Long, thin calves are considered beautiful. It not only makes a person appear taller, but also conveys a sense of grace and elegance. Calf reduction surgery was first developed in Korea to address a bane of many Asians, disproportionately prominent calves that are both short and muscular.
Calf reduction surgery eliminates the top heavy look that disproportionately prominent gastrocnemius muscles give you, resulting in a top-heavy looking calves that body builders crave, but are problematic for normal individuals. Not only is it difficult to wear fashionable knee high boots, but both women and men feel self-conscious about the shape of their calves, making it embarrassing to wear shorts during the summer time.
Ideal calf circumference is between 32 to 34 cm. Many procedures have been developed to make calves look less prominent. The right procedure for a patient depends on both your calf anatomy, size of your gastrocnemius muscles, and the overall appearance of the calf. These include liposuction, Botox injections, radiofrequency nerve ablation, and partial muscle resections.
Calf reduction can beaccomplished via several different techniques:
- Botox Injections
- Radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation
- Highly Selective neurectomy
- Partial resection of the gastrocnemius muscle
These procedures can also be combined for more effective and better aesthetic results. There is a sixth procedure that Dr. Liu does not perform or believe in, which is the complete resection of both heads fo the gastrocnemius muscles. This procedure is still performed in Asia, but Dr. Liu feels it gives inferior results with increased patient morbidity and calf contour irregularities.