Calf implants and fat transfer to calves: all you need to know
The calf implants procedure is one of the two methods of calf augmentation, which involves inserting special silicone implants into the calves to improve the appearance of lower legs. The other technique for calf augmentation is fat transfer (fat grafting).
Calf implants and calf augmentation with fat injection are sought by two groups of people: those with shrunken lower legs due to an injury or disease, and people with naturally thin and underdeveloped calves who can’t get robust calves with diet and exercise.
Calf augmentation and calf implants in Iran: why is it a wise choice?
The medical tourism industry has come a long way in Iran over the past years. With the rich man resources consisting of highly-skilled medical doctors specializing in cosmetic surgery coupled with low costs of services, Iran has become a favorite destination for cosmetic procedures, including calf implants and augmentation candidates from all around the world.
Calf augmentation with implants and fat transfer are offered at modern hospitals and beauty clinics in Iran at the most decent prices. Iranian plastic surgeons performing calf implants procedure are highly skilled and experienced, performing thousands of procedures a year.
Calf augmentation with fat transfer and calf implants cost in Iran
The cost of a calf implant surgery in Iran is very affordable compared to other countries. An average calf implants procedure costs $1200 and a typical calf augmentation with fat transfer costs $1500 in Iran. The low cost of calf augmentation in Iran does not mean that the quality and safety of this surgery in Iran is not high, quite the contrary. Pricing is determined by various factors, including economic ones, such as the devaluation of the Iranian currency against foreign currencies.
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If you still don’t know much about calf augmentation surgery, keep reading to learn more.
Why calf augmentation?
Too slender calves is not appealing to many people, especially when they’re out of proportion with the rest of the body. Many people try to improve the fullness of their calves through vigorous exercise, but oftentimes they fail to achieve their desired result this way.
Lowe legs muscles are difficult to sculpt through exercising.
With the advances in plastic and cosmetic surgery, calf enhancement procedures have been around for some time now and people are becoming more and more interested in them. Calf implants have gained widespread popularity, especially among American and Latin American youth.
The main goal of calf augmentation is improving the tone and contour of the lower legs, making them look stronger and more muscular. A calf augmentation procedure can also help in creating symmetry between the two calves in those with one calf smaller because of a sustained injury or muscle atrophy.
After a calf implants procedure of calf augmentation with fat grafting, people will have enhanced self-confidence, especially when wearing shorts or swimsuits. Furthermore, people having calf augmentation with fat transfer will get the excess fat on other parts of the body removed, and thus will get other parts of their body aesthetically enhanced at the same time.
There are two main surgical calf enhancement options: calf implants and fat injection. Both of these procedures are safe and widely performed.
How is calf implants procedure performed?
The calf implants procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in a clinic or hospital. It is done under local or general anesthesia and typically takes 1.5-2 hours to complete, excluding the preparation time and recovery from anesthesia.
After putting the patient to sleep using anesthesia or intravenous sedation, the surgeon makes a horizontal incision (5 cm in length) in the back of your leg (knee pit) and carefully creates a pocket (space) in the calf.
There are two techniques for implant placement: submuscular and subfascial. In the submuscular technique, the pocket is created underneath the muscles of the calf, while in the subfascial calf implant procedure, the pocket is created over the muscle and under the fibrous sheet of tissue called fascia that covers the muscle.
The surgeon then places the implant into the pocket and delicately adjusts the position of the implant to make sure that it looks natural and symmetric. If you want to have a more natural muscular calf, a second smaller implant can be placed next to the main implant. Women usually prefer to get only one implant in their calves. On the other hand, some bodybuilders who want robust and muscular calves opt for two implants in each leg.
After implant placement, the incision is closed and sutured with dissolvable stitches, and tapes and bandages are applied. Your surgeon may recommend that you wear compression stockings for a few weeks. These garments help reduce swelling and support the new contours of the lower legs as they heal.
Some women seek calf augmentation to get more toned calves.
How is calf augmentation with fat transfer performed?
Just like any other autologous fat grafting procedure, calf augmentation with fat transfer involves extracting fat from other parts of the patient’s own body and injecting it into the target site (calves).
Under local or general anesthesia, a liposuction procedure is carried out to harvest fat from areas where there are excess fat deposits (donor site). After purifying the extracted fat using a centrifuge, it is injected using a cannula into the calves.
The duration of a fat grafting procedure for calf augmentation varies depending on how many donor sites are involved in the procedure and how much fat you need to get into your calves.
Who is a good candidate for calf augmentation surgery?
People with good overall health can be candidates for calf augmentation. For those who want to have calf augmentation with fat transfer, sufficient fat store is a requirement. Be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your desires. The doctor will do a physical examination, review your medical history, and discuss your personal goals to find out whether a calf augmentation with implants or fat grafting is suitable for you.
Calf implant surgery recovery and post-operative care
You will be expected to be able to resume normal activities and return to work in one week, but intense physical activities should be refrain from for 5-6 weeks after surgery.
For the first two weeks, you are recommended to keep the bandages and compression garments prescribed by your doctor. Swelling and bruising will subside gradually and will completely go away within a few weeks. For calf implant patients, walking slowly after a few days will help the legs get used to the implants.
Keep your body well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water during the recovery period. Also, avoid alcohol and smoking for at least three weeks after surgery.
What are common side effects and risks of calf implants?
Calf augmentation with implants or fat transfer is a relatively safe procedure. However, there are potential risks and complications that you should be informed about prior to your decision to go under the knife.
These potential complications are bruising, swelling, loss of sensation, scarring, noticeable implant edges, implant shifting, asymmetry, capsular contracture, infection, nerve and vessel injury, bleeding, and anesthesia-related side effects.
Most of these complications are rare and can be prevented by following your doctor’s instructions. The complication rate for calf augmentation surgery is estimated to be less than 1%, according to the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.