Calf Implants

Calf implants are generally the preference of those that require more defined calf muscle and also those that suffer as a result of Spina bifida and polio. Women often suggest that they require a more attractive, slender structure whilst male patients demand a more muscular look.

To give an indication of the normal procedure, incisions are initially placed at the back of the knee, providing for a subtle and discreet scarring area. The implant is then added, following the loosening of the fascia which is aimed at preventing excess pressure. The stitches may or may not be dissolvable. The surgery should generally take no longer than two hours to complete this operation, whilst an over night stay in a hospital may be necessary in some cases. In some patients only one leg requires augmentation, most need bilateral procedures.


Before undergoing calf implant surgery consideration and preparation are vital elements. Those who are considering the procedure should clearly outline their targets, and openly discuss this with their consultant. Those who are considering the procedure should be aware of the risks and complications that can arise, as well as the practical changes that are needed prior to surgery. Patients are required to stop taking medication which alters blood viscosity; including aspirin. It is highly recommended that patients avoid smoking, to speed up the recovery process.

After The Operation

Following the operation swelling should only be to a moderate level, it may be difficult to walk for a period of time and patients should avoid walking any distance. Patients are advised to contact their consultant should swelling become excessive.

Recovering from Calf Implants

  • Patients should avoid smoking as well as any exposure to passive smoking prior to and after the procedure.
  • Consumption should be reserved to liquids until twenty four hours after the operation.
  • Patients should avoid walking for a period following surgery. This avoids the implants becoming displaced or problems arising from movement.

For the large majority of adults who obtain calf implants the results will be a success with no undue consequences. Despite this, the capacity for risks and complications remain, as is the case for almost all surgical procedures.

Risks and complications

  • An anaesthetic reaction is a possible side-affect as a result of calf implants
  • A lack of asymmetry and related reactions
  • Greater than expected pain can be a possible complication of calf implants.
  • Haematoma can occur from bleeding
  • There can be numbness of the calf and outside of the foot
  • DVT is a potential risk

By nature, all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complication during our calf implant procedures, before embarking on any medical procedure, it is advisable to consult fully with the McLean Academy so that our qualified staff can suitably discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose.


Body-Jet is an innovative technique, which can be used for re-sculpturing without the potential complications of more traditional methods of liposuction.

Read More

One Stitch Facelift

The One Stitch Face Lift is a relatively new advanced procedure, designed to make the skin smooth and taut, without the need for complex and invasive surgery.

Read More

Most Common Mistakes

When Considering Plastic Surgery

pdf Download

Contact Information

The McLean Academy

Neil R. McLean ( MD FRCS )

Telephone: 0191 284 3719


Newsletter Signup