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Calf Implant

Procedure:

Improves the size and appearance of the calf area of the leg by inserting a silicone implant producing a cosmetic enhancement.

Length:

Approximately one and a half hours.

Anesthesia:

General anesthesia, epidural blockage, or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia are used.

Inpatient/Outpatient:

This is an outpatient procedure.

Possible Side Effects:

Mild to moderate temporary discomfort and swelling, mild bruising.

Risks:

The implant may need to be removed and/or replaced to treat problems including: implant rupture, formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contraction), which may cause the calf to feel tight or hard, bleeding, infection and implant misplacement.

Recovery:

The patient must wear a compression bandage for 2 weeks after the surgery and do no exercise for several weeks. Bruising and swelling should be gone after several weeks.

Results:

The outcomes vary from patient to patient; however, the overall effect is the enhancement of the calf size for an improved appearance.