If someone’s legs are too thin or shapeless, it can be very difficult to reshape them even with exercise. In this situation, plastic surgery can help, whereby the desired shape is achieved by inserting an implant.
When is calfplasty warranted?
The shape of the calf depends largely on genetic characteristics, but muscle deformity can also occur due to an accident. This problem affects not only the leg but the overall appearance and can even cause a lack of self-confidence and self-esteem. A solution to this situation is the correction of the calf with plastic surgery.
What happens during the first consultation?
Our plastic surgeon will examine you during a personal consultation and, based on their references, show you what your expected best outcome will be if you decide to have surgery. The implants used are made in Germany and are covered by a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.
Preparing for surgery
As with all surgeries you will need to have a full examination before calfplasty, which includes laboratory tests and, if necessary, other tests (e.g., ECG and x-ray). In our private hospital, we perform all the necessary tests at the same time to save you time and make your preparations for calfplasty more convenient. You will then receive some lifestyle tips to help you prepare for surgery and to speed up your recovery. These include quitting smoking - at least temporarily - as nicotine slows the healing processes, consuming adequate amounts of fluids, vitamins and trace elements (vitamin C, selenium, zinc) and avoiding the use of aspirin, ginkgo biloba and other natural remedies, because these affect blood clotting.
What happens during surgery?
During calfplasty under anesthesia our surgeon makes the surgical incision in the knee flexion so that the scars will not be noticeable later, then inserts the implant through this 4 cm long incision. The calf implants used by us are made in Germany and can be anatomical or spindle shaped. Anatomical implants are usually recommended for men, spindle-shaped ones are generally recommended for women. After surgery a compression bandage is applied. Only absorbable sutures are used throughout, sparing you the inconvenience of later suture removal. The whole procedure takes 1 hour.
After calfplasty you will need to spend one night in our private hospital, where you can relax in pleasant and comfortable surroundings. The surgical site should not be exposed to water for one week. You will need to wear the compression bandage - which we provide for you - for four weeks. Avoid climbing stairs for the first week, and strenuous physical activity for two weeks, including long walks. You can then gradually resume your previous rhythm of life, and after three weeks light exercise is allowed. Neither the solarium, sunbathing, nor the sauna are advised for two months. Our plastic surgeon will call you back for a postoperative examination at specified intervals. The visible scars disappear within 2-3 weeks, the subcutaneous ones after about 18 months, and the final form develops in 6-8 months.
Although we try to screen for all risk factors during preoperative plastic surgery, unforeseen complications may occur. At the first consultation your plastic surgeon will inform you about these and how to avoid them.