About Calf Augmentation
Genetics and medical conditions can lead to underdeveloped or asymmetrical calf muscles. Patients who have thin or shapeless legs often seek help at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills with calf implant surgery. Here, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen performs calf surgery to create a muscular and more symmetrical lower leg. This treatment is very technical and is not typically offered at aesthetic practices, which is why our Beverly Hills, CA office is honored to be at the forefront of revolutionary cosmetic care by offering this procedure. If you are dealing with naturally deflated calves or desire a more defined calf appearance, contact our esteemed practice to schedule a consultation and learn more about this procedure.
"My experience with Dr. Timothy Katzen is wonderful. His surgical skills are top notch and he has great bedside manner. I have had 3 procedures with Dr. Katzen and happy with all three."- K.Y. / Google / Nov 05, 2019
"Dr. Katzen is amazing. His knowledge and bedside banner area impeccable. He kept me informed every step of the way. His staff is just as impressive, they are patient and responsive 24hrs a day. He is great with the bariatric patient community, he knows how to get rid of our loose skin and hide all the scars. Thank you for all your help!"- C.R. / Google / Jan 18, 2020
"Dr Katzen Saved my Life! - No amount of words can describe how grateful I am to have found this doctor! I had illegal silicone injected in my buttocks when I was 23. Little did I know that they will almost kill me 10 years later! End stage renal failure and dialysis is not exactly what I wanted to hear at 33 years of age. There was no significant evidence to prove if the free floating silicone was responsible for any of it but it was a theory from my amazing kidney doctor. For 2 years I researched all the facts, had to get on the transplant list, paid doctors for consults to see if anyone can help me and all I seemed to find was Drs that either wouldn’t operate on me stating that I’m a “liability” or drs that said well it looks fine maybe you shouldn’t touch it. Finally I found Dr Katzen! I watched his videos, read the reviews and somehow felt that maybe there might be hope for me still. I had scheduled a consult with Dr Katzen via SKYPE and it was for FREE! I made a list of so many questions or concerns I had and he answered them all. We spoke for nearly an hour. I never felt pressured of any kind and his team helped me with anything And everything! I needed to know I tried everything to save my life so after 4 months I scheduled my surgery. The dr and the staff gave me all the information I needed such as were to stay for the after care, how long to stay for and what I would need since I was coming from NY. So there I was going in to surgery and my future was in his hands. 8 hours it took to get this out of me! It has migrated to the hips and the groin area! But it was all out and I was alive! According to the other doctors I wouldn’t have made it thru a surgery like that. Yet in the hands of Dr Katzen there I was alive and happy. Fast forward 6 months after... I feel like a whole new person! The scars altho all the way around my body are tiny, my body looks better now then before, I feel amazing and the most important fact I no longer need a kidney transplant, nor do I need dialysis my calcium stabilized I’m no longer anemic and I get my period every month not 2 times a year like before. Thank you Dr Katzen and your whole teem for GIVING ME MY LIFE BACK! I sit here and cry happy tears because at 36 my life did not end, I now have a future, I now have hope and I will forever be grateful for you Dr Katzen who took a chance on me and saved my life! Thank you!"- Y. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
"The Best and I Looked Researched Everywhere and Everyone - Body lift and thigh lift 11 pounds removed and I have my 19 year old body back [RSBleep], you know the body we had before the babies and the weight gains loses gains and loses ------ Dr. Katzen exceeded all my expectations with the surgical results and he has a mellow kind beside manner very UN-LA (thank goodness).The office staff is SUPER NICE (Kiara is great) I live in SF and traveled and stayed the 2 weeks in LA because he is the best. I am not posting body pics BC I am 7 weeks post op my scars look good but are PINK (that is how I scar) and my thighs look good (yes they are gapped now) but have 2 little incisions/suture healing spots - totally normal healing stuff.Will update with body pics in a few weeks."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
"Dr. Katzen is a True Gem!!!! - What makes Dr. Katzen stood out for me was his demeanor and how wonderful his patients talk about him. Dr. Katzen is a true gem and I am so glad I went with him. He stuck with me from beginning to end. I felt safe and comfortable with him the entire journey. I had the pleasure of meeting many of his post-op patients in the lobby. We all pretty much agree he is awesome!"- J.P. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
Calf augmentation surgery is usually a potential treatment option for individuals of all age groups. Ideal candidates for this procedure typically:
- Wish for muscle definition in their lower legs
- Have disproportionate legs
- Have an illness or disease, like poliomyelitis or spina bifida
- Suffered an injury or trauma that caused calf deformity
Calf augmentation employs the use of silicone implants of a variety of shapes and sizes to achieve the look you want. For some patients, only one implant is placed to improve asymmetrical calves. In other cases, two implants can be used in a single calf to create dramatic definition. During your consultation, Dr. Katzen will explain to you the benefits of each technique and establish an individualized treatment plan that is specific to your aesthetic goals.
One of two surgical techniques will likely be employed to perform calf augmentation: the submuscular or subfascial technique. When using the submuscular method, a pocket is created beneath the calf muscle where the implant is placed. Meanwhile, with the subfascial method, the implant is placed on top of the muscle in the fibrous tissue known as the fascia. Dr. Katzen will place small incisions within the creases of the legs behind the knee, and he will insert the implants using the method that best suits your situation. This surgery usually takes about an hour to perform as an outpatient procedure.
What To Expect
Crutches will be required for about a week upon the conclusion of surgery. When lying down, the legs should be elevated to reduce swelling. Swelling and soreness are normal but should subside in the weeks that follow. Our Beverly Hills, CA practice will provide a stretching routine and specific aftercare instructions to optimize the healing process. The outcome of this surgery is shapelier, well-defined calf muscles that can last for many years.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can women get calf implants?
Yes. At our Beverly Hills, CA practice, we often see female patients who desire calf surgery. The size, shape, and placement of a calf implant differ for women when compared to men so a more feminine look can be produced.
Do I have to have implants placed in both legs?
No. In fact, many patients arrive at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills because their calves are asymmetrical. This can occur as a result of a congenital deformity, trauma, illness, or other events. To address the unbalanced look, Dr. Katzen can place implants in just one leg to create an even appearance. He could also place differently sized or shaped implants in each leg if you would like increased definition, as well as improved leg symmetry.
Are calf implants only aesthetic?
No. There is a range of conditions and illnesses that could contribute to calf deformity or asymmetry, such as spina bifida, poliomyelitis, a clubbed foot, or having a bow-legged stance. Calf enhancement surgery can treat the negative effects that these conditions have on the appearance of your legs.
Will I have visible scars?
For calf augmentation surgery, the most frequently used incision location is behind the knee within the natural fold of skin. Even though a scar may occur, the will be virtually unnoticeable once your incisions heal. In the case that your incision is placed under the front of the knee, this scar will generally be more visible but still concealed within the folds of the knee.
Are your leg workouts at the gym producing the results you want? No matter how hard you work out, it still may not be enough to build the leg definition you want. To remedy this, Dr. Timothy Katzen offers consultations to patients who wish to improve the contour of their lower legs with calf implant surgery. Contact our office in Beverly Hills, CA for more information about how calf augmentation could benefit you.