Gym-obsessed men undergoing fat transfer procedure to beef up lower legs
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A UK plastic surgeon has reported a surge in men seeking ‘calf contouring’ vanity procedures.
Mr Gary Ross, a body contouring surgery specialist, says there has been a rise in male patients enquiring about calf augmentation vai fat transfer – and the reasons why may just surprise you.
What is this trend?
Those behind this new cosmetic trend are predominantly gym-goers, who are unhappy with their lower legs looking out of proportion with the rest of the body, and men that want to look better naked.
Patients may request calf augmentation for purely aesthetic or cosmetic reasons. Some desire only the medial or inner leg filled out whereas bodybuilders often want both the inner and outer lower leg filled out.
The procedure uses fat transfer techniques to augment the calves, creating more volume to the area.
During the 90-minute procedure, fat is harvested from one area of the body using a Body-jet device and replaced within the calf. It’s so popular now Mr Ross says enquiries now surpass those for buttock augmentation.
Mr Ross, who offers calf contouring amongst other fat transfer treatments, says:
“We’re hearing from at least 2-3 men a week looking for a change in this lower part of the body. Five years ago it was uncommon to have people come in for these treatments, maybe even less than 1 a month.
“Fat is taken via Body-jet fat transfer, from areas such as the flanks, before being replaced in the calves to provide volume.”
What are the options?
“Surgery can either be in the form of calf augmentation with a silicone implant or fat transfer, which is the increasingly more popular option. The choice of option depends on the pros and cons of the techniques and this needs to be discussed at a consultation.
“There are more risks associated with silicone implants, and Body-jet fat transfer is considered a safer technique. However, the procedure may need to be repeated as the fat can reabsorb over time.”
There are other reasons for patients choosing calf contouring surgery including having underdeveloped calf muscles, which include both congenital and acquired causes.
“Congenitally there may be underlying causes such as skeletal malformations, and acquired causes include trauma. It is important to be examined thoroughly and to investigate any underlying causes before considering surgery,” Mr Ross concludes.
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