Who is a good candidate for calf augmentation?

This surgery is normally recommended for people with some kind of congenital malformation of the legs, sufferers of certain diseases, or those who have incurred some kind of injury or accident in this area.

Calf lifts with implants is a surgery that is now requested by people who, given their physical constitution, are unable to develop muscle in this area despite physical exercise.

What does calf surgery involve?

There are three techniques in calf augmentation surgery: one involving implants, another using the patient’s own fat, and another that combines both techniques.

WITH IMPLANTS: In this case, calf augmentation consists of a calf implant inserted through an incision located in the fold behind the knee. This incision, which is strategically hidden and normally measures around four centimetres, provides the surgeon with enough space to slide the cohesive silicone gel calf implant over the muscle. Just one calf implant or two can be used for each leg. This technique provides good calf volume. To streamline the legs, liposculpture can be applied to the thighs for completely contoured legs.

WITH AUTOLOGOUS FAT: Liposuction is required to obtain the patient’s own fat before performing calf augmentation surgery with autologous fat. This technique does not give great volume, but does provide a more streamlined shape.

MIXED TECHNIQUE: Both techniques are combined for excellent results.

Duration, anaesthesia and hospitalisation for calf augmentation

Calf lift surgery is relatively short and normally takes around one hour. The anaesthesia used in calf lift surgery depends on the circumstances of each patient, although at IM CLINIC we believe general anaesthesia to be the best option.

Your time at IM CLINIC will be very short, generally with just one overnight stay.

Results of calf augmentation

The results of calf augmentation surgery are natural, streamlined and shapely legs, in proportion to the rest of the leg, in people who, for whatever circumstance, have atrophic or underdeveloped calf muscles.

Postoperative recommendations for calf augmentation

Oedema (swelling) may appear in the operated area, which often disappears a few days after surgery. Your surgeon will recommend compression socks for fast recovery. Recovery takes three weeks to one month. And you can go back to work around ten days after your calf augmentation surgery.


The stitches used in calf augmentation surgery are dissolvable and do not require removal.

It is important to ensure relative rest for the first few days. Avoid lifting heavy weights. And sleep with a cushion below your legs to raise your calves.

You should wear compression socks for the first few weeks.

You can shower 24-48 hours after surgery. Make sure someone is with you the first few times you shower. Be particularly careful with the incision, which you must dry with cold air from a hair dryer.

Smoking has a negative effect on tissue healing. Therefore, you should stop smoking before surgery.

When can I start sports again?

You can start sport a few weeks after surgery, following the indications of your surgeon. If you do any kind of contact sport, such as football, you should inform your doctor before resuming this type of sport.

Should I take any precautions after surgery?

We recommend you sleep and relax with your legs raised, with a cushion underneath to raise your calves. As well as this, you must follow the advice of your surgeon. You can contact our medical team to discuss any doubts you might have.

Does recovery take a long time?

Relative rest is recommended for around seven days. The medical team will indicate what you can do and what is not recommended.

Are the scars visible?

The calf augmentation scars are very small and are strategically hidden behind the knee. They will be almost invisible shortly after surgery.

Will I have to wear some kind of special garment on my legs?

Compression socks are often recommended for the first few weeks to speed up recovery and for patient wellbeing.

Are the scars visible?

The calf augmentation scars are very small and are strategically hidden behind the knee. They will be almost invisible shortly after surgery.

When will my stitches be removed?

We use dissolvable stitches for calf augmentation surgery at IM CLINIC, so they do not have to be removed.

Do you know what IM Care is?

IM Care is the commitment of IM CLINIC to care for you for the first year after your surgery. You will have a 24-hour hotline for your peace of mind, and our medical team will visit you regularly to ensure the results are as expected.