and blood vessels under the muscle to risk this technique. All surgery comes with post-operative pain and recovery. For calf implants, the first two weeks after surgery is the most difficult time because walking is painful. Recovery usually progresses at a smooth steady pace from there. Glad to help.
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Permanent augmentation of thin lower legs below the knees can be reliably done with calf implants. The question is whether both inner and outer calf muscles need to be augmented (4 implants for both legs) or whether just the inner calfs (2 implants for both legs) would suffice. Usually a 4 calf implant approach works best for someone seeking circumferential calf augmentation.
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