Calf Augmentation & Implants Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Hughes offers all forms of calf augmentation. The two most popular methods are augmentation by fat grafting and augmentation with semisolid implants. Dr. Hughes has been a natural bodybuilder for over 20 years, and he sees many patients, both male and female, who want to improve a lagging body part. Pectoral and calf augmentation are the two of the most popular augmentation procedures performed in patients.
Calf implants come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and volumes and can be altered to create almost any effect. The implants are composed of a cohesive silicone gel. The gel can be shaped on the operating room table to create the contours the patient has requested. In addition, the implants can be tailored to fit exactly the muscle dimensions.
The operation takes 1 to 2 hours to perform. Dr. Hughes can place these implants through incisions hidden behind the knee in the crease. Some patients opt for only augmentation of one portion of the calf or the other. Dr. Hughes can discuss with you what may be more appropriate during your consultation.
After the operation, the patient should typically avoid strenuous activity for about 6 weeks. There will be swelling that will make walking difficult for the first few weeks.
The second operation involves fat grafting and avoids the issue of having a foreign body placed. The fat can be harvested from virtually anywhere. The fat is placed through a 3 mm incision near the knee on each side. 300 cc per calf or more can be placed at one time. Although there is resorption of some of the fat, increases of 1 to 2 inches in circumference are common.
The recovery is easier than that for calf implants and there are no risks associated with an implant.