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Many patients are unable to improve the definition of the lower legs through exercise alone. James E. Vogel, M.D. one of Baltimore’s top plastic surgeons specializes in calf augmentation with fat transfer to produce prominent and completely natural looking calves.
Dr. Vogel is one of the few plastic surgeons to perform calf augmentation with fat. He has published the largest series of these cases in the plastic surgery literature. This article is presented here for you to read. Enjoy!
Dr. Vogel was asked by the journal editor to introduce the article in video format to his plastic surgery colleagues. Watch the video below.
About Calf Augmentation
Calf augmentation is done to make the legs appear more shapely and defined. This can create a greater feeling of confidence, particularly in clothes, such as shorts and swimsuits. Calf augmentation can be done with implants or fat injection. With the fat transfer, fat is harvested from one site on the body (such as abdomen or thighs) and transferred to the calf muscle through a very small incision.
Recovery from Calf Augmentation
Immediately following the surgery the calves may feel stiff and sore. Some swelling and bruising is to be expected. Normal physical activities may be resumed a few days after the fat transfer surgery. Patients can resume full activity in 5 to 7 days after fat injections. However vigorous activities such as exercise should be delayed until about six weeks after the surgery.
Risks with Calf Augmentation
The risks of fat transfer/fat injection are few and minimal. Soreness and swelling are possible. The body can also reabsorb the fat injections, which is difficult to predict. With fat transfer, the average patient may need more than one treatment to get the desired result.