According to the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, legs have become an increasingly important characteristic contributing to an individual’s self-perception and beauty ideal. Thin or asymmetrical legs may lead to self-consciousness or body image issues.
More patients than ever understand that plastic surgeons can help them achieve the beautiful legs they’ve always wanted.
There are two main methods used to achieve an ideal calf augmentation: fat transfer and silicone calf prosthesis. The benefits of the fat transfer technique is that it eliminates fat from an unwanted area in the body and moves the fat to a place where it is more aesthetically appealing. In the study performed by the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, doctors found that fat transfer patients in the study group experienced no infections compared to one patient in the silicone prosthesis group. Despite these results, silicone implants have been known to be rather reliable. However, these implants can shift out of place and accumulate fluid, so patients electing to have these implants placed need to consider the pros and cons before selecting this option.
Dr. Leonard Grossman developed and has been performing calf augmentations with fat since 1995. The fat that Dr. Grossman removes is often stem-cell rich and therefore tends to be resistant to diet and exercise. The fat may be present in the abdomen, flanks, or upper arms. Once the fat has been removed, it is processed, chemically stabilized, and injected into the areas of the leg, where it is wanted or desired by the patient.
Because the fat that is transferred has stem cells, it allows the muscle to bulk up in size, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing look. Patients can also choose where they would like to have the fat injected. The fat can be placed in the calf or the ankle, depending on patient needs. This is an added benefit to the fat transfer technique over the silicone implant. Because silicone implants require a larger incision, there are limits about what areas of the leg can be modified.
Patients seek out calf implants for a variety of reasons, among them to correct for deformities or to increase the size of the calf muscle when diet or exercise alone just won’t cut it. The size of a person’s calf muscle is often determined by genetics, so without surgical correction, there is often very little a person can do to increase the size of the muscle.
The American Society for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons explains that the best candidates for the procedure are individuals unhappy with their current appearance, who have a good attitude, realistic expectations, and good health.
Dr. Leonard Grossman, M.D. has been performing calf augmentation with fat transfer for almost twenty years now and has amassed the largest series of patients in the world. He takes the time to learn about each patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals and then works with his patients to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact Dr. Leonard Grossman’s office today to learn more about how calf augmentation with fat transfer can best suit your aesthetic goals.