Fat grafting is an effective way to correct slender calves due to deformities or for cosmetic purposes, according to a press release from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
“Autologous fat augmentation offers a number of advantages over calf implants, including liposuction in adjacent areas to improve calf contour, smaller incisions, additional augmentation through subsequent fat grafting, durable results, lack of foreign body reaction, and precise patient-specific adjustments not possible with off-the-shelf implants.” James E. Vogel, MD, said in the release.
In the study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 13 patients underwent calf augmentation and reshaping with autologous fat grafting, over a 5-year period.
Fat was harvested from the abdomen, lateral thigh, medial thigh, waistline, flanks, axilla, upper back and hips.
After a mean of 19.6 months of follow-up, the results were determined durable according to comparison of preoperative and postoperative photographs.