I can't build muscle in my calves

Alexandra, 40, Optician, Québec

I tried everything to build my calves muscles, but nothing works. They look weird compared to the rest of my legs so I’m having the surgery to balance them out.


In men and women, the definition of the leg requires a certain amount of fat and muscle. For a lot of individuals, this definition cannot be achieved with exercise. Calf implants are meant for those individuals lacking muscle mass and / or definition in the calves.


Women and men have different goals :

  • The vast majority of women requesting calf augmentation want more proportioned legs.
  • Men, on the other hand, want better muscle definition of the calves.
  • Calves are sometimes imbalanced or malformed as a result of a condition or a congenital defect.


Surgical technique

Calf implants come in different sizes and shapes. Just like pectoral implants, they are made of silicon. Calf implants are inserted under the calves fascia (for a muscled appearance) or under the posterior compartment of the fascia (to spread the volume across the length of the calves) through an incision located behind the knee. The scar is very discreet once healed. Only one implant in each calf is enough to achieve the desired result. Bodybuilders sometimes need two implants in each calf to replicate the two extremities of the muscle. For female patients, calf augmentation is sometimes combined with liposuction of the inner knees, outer thighs and / or inner thighs.


Calf augmentation patients stay at the clinic during 24 to 48 hours under observation.


Calf augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure is about 90 minutes long.


The procedure can be performed as an outpatient surgery, but an overnight stay at the clinic under observation will usually be recommended by the surgeon. Swelling and bruising are to be expected following the surgery, they will gradually resolve starting postoperative day 2. Sutures, and possibly drains, are removed 3 to 5 days after the surgery.


Patients requesting calf implants usually stay 5 nights / 6 days in Tunisia.


A compression garment must be worn during the first week of the recovery. Postoperative care is provided at the patient’s hotel room.


Our all-inclusive package including calf augmentation costs 2900 euros.


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