Muscle mass has a little to do with effort and a lot to do with genetics. If you’ve put in the time at the gym but have not achieved your desired calf appearance, it may be time to consider calf augmentation. This surgery is often used to correct calf deformities or add muscular shape to the lower legs.
Dr. Ryan Stanton specializes in cosmetic implants, including hip augmentation, butt implants, and revision procedures. He is also one of the best plastic surgeons for calf augmentation in Los Angeles. If you’re considering calf implants, keep reading to get tips for speeding the recovery process after calf surgery.
Bruising and swelling are very common after calf augmentation, but one simple step can significantly reduce their severity. Dr. Stanton asks patients to elevate their legs after surgery. Use a pillow or two to prop your legs up as you lie down (both on your front or your back). When you’re sitting down, use a stool to hold your legs up and avoid dangling your legs downward at a 90-degree angle.
Icing is a must-do after calf augmentation surgery. Use an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to apply cold to your calves several times a day. We recommend using ice for about 10-15 minutes and then taking a break from ice for at least an hour. Do this several times each day, especially in the first few days after surgery.
Use Pain Medications
Don’t skip the pain medication. Dr. Stanton will teach you how to use prescription and over-the-counter pain medications to increase comfort after surgery. Most patients only need prescription medications for a few days and can then manage any discomfort using over-the-counter options. Staying on top of your pain allows the body to heal quickly and comfortably.
Take a Walk
Walking is one of the best things you can do for your body during calf augmentation recovery. Take a slow and gentle walk as often as you can. At first, it may be challenging to walk unassisted. Crutches or a walker are not needed but can be used if desired. Wearing shoes with a broad, short heel can make walking easier initially.
Avoid stairs if at all possible. And remember, gentle is key. It isn’t time to rush, race, or push yourself.
Smoking is a no-no after any surgery, including calf augmentation. Smoking constricts blood vessels and makes healing more difficult, and slower healing means more potential for complications. Dr. Stanton asks patients to stop smoking several weeks before their procedure and throughout recovery.
Skip the Gym
When you see the new contours in your calves, it can be motivating to start exercising again—but hit pause for a little while. It is important to avoid strenuous or weight-bearing exercises using your legs until Dr. Stanton has cleared you.
Learn More About Calf Augmentation in Los Angeles
Enhance the appearance of your calves with calf augmentation surgery. Learn more by contacting Dr. Ryan Stanton online or by calling (310) 278-0077 today. Dr. Stanton and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!