Botox for Lower Leg
Conveniently located to serve San Jose, CA
No matter how hard I diet and exercise, I can’t seem to make my calves slimmer!
Millions of people get Botox injections for cosmetic purposes to minimize facial expression lines. Now there is a new use for the muscle-relaxing effect – to slim calf muscles. For some, no amount of diet and exercise will reduce this area. Most of the time, it is our genes that determine the shape and size of calves. Calf reduction may be desired to create a smooth contour from the knees to the ankle. Thicker calf muscles can make the lower legs appear shorter, more masculine, and can make wearing skinny pants and boots difficult.
Botox is less invasive than surgical modalities to treat this area. The gastrocnemius muscle is the most superficial calf muscle and is responsible for bulkiness and definition of the calf. During treatment, fine needles are used to make a series of small injections evenly across the gastrocnemius muscle. While dosing will vary, 40-100 units of Botox per calf is typically used.
Injecting Botox relaxes the muscle so it can’t fully contract, which may lead to a potential two-inch decrease in calf circumference and the appearance of a slimmer leg for up to six months. There are many reasons some calves can show a stubborn resistance to slim and tone. Bad eating, lack of exercise, and being overweight are of course common causes. However, most of the time it is our genes that determine our calf size.
Excessively muscular calves are best treated by muscle relaxant injections (Botox) to the gastrocnemius muscles.
These are the muscles responsible for the the mid to upper calf bulk.
Ultra-fine injections to both calf muscles causes the muscle fibres to shrink overtime. These injections can shrink the calf muscles by anywhere from 1-7cm and results can be seen in as little as 2 weeks!
You should see peak results after 2 months, lasting at least out to 6 months.
For those women with stubborn fat deposits in the calf region, fat melting injection with Kybella or Deoxycholate injection provides dramatic reductions in lower leg contour without long downtime. Over several weeks the body’s immune system carries these damaged fat cells away causing permanent fat loss in these areas.
Are there any concerns? Diminishing calf muscle size could change the way you walk, or put pressure on knees, hips and back where it shouldn’t be. For this reason, we start with a conservative dose to use the minimal amount needed to achieve the desired goal. Excessive relaxation of the muscle may hinder activation of the calf pump, which forces blood flow from the leg to the heart, which may increase risk of blood clots. Treating conservatively to use minimal dosing to achieve desired results will minimize these risks greatly.