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Calf Implants in Melbourne

Calf Implant Surgery in Melbourne, VIC

Calf implants have been available for many years. They were designed initially for bodybuilders who were unable to achieve the desired bulk and definition proportionate to their bodies. For some bodybuilders, the calf muscles are one of the hardest muscle groups of the body to develop.

Calf implants are not just for cosmetic enhancement but are also used in the correction of injury or muscle deformities. Calf implants are used in the treatment of diseases such as Polio, Spina Bifida or a Clubfoot, where calf muscle wastage has occurred in either one or both legs.

Calf Implants Perth

Many women now are choosing to have calf implants to enhance and create more shapely lower legs. Calf implants can create definition in women whereas men usually have calf implants to create bulk.

The calf implants are made of solid but soft silicone. They are supple but firm and once inserted they can feel like the legs of a well-exercised and developed calf muscle.

You need to be measured and sized appropriately by Dr Briggs before surgery. Not all manufactured calf implants fit everyone. In some cases, the calf implants may need to be custom made if the patient requires a unique size or design. If this is the case, a CT scan be will be taken and the implant manufacturer will use computer-generated mapping to create an implant for the patient’s measurements. The measurements need to be specific and in proportion to the rest of your body to achieve optimum results.

Bodybuilders will often request the biggest; this may not be the best, as each patient will have individual requirements. Symmetry and balance with the overall body is a very important factor when evaluating the patient.

You may require one implant per calf or two depending on the requirements and the implant manufactured.

Your Calf Implant Consultation

During your consultation, your surgeon will ask you about your wishes and desires for the outcome of your surgery.

The ideal candidates for calf implants are those:

  • Who have underdeveloped calf muscles
  • Who want to improve the shape of their lower legs
  • Bodybuilders – where exercises have failed to develop calf muscles
  • Where contouring with liposuction is not an option
  • Affected by injury or diseases eg. Polio, Spina Bifida or Clubfoot
  • Wanting to correct “bow legs”
  • With asymmetry of the lower legs
  • Wants to increase the attractiveness of the calf contour.

Your Calf Implant Operation – What To Expect

The calf implant operation will be performed in a hospital and usually dictates an overnight stay. A general anaesthetic is normally the choice of anaesthetic.

If your surgery is for correction of a deformity or injury your private health may contribute to the costs of the procedure, especially in regards to hospital fees. 

Before the procedure, Dr Briggs will draw on your legs. This is to ensure final measurements and positioning of the implant/s.

A small incision is made at the back of the knee (in the posterior popliteal crease). The underlying tissue is raised off the existing muscle and the implants are placed on top of the existing calf muscle (Gastrocnemius muscle).

The procedure takes approximately one to two hours to perform.

When you wake from the surgery you will be in compression stockings. You will be laying semi-upright and your legs will be elevated higher than your body. This is very important to aid in reducing the post-operative swelling.

More To Consider

Remember that surgery is not an exact science. Your own body can change the course of healing. You may even require adjustment surgery. Never look at cosmetic as a complete risk-free venture. Research your options and become well informed. Dr Briggs will discuss the most commonly associated risks.

Remember that surgery is not an exact science. Your own body can change the course of healing. You may even require adjustment surgery. Never look at cosmetic as a complete risk-free venture. Research your options and become well informed. Dr Briggs will discuss the most commonly associated risks.

Complications that can occur include:

  • Infection – which may be treated with antibiotics. In the case of severe infection, the implant may need to be removed. Re-augmentation may not be possible for up to six months.
  • Implant displacement – this may occur if strenuous exertion is placed on the muscles too early.
  • Bleeding – in rare instances further surgery may be required to assist in the removal of a haematoma.
  • Dissatisfaction with the surgical result.
  • Muscle weakness – rare.
  • May need to be removed later in life if you develop a circulatory disease.

Benefits of the procedure:

  • Increased confidence
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improve and enhance lower leg shape
  • Increase bulk and projection
  • Restores proportion
  • Corrects calf muscle wasting deformities

About Dr Patrick Briggs FRCS (Plast) - Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne


Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.  With world-wide expertise Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.


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