Study shows Autologous Fat Grafting is recommended for Calf Reshaping and Augmentation
A new research that was recently published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (the Official Publication of ASAPS – American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) opened new possibilities regarding the potential of fat grafting in treatment of soft tissue, volume related issues and body contouring. More specifically this study showed that autologous fat grafting is capable to improve slender calves (for aesthetic purposes or to fix traumas, deformities or infections) as an alternative to the traditional implant calf augmentation.
Dr. James E. Vogel, corresponding author of the study and an renowned ASAPS member stated: “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” .
The study has lasted 5 years and recorded the results of 13 patients that had calf augmentation with autologous fat grafting. 10 of them had bilateral calf augmentation while 3 were facing congenital leg discrepancies. The fat that was used in such treatments was gathered by means of liposuction on lateral or medial thigh, abdomens, waistline, flanks, upper back, axilla and hips. Dr. Vogel describes: “Local anesthesia was injected prior to fat transfer to utilize the smallest amount of effective anesthetic volume and to precisely place it into the muscle resulting in less sedation and more rapid postoperative recovery”.
The patients received an average of 157 cc per leg (60% transferred into the medial calf while 40% was transferred into the lateral calf). The injections first targetted the muscles and after that the subcutaneous calf tissue. 4 of the 13 patients had a second round of injections to increase the volume. The appropriate volume of fat was injected once the calf was minimally firm but no tense.
Another interesting, beneficial evolution in cosmetic surgery if it is used sensibly!