Calf Implants Made My Legs More Womanly!
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I'm a 25 year old woman and all my life I've never felt good about the shape of my legs. In bathing suits, shorts, skirts, dresses, whatever - I could never fully be myself and have confidence, because I was always so worried about my chicken legs and about what other people thought of my lower body. I tried working out for years, and I'm in pretty good shape otherwise, but I never really saw much growth or change to my legs, particularly my lower legs and calf muscles.
About a year ago I decided I would start looking into calf implant surgery after reading about it in a magazine. Some people in my family have had plastic surgery and they've all had pretty good experiences, so I talked to them and eventually decided to find a specialist and make an appointment. It was tough to make it over the first hurdle of actually making those calls and going to the office, but once I was there, the doctor made me feel super welcome and comfortable. She referred me to a board-certified plastic surgeon, who I had a consultation with and who told me I was a good candidate. He told me all about the surgical procedure, about how I would be under general anesthesia, about the recovery period and when I could return to normal activities, and answered some questions I had about the silicone implants and potential scar tissue after surgery. Finally, we set a date!
It's been almost three weeks since I had the calf implant surgery and I am sooo happy! Happier than I could have ever imagined really. The surgery recovery was not too painful - even in the hospital right after the procedure there was very minimal swelling and I only needed basic pain relief. I was advised to wear flat shoes and was able to walk out of hospital, which I definitely didn't expect.
For the first week or so I rested up as much as possible and avoided being on my feet - walking was kept to a minimum and I elevated my legs most of the day. Luckily I had no adverse reactions and everything went very smooth with my recovery. After the first week, I took off the surgical tape and stockings and was really amazed with the results. I finally have definition and shape to my calves and, even this early, I am wearing skirts, shorts, and skinny jeans without hesitation to show off my lovely new legs. There is still a small incision that's visible, but most of the skirts and shorts I've been wearing cover it.
As far as recovery time, my right calf feels almost completely back to normal now, but in my left calf I still feel a little tightness from my knee to ankle when I walk, but nothing that is too painful. Actually, all in all, I have been pleasantly surprised at just how little pain there has been!
That said, driving has been a little bit of an issue and since I drive a manual car, I think this might be why the left leg is still a little achey and swollen. I started driving about a week after my surgery, and looking back on it, I think this might have been a little too soon.
The calf area feels a little numb to touch but that's nothing that concerns me. As far as how natural the implants themselves feel - I can't tell the difference in touch at all so I really don't think anybody else will know I've had calf augmentation surgery done either, which only adds to my satisfaction. Even though they are a silicone gel, they feel lovely and just like a natural calf to the touch! My only regret with the whole process is that I didn't do this ten years ago!
If you are considering this surgery - or any sort of cosmetic surgery or reconstructive surgery on your calves, really - then you should know that you will probably only be looking at a one week recovery before you can get back to work. Full on physical activity might take a little longer, depending on your situation. For instance, I haven't been to the gym yet since my surgery three weeks ago, but I can't wait until I can start exercising again really soon!