Is Fat Grafting A Good Way To Do Calf Augmentation?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in calf augmentation with fat grafting/lipo filling. I am a 33 year old man with over a decade of weight lifting and exercise experience. I have trouble building muscle particularly in my calfs. I am hoping fat grafting can give me the desired look I’ve been working so long for.

A: While I appreciate one’s desire to build body contours using one’s own tissues, there are several key issues about injectable fat grafting. First, one has to have enough fat to harvest that, after filtering and purification, has enough volume to augment the calfs as well as any other areas. Whether a young man who is most likely fit has enough fat to accomplish that remains to be seen. Secondly, fat grafts are not like implants. The predictability of their survival to maintain volume is far from assured. Injectable fat grafting is associated with a wide variability in fat volume retention and young lean people usually have a lower retention rate.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana