Can calf implants lead to issues with circulation?
After I had my calf implant surgery, I experienced poor blood circulation in my legs: numbness, occasional muscle cramps and my feet get a lot colder now. I have no idea if my calf implants are causing these issues, but I wonder if they might be. Can this be a side effect of calf implants? What do you think?
I wanted calf implants for a very long time. However, I read horror stories about people who underwent the procedure and had circulatory issues afterwards. As much as I wanted cosmetic surgery, I didn't want to deal with a side effect that could affect me for the rest of my life. Needless to say, I asked my surgeon a lot of questions about the potential risks associated with calf implants. From what I remember, issues occur less frequently with fat transfers than with solid silicone implants.
My surgeon said that all surgeries have risks. However, something as severe as circulatory and nerve issues rarely occur. These issues usually arise with surgeons who do not have experience performing this surgical procedure. The most common risks associated with getting a calf implant are infections and reactions to anesthesia. I decided to undergo the procedure and have yet to regret it.
When I was getting ready for my calf implant surgery, they did mention that there could be circulation issues due to the implant. There was a risk of blood vessels getting damaged during the surgery itself, and there was also a possibility of the implant shifting and putting pressure on blood vessels. Since I was aware of this side effect of calf implants, I was a bit worried when my legs kept feeling a little numb after the surgery. However, the numbness did end up fading over time, and I haven't really had an issue with my feet feeling tingly, cold, crampy, or otherwise lacking in surgery. It's definitely not normal to have the issue you're having after the surgery, so you might want to consult your doctor and see what's going on with your implants. There's always the possibility that you just have bad circulation due to some other issue that might be easily solvable.
I had calf implants, and you should see your surgeon immediately if you are having any adverse reactions, especially in your legs. I did hear about the risk of seroma, which is fluid around the implants. You didn't say how recently you had the surgery, but you should be following all of your doctor's instructions to prevent blood clots and to restore complete mobility. I resumed all of my activities after about seven weeks, and I'm not experiencing any numbness or tingling. If your surgeon clears you and says it isn't an issue with the implants, I would ask your regular doctor about circulation issues to avoid any long-term health issues.
In general, no, you should have the same circulation and functionality with a silicone implant as with muscle. Calf augmentation performed by certified plastic surgeons is generally safe and only has serious side effects in rare cases (no plastic surgery procedure is without risk). In some cases, people may experience coldness in the feet and other issues related to poor circulation if the implant was not placed correctly or if it has moved within the leg. There may be some issues that complicate that further if you are running a lot and placing more stress on the implant.
Scar tissue can also form around the implant which can lead to other problems. You should see if there is excessive firmness or an unevenness that could be causing the issue. There are also irregularities in some cases if the implant was not placed correctly, which can lead to shifting and displacement. If you find that your implants are not symmetrical or you have noticed different parts of your lower leg has little sensation, then you should see a doctor to check out what the issue is and get any scar tissue that has gathered around the implant removed. These could be causing issues for your leg circulation.