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Calf Augmentation in North Carolina

Calf Implants

For many men and women, the appearance of thin calves, sometimes referred to as “chicken legs,” can be bothersome and may motivate the individual to consider calf augmentation. This procedure, performed at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center in Chapel Hill, can bring definition and a more appealing contour to the lower leg.

What Is Calf Augmentation?

Calf augmentation is an implant-based cosmetic procedure that enhances the shape of the lower leg. It also can be used for reconstructive purposes for those who have suffered trauma or possess a shrunken lower leg. Patients who undergo reconstructive calf augmentation may also require tissue expansion techniques.

Who Can Benefit from Calf Implants?

Many individuals may benefit from a calf augmentation procedure, as it has been used to correct:

  • A thin lower leg
  • Lack of proportion between the thigh and the calf
  • Shrunken leg caused by disease or injury

Calf augmentation may also help those who want more contour in their lower legs, and are not achieving it through exercise or weightlifting.

However, individuals with serious medical problems or those with unrealistic expectations may be advised against undergoing this procedure.

Your Calf Augmentation Procedure

Before the operation, your surgeon may place differently sized calf implants inside socks to simulate possible sizing of your implant. This will allow you and your plastic surgeon in NC to determine the appropriate size for your enhanced calf.

Before beginning the surgery, you will be placed under local or general anesthesia, and your lower leg will be shaved and an antibacterial solution will be applied to the site. In the crease behind your knee, your surgeon will make a small incision and create a pocket for the implant. Once the implant has been placed, the incision is closed with sutures and covered with gauze and tape, which will remain there for about a week.

Calf Augmentation Aftercare

After the surgery, you will not be able to walk immediately, and will be required to stay on bed rest with your legs elevated for about 12 hours. You should expect up to three weeks before resuming your normal routine and to wait eight weeks before fully resuming exercise. The incision dressings will be removed after a week, and you may need to wear compression garments for four to five weeks to aid in proper healing.

Possible complications may include skin loss, hematoma or seroma, changes in sensation, scarring, visible implant, and tightening of scar tissue.

Learn More About Calf Augmentation in Raleigh-Durham

Our surgeons are eager to share their knowledge of calf augmentation with you, and we encourage you to call them in Chapel Hill to schedule a consultation. Service areas include: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Cary, Greenville, Clayton, Fayetteville, Garner, Greensboro, Wilson, Apex, Hillsborough & Sanford.

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