Calf Reduction

Definition - What does Calf Reduction mean?

Calf reduction refers to a variety of procedures used to reduce the size or bulge of the calf muscle. Calf reduction procedures include micro-liposuction, Botox injections, radiofrequency nerve or muscle ablation, selective neurectomy, and partial muscle resection.

TheConsultation explains Calf Reduction

Calf reduction techniques were originally pioneered in Korea and sought to address the aesthetic issue of bulging calves, which make the legs appear shorter and stockier. Nowadays, the procedures used to reduce the volume of the calf are available all over the world.

  • Microliposuction involves the removal of small amounts of fat tissue from the calves by liquefying fat and then sucking it out through a thin tube inserted into a small incision. Patients must wear compression stockings for several months before full recovery occurs.
  • Botox injections are not permanent, but some surgeons may advise patients to try them so that they can assess their appearance before undergoing a more permanent procedure. There is no downtime, but results will only be fully visible after one to two months.
  • Radiofrequency nerve ablation requires very small incisions, and damages the nerves and muscles, resulting in smaller-looking calves. The results may not be permanent, and hard patches can develop in the muscle if too much radiofrequency energy is applied.
  • In selective neurectomy, nerves are removed through a small incision at the back of the knees. The muscle gradually wastes due to reduced use following this nerve damage. Doctors warn that this process is not reversible.
  • Partial muscle resection surgery gives immediate results, but an uneven result is possible unless it is combined with selective neurectomy.

Doctors warn that with the exception of micro-liposuction, calf reduction techniques partially disable the calf muscle. Some surgeons refuse to use permanent calf reduction techniques.

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