Is it Worth it to Have a Calf Augmentation?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have elective surgery is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having calf augmentation surgery. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Calf Augmentation: the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective surgery with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the surgeon who will perform your surgery if you decide to proceed.
Any surgery has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. There is a chance of infection, which may require antibiotics and may also lead to a less aesthetically-pleasing result. There is also a chance of excessive bleeding during the surgery, which occasionally requires a blood transfusion. Some people react badly to anesthesia. There is a small risk of death due to any surgery. Although it’s important to be informed, these risks are small in most healthy people; talk with your surgeon to determine your personal risk.
Additionally, there’s the risk that you might not be happy with your calf augmentation result. You might feel that your implants are too small or too large, or you might not like their placement. You can reduce this risk by choosing a surgeon who listens carefully to you and tries to understand your goals, and asking him or her all of your questions before surgery.
Your implants might also move over time, leading to an asymmetrical and possibly strange appearance of your body. Scar tissue sometimes forms around the implants; this is called capsular contracture, and if it happens, your implants may feel hard rather than soft and may have an irregular appearance. Some people experience rippling of the skin over the implants. There is also a risk that one or more of the implants will rupture at some point, requiring replacement or removal. Your incisions may not heal well, leading to scars which aren’t aesthetically pleasing.
Some people experience changes in sensation in the calves and/or surrounding areas after calf implant surgery. This could include numbness or pain. It may not fully resolve after you heal from your surgery.
A man who’s spent lots of time lifting weights, only to find that his strong muscles are still small, may feel extremely frustrated. His self-esteem and confidence may suffer, and he may start to avoid the gym and other physical activities because he doesn’t want others to see his skinny body. Calf augmentation surgery can help him feel more masculine and confident in his body. It’s a much safer choice than taking steroids to cause the muscles to grow larger, which is extremely dangerous and can cause permanent damage to the body.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for a pectoral implant procedure is $3,249. This varies between surgeons and in different regions, so check with the surgeon you’re considering to find out the exact price. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. For more details, please see our Calf Augmentation Costs page.