The calf is one of the most often augmented parts of the lower body. Both men and women seek a multitude of different methods to either enlarge or reduce the size of the calf. Many enlarge their skinny calves using implants or reduce their size by excising excess fat and other tissue.
However, a procedure that has gained much popularity in recent years has been calf reductions using Botox®. Botox® is one of the most versatile of dermal fillers, as it used on many parts of the body, no longer just the face! And botox® now provides those looking for claf reduction, a safer, non-invasive route, as opposed to surgery.
Botox® is usually injected below the surface of the face, to eliminate wrinkles, and fine lines. It does so by stifling the muscle beneath responsible for the most common expression lines and filling the depressions under the skin.
How does calf reduction with Botox® work?
This is one of the simplest and safest methods of calf reduction, however, it is by far the most time consuming. The procedure causes a temporary paralysis in the Gastrocnemius muscle. The gastrocnemius is a prominent muscle in the thigh.
Botox® is injected directly into the muscle, causing the motor nerves to become blocked. This blockage causes atrophy in the muscle. However, because of the muscle’s size, a large amount of Botox® will only cause a small amount of atrophy. Therefore, the muscle will retain its strength, and not waste away completely.
After about 7 days you will notice a small reduction in the size of the calf muscle.
How many sessions will I need?
Because the procedure only reduces the size of the calf muscle slightly each time, we recommend patients repeat injections every 3 months or so (depending on the individual and desired reduction). However, after only a few sessions patients will notice the desired effects.
The more often the procedure is done, the longer the results will last.