What is the calf implants recovery timeline?
How long do I have to abstain from strenuous activities during calf implant recovery? Will I be able to walk right after the surgery? I won't have anyone to look after me for a couple of days post-op and I want to know what to expect. Thanks!
I had the calf implant procedure done to correct a birth defect, and I used a walker while I recovered. You will need to discuss aftercare instructions with your surgeon during your consultation because I'm not sure how you will be able to handle everything on your own during the first day or two. Plastic surgery recovery can be as difficult as the recovery process for any other surgical procedure. I am a very independent person, but I still needed someone there to help me during my time recovering.
I'm not a doctor, but I feel that your implant size will likely impact your recovery period. You will need to walk around to prevent blood clots, but you need to avoid lower leg exercise to prevent the formation of fluid and scar tissue around the implants as these will impact your final results. The best way to determine your aftercare needs is to see a board-certified plastic surgeon. Free initial consultations are usually available, and you should explain to them that you don't have anyone to help you immediately after the surgery. I don't think I could've done it without some extra help to get in and out of the shower and to and from the bathroom.
I hated the way my calves looked. They were out of proportion with the rest of my body. No amount of exercising would make them larger. So, I decided to get solid silicone implants in my calves. I had a lot of concerns before the procedure. One of my concerns involved the recovery time. I'm a highly active person and couldn't be off my feet for a long period of time.
My doctor explained the recovery process to me before the procedure. My calves felt sore and still following the procedure. I expected to experience bruising and swelling. For the first two days after my transfer procedure, I pretty much sat at home and made myself comfortable because even normal walking was difficult. I wasn't thrilled about not being able to be as active as usual. I play basketball, so I had to wait six weeks to resume playing ball.
Usually a full recovery is made within two weeks. The larger the implants are the longer the recovery time will be. Smaller implants mean small incision, and shorter recovery time. Having a moderate heel on your shoes, like a cowboy boot for men, make it a lot easier to walk within that first week. Ultimately, if you can avoid walking for those first seven to ten days that would be an ideal environment for your recovery. Since you are living alone, I think it would be smart to do as much preparation as possible so that post-surgery you will be able to take care of yourself as much as possible. I would try to rent a mini fridge and move my microwave to my bedroom. It is not glamorous, but you want to invest in some adult sized diapers at least for the first day or so. Even taking a daily shower will be pretty difficult without help. It might be worth asking a friend or someone to stay over at your place for a night or two.
After my calf implant surgery, I was technically able to walk out of the plastic surgeon's office but chose not to. Even though I was on painkillers, it still felt uncomfortable to walk around. For the next two days after my surgery, I basically just stayed in bed most of the time with my feet elevated and mostly used crutches when I needed to get around. However, I did walk a little bit because my doctor told me that it was important to do during my recovery period. After six days on crutches, I'd had enough of them and started walking by myself again. It took a little bit over a week for me to be able to walk normally without limping. Though I felt fine within a couple weeks, my doctor said I shouldn't do any lower leg exercises for nine weeks. She said that if I tried to return to physical activity too soon, it could cause some issues with the silicone implants.
The recovery time depends on the type of augmentation you choose. For a calf augmentation with fat injections, it's typically an outpatient procedure. You don't have to stay in the hospital overnight. The actual procedure only lasts about 1 to 2 hours. It's performed with general anesthesia, and you can go home typically an hour after the surgery. However, you will have to stay off of your feet and not strain your calves during the healing process.
The first few days after the calf implant, you should be keeping your calves elevated as much as possible. From experience, I know that it is quite painful the first few days, and you will experience a lot of discomfort as if you have walked 100 miles or more. You might feel some weakness in your calf muscles as well. Typically, you have to wear a compression garment in addition to the other wraps for up to two weeks after the surgery is completed. You can typically start moving around and returning to normal activity after a week, and then you can start exercising and walking against after a few months. Pain medication is helpful after the surgery, but it does make you constipated so it's best to take as little as possible and let your body recover as naturally as it can.