Calf Implants

Calf implants surgery for men


Many men find it difficult to grow and sculpt their calf muscles even after putting in their time at the gym. For these men, calf implants are a great option to build both volume and definition. This procedure also offers a solution to those men who feel their proportion is not even. Dr. Douglas Steinbrech specializes in calf implants for his patients. For many individuals it is easier to build their upper body and have a more difficult time adding muscle to their legs, especially in the calf area. This often results in a very uneven look between the upper and lower body that men tend to be self- conscious about.

These calf implants are made of a soft silicon material. Over implementation can be a risk, so it is important to evaluate your entire body before selecting an implementation size. Each implant is customized to fit the patient during surgery. This is an overall simple procedure requiring a small incision behind the knee where the implants are inserted. Calf Implants can be the ultimate solution to increase calf size, symmetry and body confidence.

Before and after photos of calf implants patients

View before and after photos of male patients who had calf implants surgery performed by Dr. Douglas Steinbrech.

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When Should You Consider Calf Implants

Male patients who consider calf implants:

  • Seek to emphasize the bulk of the calf muscle
  • Desire a lower leg more anatomically proportionate to your thigh (usually women)
  • If you are a male bodybuilder and you’ve reached the plateau of calf development with exercise, but you’re not satisfied with the definition of your lower leg
  • If wish to correct lower leg defects resulting from injury; disease, such as polio; or from birth conditions


Calf implants are inserted through an incision behind the knee. Through small incisions, implants can be inserted to create improved calf definition. Dr. Steibrech can even use your own fat to increase the size of your calves, so that nothing artificial may be needed to correct a natural deformity or to increase the size of the leg.

Calf implants are also used for reconstructive surgery to help correct deformities or congenital defects. In general, the calf implant is placed through a small incision in the crease behind the knee. The implant is then put behind the fascia immediately under the skin in front of the posterior muscles of the calves. The calf implants are placed in what is known as the posterior compartment.

Benefits of Calf Implant Surgery

Calf implant surgery is performed either for elective purposes or to treat medical conditions or injuries affecting the calves. If you are bothered by a calf that is disproportionate to your thighs, which does not respond to weight training or exercise, calf implants in Orange County may be right for you.

Some patients who choose calf implants are bodybuilders who desire enhanced leg contour. Other patients have suffered an injury or disease which led to shrinkage of the leg or significant loss of muscle mass.


Calf implant results are permanent. For safety reasons, you will have scheduled returns to Dr. Steinbrech’s office for follow-up evaluation whenever you notice any changes in your calf implants. Do not hesitate to contact your surgeon when you have any questions or concerns.


Some of the risks of calf implants include:

  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Changes in sensation
  • Scarring
  • Allergic reactions
  • Damage to underlying structures


Once the calf implant surgery is complete, legs will be sore but you will be encouraged to walk with assistance. Patients will be able to walk, drive and resume low-stress leg activities within three to five days after their calf implant surgery. Three to four weeks after surgery you may return to regular gym workouts, including leg exercises.


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