Calf reduction by radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation slims and contours the lower legs by eliminating the nerves governing the calf muscle to make them waste away naturally and shrink.
About the Procedure
Radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation involves burning part of the gastrocnemius muscle away to reduce its size. In this procedure, radiofrequency energy is used to inhibit part of the nerve that signals the calf muscle to grow. This method results in fewer and smaller scars than surgically removing the muscle, although it can also cause some swelling that can last for several weeks. It may also leave the muscle weaker temporarily. Unlike calf muscle resection which is invasive and accompanied by a significant recovery time, patients are typically able to resume most normal activity after 1 week (except for strenuous exercise). During treatment, the patient will be administered either general or local anesthesia with sedation. A discreet incision will be made at the back of knee in order to insert the probe which will deliver the RF energy. The surgeon will then strategically “burn” away nerves that cause the calf muscle to contract. By reducing the amount of nerves that respond to muscle contraction, the calf will eventually reduce in size since it won’t be utilized as much. Compression socks will be applied to help prevent swelling and fluid retention.
Commonly Treated Concerns
Typical Cost Range
$5000 – $10000
Calf muscle reduction by radiofrequency nerve and muscle ablation is not recommended for patients who have a history of prolonged healing or has poor blood circulation to their extremities.