- Elective cosmetic procedure
- No Rebates from Medicare and Private health insurance
- Day procedure only
There are a number of reasons men choose to have a calf implant procedure, which may include a congenital defect (something you’re born with), asymmetry, or difficulty building muscle bulk in the calf.
What happens at the first consultation?
It may have taken you a long time to seek treatment for this condition. Dr Norris appreciates the courage needed for many men to visit a surgeon. You can be assured that you will be treated with the utmost sympathy and discretion. Dr Norris will evaluate your calves to determine whether you require a medical prosthesis or a less invasive procedure such as a fat transfer. Anyone in average physical condition and good health can be a candidate for calf implants surgery. Photographs will be taken for your medical records. This evaluation helps Dr Norris discuss with you the best way of correcting the problem and returning your calves to a more pleasing profile. Dr Norris will discuss in detail with you how the operation is performed, where the scars are placed, and what type of procedure will give you the result you desire. You will be encouraged to ask questions and voice any concerns you may have. There will be a frank discussion about the risks, complications and consequences of having the operation. At the end of this initial consultation you will have a very good idea of what will be possible for you. Dr Norris will arrange a quotation to be provided to you which will provide detailed options for your surgery.
If you decide to proceed with surgery, Dr Norris will see you again at a second consultation. This allows you to ask any new questions you may have, to discuss anything you are not sure about and give you a date for your procedure.
How is the operation performed?
Dr Norris performs calf augmentation surgery in fully accredited facilities. This is for your safety and to ensure optimum quality of care throughout the operation and the immediate postoperative period. This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic by a fully credited anaesthetist. You can expect the operation to take 1-2 hours.
The type of implant used depends on the size and end result you have discussed with Dr Norris. The incision is made on the back of the knee over the natural crease. The implant is placed in a pocket between the fascia and the underlining muscle. The incision is closed with sutures and wrapped in compression bandages to reduce swelling and movement of the implant once inserted.
What happens after the surgery?
- Calf implants take approx. 1.5hrs to complete
- You will be in hospital for approx. 4hrs in total before being discharged.
- A friend, or responsible adult must collect you from the hospital as you can not drive home.
- You will leave with written postoperative instructions and a prescription for pain-relief.
- Daily short showers are permitted ensuring your waterproof dressings are dried adequately. Your first shower will be on day 2.
- Sleep with your legs elevated to reduce swelling for 1-2 weeks.
- You may require the use of crutches for the first 10 days.
- Within the first 2 days after surgery you will experience the worst of the discomfort, managed by your prescribed pain medication.
- You might have bruising, swelling, tenderness, and sensitivity. Swelling may vary from patient to patient and should resolve by 2 weeks.
- Light exercise is permitted after 2 week, such as walking. Resuming normal daily exercise at 6 weeks as instructed by your Doctor.
- You may return to work after 1 week, unless it involves heavy lifting/bending or use of the lower body. You may require to be on light duties for up to 3 weeks.
- A follow-up appointment will be booked for you on day 3 after the operation. This is to check your wounds and change the dressing.
- Haematoma A collection of blood in the breast pocket. Which is either naturally absorbed into the body or sometimes requires further surgical drainage. Symptoms include swelling, pain, bruising, hot to touch, or itchy skin.
- Infection Infections are unpredictable and normally occur in the first 3 weeks after surgery and are treated immediately with antibiotics.
- Scar Tissue You may experience hard lumps around the incision line. This is scar tissue building up after trauma to the area from the implant being inserted. This will eventually settle and subside but might require steroid injections into the scar tissue. Dr Norris will discuss this if need be.
- Asymmetry Though all effort is made to ensure your calves are symmetrical unfortunately the implants only vary in several sizes and a slight uneven result can occur.