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If you have been unable to achieve defined calves through exercise alone, a calf augmentation with Dr. Fenner can enhance your lower legs – creating a shapely and more athletic aesthetic.

Are you a candidate?

You may want to consider calf implants if you have naturally thin or underdeveloped calves and are unable to sculpt them with exercise alone. Common reasons for undergoing this procedure include:

  • Your calves and thighs are unbalanced and out of proportion
  • You exercise regularly but your calf development has plateaued
  • You want to correct calf deformities due to an injury, disease or congenital condition
  • You want to achieve bulkier calf muscles

In addition, you should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations for what the procedure can accomplish.

An overview of calf implants

Dr. Fenner will walk you through planning your calf augmentation during your private consultation. Calf implants are composed of medical-grade silicone. They are very similar to breast implants, but firmer to the touch. Depending on your anatomy and needs, Dr. Fenner can custom-form your implants prior to placement to achieve the precise outcome you desire.

Your implants can be placed beneath the tissue covering your calf muscle (the fascia) or within the muscle. The most common placement location is beneath the fascia because the procedure is less invasive and associated with an easier recovery. When the implant is placed within the muscle, the recovery period is slightly longer and more uncomfortable. However, the results are extremely natural because the calf muscles cover the implant. During your private consultation, Dr. Fenner will review the benefits and drawbacks and help you determine which approach is in your best interest.

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The procedure: What to expect

Your calf augmentation will be performed as an outpatient procedure and under general anesthesia. The entire experience will take about one hour. To begin, Dr. Fenner will create an incision along the crease behind the knee.

Through that opening, he will form a small pocket in each leg to hold the implants in place. He will then insert the implants, close the incisions, and apply a bandage to minimize post-surgical swelling and discomfort.

The recovery

For the first two days after surgery, you will need assistance when walking. During this time, it’s important to keep your legs elevated to minimize swelling. Within two weeks, you should be able to walk normally and resume most of your daily routine. However, exercise and more strenuous activities will need to be avoided for several months.

The benefits

  • Add tone and definition to the lower legs
  • Sculpt a more athletic overall physique
  • Create more proportionate calves

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Calf implants can add shapely volume to naturally thin or underdeveloped lower legs. To discover what this procedure can do for you, please contact our Chicago office today and schedule a private consultation.

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