Are Calf Implants safe?

I'm a fit guy and the one body part I've never been able to grow, is my calfs. I've tried ever calf exercise under the sun, but I still have 'chicken legs.'  I'm contemplating having implants placed in my calfs to make them larger. I know every surgery carries risks, but what are the risk for calf implant surgery? Is it safe? Am I crazy for thinking I should have this procedure? Thanks! 


M, 41, New Jersey

Tags:lower legs safety risks calf


Many men feel self-conscious about the appearance of the legs. In fact, the vast majority of patients who undergo calf augmentation do it for cosmetic reasons. So to answer your question, no -- I wouldn't say you're crazy. ;)

As for the risks and complications that may occur following calf implant surgery, in rare cases the procedure may cause nerve or vascular damage, adverse reaction to anesthesia, hematoma, infection, changes in sensation, and scarring. Other risks associated with calf implants include slippage and asymmetry.

We recently posted an article on our blog about calf implants. I think it will answer most of your questions.

Hope that helps,


I had two silicone calf implants placed in both of my legs and had zero issues during my recovery. I just submitted a review on this site and I talk about the potential side-effects (infection, scar tissue, a poor aesthetic result, bleeding, etc.)  and what my experience was with the surgery (didn't have any issues beyond bruising and swelling). 

Calf Implant surgery is a safe procedure, however it will take quite some time to heal.  The procedure itself will entail a silicone implant being placed in a pocket on top of the gastrocnemius muscle.  After some time scar tissue will develop around the implant and hold it in place.  

If you are a "fit" guy who exercises regularly, it is important (early on) to not put a ton of pressure on your feet for long periods at a time.  Also, do not partake in any exercising or sports for 6-8 weeks after having the procedure.  It is extremely important to make sure you give your body time to heal and adjust to the implant.  There are rare cases (about 5% of the time) where the implant will be displaced and require a minor adjustment.

An alternative to getting calf implant surgery is to have fat transferred to the calf area and have it shaped to fit your desired look.  With fat transfer it will take multiple sessions to achieve a desired look similar to an implant.