Calf Reduction FAQ

Am I a Candidate?

Almost anyone who is unsatisfied with the size of their calves is a candidate for calf reduction. They must also be in good health, meaning no serious illness. When you come in for your initial consultation, your doctor will perform basic tests and ask about your medical history to ensure you're in prime shape for calf reduction.

How is Calf Reduction Performed?

At the Calf Reduction Center, we offer 5 methods of calf reduction. The method used depends upon the size of your calves and how drastically you want to reduce them. The available procedures are:

  • BOTOX, which uses controlled atrophy to temporarily create a smoother contour in the calves
  • Calf liposuction, which removes stubborn pockets of fat that may have built up in the calves and ankles
  • Radiofrequency calf reduction, which selectively burns muscle fibers in the calf, causing the overall calf to reduce in size and definition
  • Selective neurectomy, which severs specific nerves to the calf, reducing muscle activity and decreasing the size
  • Partial calf resection, which directly removes part of the calf muscle responsible for bulk

How Much Can it Reduce My Calves?

Certain methods, such as BOTOX, may not reduce calf size at all, but will instead create a smoother and less muscular appearance. Other methods, such as partial calf resection, can reduce calf circumference up to 3 inches. It all depends on the size of your calves and which procedure you'd like to receive.

Are the Results Permanent?

If you choose to undergo BOTOX calf reduction, the results will wear off after about 9 months. This is simply because the effects of BOTOX are temporary. All other calf reduction methods are permanent, provided you follow our specific guidelines on post-operative care.

What are the Side Effects?

The primary side effect of calf reduction is difficulty walking for the first one or two weeks following surgery. This is natural, since most calf reduction methods work by paralyzing or removing part of the calf muscle. Your body needs a brief period to adjust, at which point your full calf function should return.

When you come in for your initial consultation, your doctor will go over any other side effects that may occur, as well as effective methods for preventing or minimizing them.

Is Calf Reduction Painful?

For the first month following surgery, patients report a feeling similar to a cramp in the calf. There may be a bit of difficulty walking while the body adjusts to your new, slimmer calves. Over time, your calves will feel just as they did before surgery. s

How Long is the Recovery?

The first part of calf reduction recovery can take anywhere from 3 to 10 days, at which point patients typically return to work. A full recovery usually takes 3 months.

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