To enhance the shape and contours of your calves, calf implants can be an excellent treatment to achieve your desired look. But, as with any surgery, understanding the timings of your recovery is a vital part of the planning process.
This article will take a detailed look into calf implant surgery and its recovery, giving you all the information you need to provide you with a clearer picture of what to expect during your recovery. The article will explore timelines and various tips to make your recovery process go as smoothly as possible.
Dr Omar Tillo, the CREO Clinic’s renowned body contouring surgeon, is one of the only surgeons in the UK with the experience and extensive expertise required to perform this procedure. As a highly respected opinion leader within the field, Dr. Tillo is regularly consulted by implant manufacturers to help them remain at the cutting edge of calf contouring.
Book a consultation at the CREO Clinic today to discover the many invaluable benefits calf augmentation can bring.
How Long is Calf Implant Recovery?
You may experience some swelling and soreness around your calves after your calf augmentation, but a compression garment should be worn for six weeks to help minimise the swelling. Once two weeks of recovery have passed, you should feel comfortable returning to work and resuming some light exercise.
You will see enhancements to the contour of your calf immediately, but a full recovery from your calf implants should take around eight weeks. Your final results should become clear between six months and a year after the surgery once any post-operative swelling has subsided.
What To Expect During Calf Implant Recovery
Before deciding to undergo calf implant surgery, it is important to have a clear idea of what to expect during your recovery. This way, you can take steps to prepare accordingly and ensure your comfort as you heal.
Extremely Stiff Legs
You will likely experience some stiffness in your legs, especially in the first few days after surgery. You may require some help during these initial stages in covering walks within your own home, such as trips to the bathroom or kitchen. Take extra care using stairs until the stiffness has subsided.
Bruising and Swelling is Normal
After any major surgery, bruising and swelling are to be expected. As you recover from your calf augmentation, follow your surgeon’s instructions to the letter to ensure this swelling dissipates as quickly as possible.
You’ll Need to Wear Compression Bandages or Socks
One method to keep swelling to a minimum is to wear compression bandages or socks. A compression garment will be provided to you by the CREO Clinic. It should be worn throughout the recovery period or until your surgeon tells you it is no longer necessary.
Calf Implant Recovery Timeline
Here, we will explore an approximate timeline for your calf implant recovery, outlining the various stages and what you can expect from each one.
First Week Following Surgery
Your treatment sites will be at their most tender in the first few days following your surgery, so this is when it is best to get as much rest as you can and move as little as possible. You are likely to need help both walking to the toilet and sitting and standing when using it, so try to plan for this eventuality.
After the first 48 hours, you should feel able to move around the house. You should still be careful and walk slowly and delicately. Some exercise is encouraged as this helps increase circulation and promotes wound healing.
Two Weeks Post-Surgery
At the two-week stage, you should feel much more comfortable walking around, although you will likely experience some continued stiffness. Most patients feel able to return to work and can engage in more light exercise at this point.
Six Weeks After Implants
Six weeks after your operation, you should feel much more comfortable walking and engaging in light to moderate exercise. More strenuous exercise such as running, jogging, or cycling should wait until at least three months have passed.
Any bruising and swelling should have mostly subsided by six weeks, and your wounds should also have fully healed.
Tips to Reduce Calf Implant Recovery
Elevate Your Legs
One of the best ways to minimise swelling after calf implant surgery is to ensure your legs are kept elevated. Try propping up your leg on top of a couple of pillows while lying down – this should provide you with extra comfort and keep swelling down.
Ice to Reduce Swelling
A well-known method for reducing swelling after surgery is to apply ice to the incision sites. You must not apply ice directly to your skin, so ensure you wrap the ice or ice packs in a clean towel before applying them to the swollen areas.
Take Pain Medication As Directed
To ease your comfort and alleviate pain, over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol can be an excellent solution. Carefully follow the instructions regarding how often and how much painkillers you can take in a day during your recovery.
Are Calf Implants Worth It?
Calf implants are an extremely effective method for achieving natural-looking muscularity and contour in your calves. Many patients find that the transformative effect of calf implants can offer a significant boost to their confidence and quality of life.
If you are looking to enhance the aesthetics of your legs, calf augmentation can help make changes to heighten the tone and symmetry of your legs.
Schedule A Consultation With CREO Clinic Today
To take advantage of the many benefits of calf implants, book a consultation today with Dr. Omar Tillo, the CREO Clinic’s talented and experienced body contouring surgeon. Dr. Tillo Is in the unique position of being one of the UK’s only body contouring surgeons with the expertise necessary to perform calf augmentation.
Dr. Tillo has performed countless successful calf augmentations, and his stature in the field of calf augmentation means you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are being treated by one of the industry’s most respected surgeons.