Many patients are unable to improve the definition of the lower legs through exercise alone. Calf augmentation using fat transfer is designed to make the lower legs appear more shapely and defined. The process is similar to fat transfer procedures used to rejuvenate the face (facial fat grafting) or enhance the shape of the buttocks (buttock augmentation).
What Is Calf Augmentation?
Dr. James E. Vogel performs calf augmentation with fat transfer, sometimes also called fat injections. During this process, excess 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. Calf augmentation can help patients achieve prominent yet natural-looking calves with long-lasting results.
Dr. Vogel Discusses His Expertise in Calf Augmentation
One of the few plastic surgeons to perform calf augmentation with fat, Dr. Vogel has published the largest series of these cases in plastic surgery literature. You can read an article here for more information about Dr. Vogel’s unique perspective on calf augmentation. Dr. Vogel was asked by the journal editor to introduce the article in video format to his plastic surgery colleagues, and you can watch the video below:
What Are the Benefits of Calf Augmentation?
The primary benefit of calf augmentation is improved tone and definition of the lower legs. The appearance of the calf muscle is augmented with the patient’s own fat for an enhanced shape and more pronounced contours. Calf augmentation can also improve the symmetry between the legs and the proportion of the calves in relation to the rest of the body. In addition, the contours of the donor site, such as the abdomen, thighs, or knees, can be enhanced. Patients typically experience a greater feeling of confidence, particularly in clothes such as shorts and swimsuits.
Am I a Good Candidate for Calf Augmentation?
Candidates for calf augmentation with fat transfer should be in good overall health and desire to further enhance the appearance of their lower legs. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During the consultation process, Dr. Vogel will perform a physical examination, review your medical history, discuss your personal goals, and help you decide if calf augmentation with fat transfer can meet your needs.
The Calf Augmentation Procedure
The first step of the calf augmentation procedure is to remove excess fat from a donor site using a liposuction technique. With a very small cannula and a surgical syringe, this fat can be extracted with the utmost precision. Once removed, the fat is then cleansed and purified before being reintroduced to the body at the calves. Local anesthesia is typically used to maximize patient comfort during the procedure. The length of the calf augmentation with fat transfer procedure will vary depending upon your customized surgical plan.
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 6 weeks after the surgery. The results of calf augmentation with fat transfer are visible immediately after the procedure, and they typically continue to improve as any residual swelling subsides. Some patients may require more than one treatment to achieve their desired results.
How Much Does Calf Augmentation Cost?
The price of calf augmentation with fat transfer will vary from patient to patient depending upon their unique treatment plan. Variables that can affect the cost of calf augmentation include the volume of fat transferred, the complexity of the surgical plan, and the number of treatments needed to achieve your desired result. At the conclusion of your preliminary consultation, Dr. Vogel can provide you with a personalized quote for your custom-designed calf augmentation procedure. We also offer plastic surgery financing options for patients who might benefit from low monthly payments with little or no interest.
If you would like to learn more about calf augmentation or other fat injection procedures such as butt augmentation, please contact Dr. James E. Vogel.View More Before & After Photos