Subdermal Implants to Raise Calf Tattoo

Hi, I'm going to have a subdermal implant put in my calf area that will be used to raise and accent part of a tattoo I have in that area. I'm looking for a source to build the shape and what you recommend it be manufactured from. It is a tattoo and implant that are in honor of my two children who have Autism and are very tactile. Thanks! Brian

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Subdermal implants

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In the calf, an implant under the fascia will cause less problem and stay in place better.
There are several calf implant manufacturers:
Allied Biomedical/Implantech; Spectrum; AART Inc. 
Sientra also makes calf implants.

You want a soft solid silicone implant and a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to determine the size and shape of the implant and whether carving a standard block or ordering a custom implant is what you need.

Los Angeles Calf Implants

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Hello Brian,


At our practice we prefer Spectrum Designs Medical silicone implants.  I would not recommend a subdermal implant placement as there are several related risk including extrusion, and soft-tissue necrosis.



Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews


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i do not recommend getting subdermal calf implants as i believe there are higher risks for complications such as :

  1. extrusion
  2. visibility
  3. palpability
  4. skin necrosis (loss)
  5. and loss of sensation

among others.

i recommend silimed calf implants. they also have a custom kit.

i don't think the manufacturers  matter that much. the placement matters more.

if you want to have maximum visibility and palpability:

  • subdermal is the way to go but again i do not recommend it for the reasons listed above

Dr. Carlos Cordoba
Plastic & Esthetic Surgeon
4055 Ste-Catherine O. Suite 100
Montreal, QC. Canada H3Z 3J8

Carlos Cordoba, MD
Montreal Plastic Surgeon

Supplier of custom made solid silicone implants

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I’ve used custom made implants from Spectrum Designs Medical. They carry both solid silicone blocks that may be carved to a specific shape and custom made solid silicone implants that are created using a moulage kit. The blocks come in 3 types: soft, medium and firm.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

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