Calf augmentation

Calf augmentation – Cannes & Nice | Dr.Victor Médard de Chardon

INTRODUCTION

What are the techniques that enable the size of the calves to be increased when the contour is insufficient?

There are several aesthetic surgery techniques for calf augmentations: calf implants (prostheses), an injection of fat (lipostructure) and calf augmentation using a Macrolane injection.

What are the causes of insufficient calf volume?

The origin is usually constitutional (insufficient development of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in the calves). Even with muscle strengthening through regular and intense physical exercise, the calf muscles can remain under-developed. The cause is sometimes secondary to an illness or a neurological or muscular trauma (for example poliomyelitis sequelae)

CALF SURGERY TECHNIQUES

There are several calf surgery techniques

AUGMENTATION WITH CALF IMPLANTS

This calf surgery consists of inserting calf implants. The implants are made of cohesive silicon gel.

The scar from calf augmentation surgery with implants is positioned at the posterior surface of the knee (popliteal fossa) and measures 3 to 4 cm.

Duration of calf surgery using implants: 60 minutes

Post-operative effects of calf augmentation with calf implants:

  • Moderate pain: 7 to 14 days/li>
  • The result of the calf augmentation surgery is immediately visible but slightly over-corrected due to the oedema
  • Final result of the shape and volume of the calves: 3 months
  • No stitches to be removed
  • Calf compression clothing worn for: 4 weeks
  • Wearing of compression stockings: 14 days
  • Return to work: 14 days
  • Return to sporting activities: 8 weeks

CALF AUGMENTATION WITH LIPOSTRUCTURE

The calf augmentation is performed using an autologous injection of fat, harvested using liposuction during the same surgical procedure. This concerns a graft of fat cells, the uptake of which is 50 to 70%. A second session, 6 months later, may be necessary to obtain the desired result.

Duration of calf surgery with an injection of fat: 2 hours

Post-operative effects of calf augmentation with injection of fat:

  • Mild pain at the liposuction sites (7 to 14 days) No pain in the calves.
  • Result of the calf augmentation is immediately visible but over-corrected because uptake of the fat grafting is partial and takes places over 3 to 6 months.
  • Final result of the shape and volume of the calves: 6 months
  • No stitches to be removed
  • Calf compression clothing worn for: 4 weeks
  • Wearing of compression stockings: 14 days
  • Return to work: 3 to 14 days
  • Return to sporting activities following calf surgery: 4 weeks

Further information on lipostructure: Injection of fat

CALF AUGMENTATION WITH MACROLANE INJECTION

The calf augmentation is performed using a Macrolane injection (a highly reticulated form of hyaluronic acid). Macrolane is a resorbable filler product, the injections for which must be repeated once a year on average to maintain the result of the calf augmentation.

Duration of calf surgery with Macrolane injection: 30 minutes

Post-operative effects of a calf augmentation using Marcolane injections:

  • Very little or no pain in the calves
  • Result of the increase in the volume of the calves is immediately visible
  • No stitches to be removed
  • Calf compression clothing worn for: 4 weeks
  • Return to work: from the following day, if not after several days of rest
  • Return to sporting activities: 4 weeks
  • The resorption of the volume gradually occurs over 12 to 18 months. A further injection, of a lower quantity than the initial volume, is necessary once per year for maintaining the result of the calf augmentation.

Advantages of injecting the calves with Macrolane in comparison to lipostructure:

  • A calf augmentation using Macrolane injections is always possible, including on very slim patients who do not have a sufficient quantity of fat to perform a calf augmentation using an injection of fat (lipofilling or lipostructure).
  • The cost of Macrolane is now accessible

Drawbacks of injecting the calves with Macrolane in comparison to lipostructure:

  • Macrolane is resorbable unlike lipofilling (injection of fat).

Further information on Macrolane injections for the calves: Macrolane injection

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Before-after photo of calf implants

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PRACTICALITIES

Consultations at the aesthetic surgeon's office in rue d'Antibes, Cannes

  • Aim: to increase the volume of the calves
  • Operation at the clinic in Cannes or Nice
  • Hospitalisation: outpatient or one night
  • Anaesthesia: general or local with sedation
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time off work: 15 days
  • Wearing of compression stockings: 15 days
  • No stitches to remove

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