Calf raises aims to enhance the silhouette of our legs by an increase in the volume in the area of our calf. This type of surgery is especially indicated in people with lack of development of this musculature because of a neurological disease (poliomielitis) or due to lack of development of the calves despite physical exercise.

The conformation of the calf depends on the type of tread, sport carried out, of genetic factors… having a more elongated or rounded form in the upper third. Also the genetic factors will determine if these are formed mainly by tendon (lower portion) or muscle (upper portion).

Therefore, to achieve a Calf raises aims will have to opt for the placement of implants or prostheses in the calves.

What does the treatment consist of?

Implants that are used in the calf raise are very different to those used in breast augmentation or gluteus augmentation, both in its form and in its content.These implants are more hard but not rigid (their silicone gel is more cohesive) and with elongated shaped.

Surgery and Anesthesia

This procedure is performed with local anesthesia and sedation or epidural anesthesia.

The intervention is initiated by an incision at the rear of the knee, exactly at the level of the popliteal crease (behind the knee) so that later it passes unnoticed. Once the incision is realized, we will address to the superficial fascia to perform a subfascial pocket, never subcutaneous. So we will realize in the subfascial position a precise pocket in the area that we have to increase to prevent displacement of the implant.

Kinds of implants

There are two types of prosthesis of calves::

  • SYMMETRICAL prosthesis . These types of prosthesis have a fusiform or oval shape and its greater volume in the third half. They are especially indicated if the patient requires a discreet increase.
  • Prosthetic ANATOMICAL or BIDIMENSIONALS. This type of implant simulates the shape of a well developed calf. With this type of prosthesis we can achieve a more muscular appearance of its calf so are most frequently implanted in men than in women.
Before and after Gallery of images of real cases | Dr Guilarte | Clínica de cirugía plástica, estética y reconstructiva en Madrid
Duration of the procedure:
1 hour
8 hours
Discreet discomfort which are controlled with medication
You must wait:
Swelling up to 2 weeks; possible bruises 2 weeks on sides; temporary numbness
Final result:
Second month
Duration of result:
Years. The implants are permanent

After surgery

After your operation, you can go home a few hours after surgery.

Something fundamental is that you should take a rest the first two days after your operation and you have to put the legs up high as much time as possible to avoid an excessive inflammation. Something that is highly recommended is the application of local cold in the intervened area.

Afterwards you can restart your work with normality although you should avoid walking too much and wear stockings of compression as well as a kneepad for the first 2 weeks.