Calf implant

The calf implant reshapes the contour of the lower leg.

The calf implant makes it possible to increase a calf that is too thin (rooster calf). The calf is very difficult to muscle even in case of intensive sport. In such cases, a silicone calf prosthesis is the most effective solution.

The indications: Rooster calves

Calves that are too thin, commonly called “rooster calves”, are those with constitutionally underdeveloped muscles. There is then an imbalance between a rather shapely thigh and a leg that is too thin.

Three muscles curve the calf and give it relief:

  • The twins: These are two superficial muscles, located inside and outside the calf, which have a role of extensor of the foot and intervene slightly in the role of bending of the knee.
  • The soleus: This is a deep muscle, partially covered in its upper part by the twins, which is mainly used to maintain the stability of the body.

The calf muscles are very difficult to develop through sport. The solution to regain a streamlined leg is therefore to place implants. For people who do not wish to have surgery, it is also possible to make injections of very volumizing hyaluronic acid, Hyacorp™.

Implant de mollet | Calf implant

The process of the intervention

The calf implant placement is done under general anaesthesia with one night of hospitalization and lasts between 45 minutes and 1h30.

The prostheses consist of a smooth envelope filled with a very cohesive silicone gel. Very resistant, they are designed to withstand the tensions that are exerted in this part of the body. There are calf implants of different shapes, oval or asymmetrical in drop, and lengths to suit the anatomy of each patient.

During the operation, the patient lies on his or her stomach. The surgeon makes a horizontal incision of four to six centimetres hidden in the bend of the knee. The scars are therefore very discreet and almost invisible.

The practitioner places the calf implant in a recess under the muscles. He can place one or two prostheses per calf depending on the patient’s anatomy and the desired volume. He then sutures them with absorbable sutures and places a shaping dressing on each leg.

After the intervention

The pain is mild and well managed with analgesics. It gradually subsides during the first week. Simple discomfort remains for the following weeks.

The bruises gradually disappear in a week but the swelling in the calves and ankles may persist for one to three weeks.

The patient wears support stockings day and night for a month to keep the calf prostheses in place. He or she takes anticoagulants to promote blood circulation and minimize the risk of phlebitis for two weeks after the calf augmentation.

The patient resumes daily activities after one week, work is done between one and two weeks and sports after two to three months. It is not recommended to drive for the first ten days.

The results

The result is visible immediately but becomes permanent after two to three months when the swelling has completely resolved.

The calf implant is placed in such a way that the increase in volume can be seen from the front and from the side. As the silicone gel has a consistency very close to that of the tissue, the presence of the prosthesis is hardly noticeable to the touch and the calf fuselage appears very natural. The implants can be worn for life or removed when the patient requests it.

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