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Calf Reduction in Toronto, North York, Oakville and Scarborough

Calf reduction originated in Korea to meet the demands and needs of the large population of short women with muscular calves. It has been brought to the western culture for women with other reasons, such as those who have been athletic in the past and now seek to reduce the muscle size of their calf. The wanting for the procedure could also be as simple as to comfortably wear boots. Some may feel less confidence when they go out if they are insecure about their calves. They may restrict themselves from wearing dresses, shorts and skirts, which overall impacts how they feel about themselves as if they weren’t feminine enough. Women crave to be perceived as elegant and wish to possess feminine-like attributes. The insecurities could restrict individuals from fulfilling full satisfaction from their love life, social life and other aspects of their life.

Nevertheless, calf reduction provides an opportunity for women to release themselves from the mental burden of being paranoid of how their legs look when they go out.

The two popular methods used for calf reduction is Botox and invasive surgery that cuts the nerve. Since calves are mainly composed of muscle, liposuction is not effective in this area of cosmetic surgery.

1. Botox injection:

An easy and straightforward procedure that injects Botox into the gastrocnemius muscle, however, this procedure is effective but it requires maintenance of injection over time. Overtime, the calf muscle will shrink and thus patients will attain their desired results.

calf-implantsThis procedure targets the medial gastrocnemius muscle. It uses an injection of a toxin, either alcohol of phenol or radiofrequency ablation. The nerve blocking to one muscle allows one muscle function while the other does not so that the individual is still able to walk while achieving their preferred calf size. Muscle builds due to constant contraction and retraction, thus if there are no nerves to tell the muscle to perform an action, it will start to weaken and grow smaller. Therefore, the medial gastrocnemius muscle will decrease in strength and size since it’s not engaging in any activity. The expected results cannot be entirely predicted since it could target neighboring nerves. Also, the lateral portion of the gastrocnemius muscle could be disproportional when compared to the medial.

3. Cutting the nerve of the gastrocnemius

The procedure uses a high frequency micro needle and it cuts off the nerve of the gastrocnemius muscle of the calf. This procedure does not target neighboring nerves and thus is able to focus on the single cause for muscular calves. Therefore, inability to walk, balance or asymmetry is eliminated. The result to this procedure is permanent and thus does not require any maintenance over time. It also reduces the chance of any scars appearing.

Nevertheless, careful considerations of the different types of muscles are targeted according to the individual’s body size and shape. The three-development patterns of calf muscle are:

Also known as the lateral portion of the gastrocnemius muscle. This muscle is most apparent when women are applying pressure directly on their feet or toes.
Also known as the lateral portion of the gastrocnemius muscle. This muscle is most apparent when women are applying pressure directly on their feet or toes.

1. Outside gastrocnemius
Also known as the medial portion of gastrocnemius muscle. This muscle gives the calf an undesired bulgy, bulky and round shape on one side (disproportional appearance)
2. Inner/outer sides of muscles
Also known as the soleus, it causes the calf to appear bulgy, bulky and round shape on both sides.
3. Combination of muscle and fat
This is a combination of muscle and fat that causes the calf to appear thick and uneven.

4. Incision calf-reduction

This procedure requires the removal of the unnecessary muscle and is ideal for the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle, however, scarring will appear around the area of the back of the knee. Removal of this muscle means that the patient will no longer possess the function to perform task that require this muscle.

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