Calf Augmentation

Calf Augmentation in west Los Angeles, CA

Are your leg day results falling short in the gym? Did you sustain trauma to your calf area leaving you with one side smaller than the other? You may have been born with club foot, spina bifida, or bowlegs causing poor development of the calf muscles. Or, a neurologic injury or infectious disease such as Polio may have caused otherwise normal calf muscles to shrink (atrophy) down to nearly nothing.  In each case, calf augmentation with implants can provide the volume, shape and definition you’ve always wanted. If this sounds like you, let Dr. Ryan Stanton push your leg mass and definition to new heights.

If you’d like to learn more about calf implants in Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles, CA, contact us to see what we can do for you.

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The Calf Augmentation Procedure: What to Expect

Calf augmentation is a very specialized procedure performed by a rare and few board certified plastic surgeons.  It is an outpatient procedure, performed not infrequently at our outpatient ambulatory surgery by Dr. Stanton. You’ll spend about a half a day with us.  Typically patients are asked to arrive about one hour before their surgery time,  surgery takes about  1 – 2 hours, recovery another hour  then you can proceed home thereafter with a responsible adult. 

This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia in the prone (face-down) position. Our anesthesiologist has been on board with Dr. Stanton for over 7 years now and is very familiar with the details of this particular surgery.  He will carefully monitor you throughout surgery, ensuring that you do not experience any pain or discomfort and you wake up as smoothly as you went to sleep.

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Dr. Stanton will place calf implants into the back of the leg, hence why you need to be in a prone position during your surgery. After creating a small incision at the back of the knee, Dr. Stanton will precisely make a pocket under the skin, fat, and fascia (a tough layer of sheet-like connective tissue that covers the gastrocnemius muscles) layers. He next irrigates the pocket with a quadruple antibiotic solution followed by a long-acting local anesthetic for post-op pain control.  Finally, he slides in the calf implants with a specialized sterile funnel “no-touch technique” to minimize contamination and scar tissue. Once the implant is in place, Dr. Stanton will suture the incision closed in multiple layers. Some patients only need one calf muscle (inner or outer) augmented with one implant but most benefit from having both inner and outer muscles augmented with two separate implants.

Sub-muscular placement (within or under the gastrocnemius muscles) of calf implants is typically not recommended because of all the dangers risked by injuring the very important nerve structures and blood vessels within and under these particular muscles.  It may offer some unique treatment benefits in the rare select patient who has already sustained nerve damage in this area.


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Types of Calf Implants

Calf implants are made from different types of biocompatible silicone rubber. FDA-approved calf implants are made of soft semi-solid silicone rubber. These implants are very durable, form stable, and cannot rupture or leak, thus making them permanent. In this form, they can easily be removed if ever needed.  Through detailed measurements, Dr. Stanton will help you choose the appropriate size and shape implant that will be most effective in meeting your goals while also respecting anatomic limitations and safety considerations. Although many stock size implants exist, custom size and shape implants can be designed when necessary and reasonable.  Custom implants do add to the cost and also require approximately 3 weeks to manufacture.

Recovery After Calf augmentation

The bulk of your recovery will happen at home. We’ll provide detailed recovery instructions and are available to answer questions and concerns throughout the recovery process. Most patients miss one to two weeks from work and are back to full activity within two months.

  • Bruising and swelling are common, especially in the first week or so. Whether lying face-up or face-down, keeping your legs elevated on a pillow or two is crucial, as is icing. Do not sit with your knees bent 90-degrees while your legs dangle down for more than 20 -30 minutes for the first two weeks. Keep them elevated on a stool at least while seated. Bruising resolves relatively quickly over 3 weeks and is usually minor.  Swelling, like with any other surgery, resolves quickly over the first month but then the last 20% takes another 6 – 9+ months to fully resolve.
  • Over-the-counter and prescription pain medications are recommended to ease discomfort after surgery.
  • Because your calves will feel extremely tight, you may need help getting around the first day or so. Crutches or a walker are not necessary but have been utilized by some patients over the first week after surgery. Be sure to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery and help you during the first 12 – 24 hours after surgery.  Gentle walking is recommended for blood flow and made easier with a short broad heel (~ 2 inch) but climbing stairs should be avoided if at all possible until authorized.
  • Do not smoke during recovery. Smoking can decrease blood flow and increase complications


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Calf Implants for Women vs. Men

Calf augmentation is performed on both women and men in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Stanton is famous for his buttocks augmentation results and has extensive experience using implants in the butt, breast, biceps, and calves to enhance body shape and proportions. Again, calf augmentation is also used to correct lower leg defects from injury, disease, and congenital disorders.

