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Calf Implants Surgery in Cyprus, Greece & Malta

A well-shaped calf is the desire of anyone who likes a beautiful and athletic body.

The calf area can be disproportionally thin than the rest of the lower limb. This can be due to genetic predisposition, which is normal, or it can be the result of specific diseases such as poliomyelitis or club foot. The atrophy can be unilateral or in both calves.

Patients with thin calves can opt for calf augmentation to achieve more symmetrical legs and thighs and increased contour and muscular definition in the calf area.

What Is Calf Implant Surgery?

Calf augmentation (or calf enlargement) is a plastic surgery performed to enhance the leg’s lower portion for cosmetic or medical reasons.

  • Calf augmentation as a Reconstructive Surgery

An injury or a disease are some of the most common reasons that some people have a shrunken lower leg. A calf implant helps minimize the deformity in these cases and offers the leg a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Even though the actual leg function is not improved, patients feel more confident and happy with how their legs look.

  • Calf augmentation as a Cosmetic Surgery

Some patients have very thin or underdeveloped calves that remain small despite intense exercise and custom diets. These patients may undergo calf implant surgery for purely cosmetic reasons. The result is a calf that looks more contoured, fit and proportional with the rest of the leg.


What Does Calf Implant Surgery Involve?

The most common procedure for calf augmentation and reshaping is the placement of silicone implants in the calf. The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Even though it is usually an outpatient procedure, your doctor will let you know if an overnight stay in the clinic is required.

The silicone calf implant is placed right above the medial of the gastrocnemius muscle’s lateral head through a small skin incision in the popliteal fossa right behind the knee. In some cases, the surgeon might suggest using two implants on one side, one for each head of the muscle.

Choosing the right implant for you is critical, as there are numerous types and sizes of calf implants. You will discuss about the appropriate calf implant for your case during the first pre-operative consultation with Dr. Stavrou.

In selected cases, the surgeon may combine fat grating – the autologous fat transfer using the patient’s own tissue – along with the use of silicone implants. In any case, silicone implants are essential for achieving a defined and noticeable calf enhancement.

Patients tend to combine calf enhancement with a thigh lift or body contouring.

How Long Do Calf Implants Last?

Calf implants contain long-lasting, solid, FDA-approved silicone – a durable material that looks like rubber and does not need to be replaced in the future. When injected under the skin in the calf area, they enhance the appearance of the leg’s lower part and offer a look of fullness.

The silicone calf implant showcases high efficacy and patient satisfaction rates, and the results are typically permanent. Yet, patients can have them removed or replaced with a different size at any time.


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Recovery After Calf Augmentation

It takes two to three weeks for a patient to recover after the surgery. During this time, the surgeon might permit light activities like walking, but these must be moderate at first. Patients can resume their routine activities within four to eight weeks after the calf implant plastic surgery. However, they should avoid running, riding a bike or lifting weights for up to three months post-op. Compression stockings, ace bandages and leg elevation can help reduce fluid retention, minimize swelling and discomfort, and accelerate healing.

Where Will Calf Augmentation Take Place?

Dr. Stavrou performs calf implant plastic surgery in accredited medical centers in Cyprus (Nicosia and Limassol), Greece (Athens) and Malta (Sliema).

The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses the most advanced medical equipment for plastic surgery on the calves. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for all of his patients.

After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff. 

The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in a beautiful, exclusive and luxurious environment.

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Who Is A Good Candidate For Calf Enlargement?

Patients who suffer from injuries or physical impairment in the area between the knee and ankle are good candidates for calf enlargement plastic surgery. Bodybuilders, athletes, patients with club foot, or polio patients are among the people who can improve their appearance and boost their self-esteem significantly with plastic surgery in one or both of their calves.

In addition, people with very thin calves can also undergo a calf implant surgery solely for aesthetic reasons – to improve the size and shape of their lower legs.

Good candidates for calf augmentation should also be in good overall health, have realistic expectations and be able to take time to rest up and recover after the surgery.

Calf augmentation is suitable for both men and women.

Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Meet Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Dr. Stavrou is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon leading the European Institute of Plastic Surgery since 2012. He was trained in top Medical Institutions in Greece, London, Melbourne and Israel. He has extensive experience in all types of plastic surgery and an artistic eye. He is compassionate and always by the side of his patients to make them feel comfortable, secure and confident. For Dr. Stavrou, paying attention to the details is what makes the difference in cosmetic procedures.

FAQs for Calf Implant Surgery

Are calf implants safe?

Calf augmentation is a safe procedure when performed by a credible and board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in body surgeries.


The patient should follow the surgeon’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions to ensure successful results and a speedy recovery.

Are calf implants permanent? Do calf implants have to be replaced?

Calf implants are permanent because they contain a long-lasting, solid, FDA-approved silicone. Therefore, you can enjoy calf augmentation results for the rest of your life unless you decide to have them removed or replaced with a different size.


There is a risk of implant shifting, meaning that implants might dislodge and move away from the calves, but that is very rare.

Are calf implants suitable for skinny legs?

For patients with abnormally skinny legs, calf augmentation is ideal for improving the lower legs’ look, balancing the body contour, and boosting their confidence.


The plastic surgeon will advise you on whether you can have one or two calf implants on each leg, depending on your unique situation, needs and expectations.

What do calf implants feel like?

After healing, the patients are not able to feel their calf implants. After some time, they will not even remember they had calf enlargement surgery.

Can you run with calf implants?

Running with calf implants is only safe after six weeks following the surgery. After healing, the patient will be able to return to normal activities and daily workout routine – either that involves running or other sports.

Do calf implants look natural?

The results of calf augmentation are very rewarding. The lower leg looks more contoured, fit and proportional with the rest of the leg. The patients achieve a beautiful and natural-looking appearance that boosts their confidence.

Medical tourism in Cyprus & Greece for calf implants

Cyprus and Greece are popular destinations for medical tourism. People from all over Europe and Eastern countries choose to have plastic surgery in Nicosia, Limassol or Athens, where they can find experienced plastic surgeons and state-of-the-art medical equipment for all types of plastic surgeries.


If you have any questions and concerns about calf implant surgery, reach out today to the accredited European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) and Dr. Stavrou at +357 9787 3787, +357 700 88 002 or +30 6971 881 572.

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