This operation involves the placement of specially designed silicone gel prostheses in the calves of people who have relative underdevelopment of the calves. They add both mass and definition to the calves.

Any person who finds that no amount of exercise brings muscle development would represent an ideal candidate for calf augmentation. Men typically undergo calf augmentation to emphasise bulk. Women undergo this procedure for anatomical balance, so that the lower leg is more proportionate to the thighs. It is performed through a small incision behind the knee. A calf implant is inserted into the inner compartment directly on top of the gastrocnemius muscle. They come in different sizes to suit the patients' needs.

Calf augmentation can be performed for cosmetic reasons, but can also be done to correct congenital and physical defects such as:

  • Polio: A disease that can leave one partially or completely paralysed in the lower legs. Calf augmentation can help give more balance to the calf muscle area.
  • Spina Bifida: A rare genetic birth defect that affects the complete development of the nervous system and can affect one's mobility. Calf augmentation can help correct conditions where the calf muscle is smaller than one on the other leg because of nerve damage. This can bring about a more balanced leg appearance.
  • Clubfoot: A birth defect that results in the foot being twisted out of position, with the heel and toe being turned inward. In certain cases, the condition can affect how calf muscles develop and end up with one muscle smaller than the other. Calf augmentation can aid in creating the natural anatomical balance one desires.

Additional Information

  • Duration of operation: 2 hours
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
  • Hospital stay: 1 night

Recovery

  • Driving: 2 weeks
  • Back to work: 1-2 weeks
  • Exercise: 8 weeks

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