While calf enhancement is popular with both men and women, the reasons for choosing the procedure often vary between the two sexes.

  • Women typically choose calf implants to enhance proportions, balance, and symmetry with their thighs.
  • Men often choose calf augmentation to beef up calf muscle mass and definition. As you can imagine, this procedure is prevalent among our frustrated but extremely hardworking bodybuilder patients that, no matter how many calf raises they do, they simply cannot grow their calf muscles, period.
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Your Calf Augmentation with Dr. Ryan Stanton

Dr. Stanton is best known for creating hourglass curves on women throughout the Los Angeles area, but butt lifts and tucks are by no means his only specialty. His calf augmentation results have made our practice a sought-after choice for bodybuilders and others, many wanting to enhance and/or balance the appearance of their lower legs. Call our office at (310) 278-0077 or schedule a consultation or learn more.

FAQS Calf Augmentation in Los Angeles

Implants are much more effective and reliable than fat for creating definition, enhancing the shape, and augmenting the “muscle” mass of the lower leg. Implants provide the only predictable, relatively safe, and permanent results that simply cannot be achieved using fat grafting.  Besides, using fat to create and try to mimic muscle shape/augmentation does not even make sound surgical sense.

Surgery is not without risks, however, safety is a priority for Dr. Stanton and our patients. The implants we use are made from medical grade silicone rubber. Our patients generally experience excellent relative results with minimal risks from this procedure. Since Dr. Stanton is one of the top plastic surgeons in the Beverly Hills area, his extensive experience of 20 years performing this surgery ensures a safer procedure for his patients. Known complications are overall rare (~ 5%) and similar to most any other implant surgery such as, but not necessarily limited to:  infection, prolonged pain and/or swelling, scar tissue problems including capsular contracture, nerve compression/injury, implant migration, and wound healing problems. 

Implants are placed through small incisions (~ 1 ¼ inch) located at the back of the knee. Dr. Stanton places incisions in natural creases whenever possible to minimize scarring. One implant requires only one incision, two implants two incisions.

Calf implants are considered permanent implants, providing results for many years in most patients. Your implants will continue to enhance the size and shape of your calf as long as they are in place.

Giving your implants time to heal before returning to strenuous activity is important for proper healing. Patients should minimize all physical activity, apart from limited gentle walking, for the first few days. Slowly build up walking distances until you can comfortably walk longer distances. Most patients are back to normal activities, including running, biking, and weightlifting, within two months of surgery. 

Calf implants are made from soft semi-solid silicone rubber. When they are placed, they feel very similar to highly trained athletic muscle tissue.

The overall costs for each procedure will differ according to the circumstances of each patient. Therefore, please visit us for a consultation to see how much your calf augmentation will cost. 

The duration of calf augmentation surgery varies, but it generally takes around 1 to 2 hours.

The recovery period usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities during this time and thoroughly follow post-operative care instructions.

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks, including infection, bleeding, implant displacement, or adverse reactions to anesthesia. However, complications are rare when the procedure is performed by a skilled surgeon.

Yes, calf augmentation can be combined with other cosmetic surgeries, such as liposuction or thigh lift, to achieve overall aesthetic goals.

When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Stanton, calf augmentation can provide natural-looking results that complement the patient’s bodily proportions.

High-quality calf implants are designed to feel and look natural, blending seamlessly with the surrounding tissues.

While some discomfort is expected after surgery, pain can be managed with prescribed medications during the recovery period.

Non-surgical alternatives, such as calf contouring through targeted exercises or dermal fillers, may offer limited improvement compared to surgical options.

Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities, especially those involving the lower legs, for several weeks following surgery.

Patients should be at least 18 years old to undergo calf augmentation surgery, and it’s more common for adults seeking cosmetic enhancement.

During the consultation, Dr. Stanton will evaluate your calves, discuss your aesthetic goals, explain the procedure, and address any concerns you may have.

Yes, calf augmentation surgery can address asymmetrical calves and create a more balanced appearance.

Many patients can return to non-strenuous work a week after surgery, but it will vary depending on individual healing rates.

Dr. Stanton will provide you with detailed pre-operative instructions, which may include fasting before surgery, avoiding certain medications, and stopping smoking.

Yes, wearing compression garments can help reduce swelling and aid in the healing process.

Yes, calf implants can be removed or replaced if desired, but this should be discussed with Dr. Stanton during the consultation.

When performed by a skilled surgeon, calf augmentation surgery should not significantly impact muscle function or mobility. Dr. Stanton will take all necessary precautions to preserve functionality.