Calf implants help to increase the size of underdeveloped calf muscles (matchstick legs). The calf muscles are very difficult to develop, even through intensive exercise. Using a silicone calf implant is therefore the most effective solution.
Calf muscles which are too thin, commonly known as "matchstick legs", are those whose muscles are constitutionally underdeveloped. Then there is an imbalance between the quite shapely thighs and the legs, which are too thin.
Three muscles sculpt the calf muscles and give them shape :
- The gastrocnemius muscles: These are two superficial muscles, located on the inside and the outside of the calf, whose role is to extend the feet and which are slightly involved in bending the knee.
- The soleus muscle: This is a deep muscle, which is partially covered in its upper part by the gastrocnemius muscles and is mainly used to maintain the body's stability.
The calf muscles are very difficult to develop through playing sports. Therefore, the solution to restore well-tapered legs is to have implants.
For people who do not want to have surgery, it is also possible to have injections of highly volumising hyaluronic acid (Macrolane).
How the procedure works
The installation of calf implants is done under general anaesthetic, with one night in hospital and lasts between 45 minutes 1 hour 30 mins.
The implants consist of a smooth envelope filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel. They are very resistant and are designed to withstand the stresses that are exerted in that part of the body. There are implants in different shapes, oval or asymmetrical droplet-shaped, and lengths adapted to each patient's anatomy.
The patient has to lie down on their stomach during the operation. The surgeon makes a horizontal incision four to six centimetres long hidden in the flexion crease of the knee. The scars are therefore very discreet and virtually invisible.
The practitioner places the calf implant in a space under the muscles. He can put one to two implants in each calf muscle depending on the patient's anatomy and the desired volume. He then does the stitches with absorbable sutures and places a modeling bandage on each leg.
After the procedure
The pain is not significant and is managed well by painkillers. It gradually fades during the first week. A small amount of discomfort persists over the following weeks.
The bruising gradually disappears within a week, but the swelling in the calves and ankles can persist for one to three weeks.
The patient wears compression stockings day and night for one month to keep the calf implants in place. The patient takes anticoagulants to help the blood circulation and reduce the risk of phlebitis for two weeks after increasing the size of the calf muscles.
The patient can resume daily activities after one week, return to work after one to two weeks and play sports again after two to three months. It is not advisable to drive during the first ten days.
The results are visible immediately but become final after two to three months when the oedema is completely reabsorbed.
The calf implant is placed in such a way that the increase in volume can be seen from the front and the side. As the silicone gel has a consistency very similar to that of the tissue, the presence of the implant is hardly noticeable to the touch and the fuselage of the calf muscles seems very natural. The implants can be worn life or removed if the patient asks.
Calf implant prices
|Intervention||Anaesthetic||Stay||Prices including VAT*|
|Calf implant||General||1 night||From €4,000|
|Other fees||Prices including VAT*|
|Consultation with the surgeon||€50|
|Consultation with the anaesthetist||€100|
* 20% VAT