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Calf slimming treatments

Calf slimming injections are used to slim down overly developed calf muscles in females. Targeted calf muscle injections into a muscle called 'gastrocnemius' to create a slimmer and more feminine look. This is an especially popular treatment in certain in certain demographics including Asian female patients who can have naturally stockier calf muscles.



What are calf slimming treatments?

The slimming effect generally lasts 6+ months. Then your calf muscle strength and the bulkiness will gradually return. Therefore the recommended protocol for calf slimming injections is twice a year for best results. After 3-4 sessions, once a year treatment may be possible.​

Key features of calf slimming treatments


Consultations for calf slimmingtreatments are 45 minutes for new patients. Your history will be explored, followed by an examination of the calves and treatment if you are appropriate. 

Wear what you want

Patients with bulky calves often avoid wearing certain clothing or footwear. After a calf slimming treatment you will be more confident to wear dresses, skirts, boot and heels of your choice.

Outstanding satisfaction

Patients with bulky calves  often dislike the aesthetic and would prefer a slimmer look. You don't necessarily need to be athletic, genetics play a large part in calf shape and this treatment is especially popular in patients of Asian descent.

Long-lasting results

Anti-wrinkle injections for calf slimming last 6+ months on average. 

Downtime & aftercare of calf slimming treatments

There is very minimal downtime after calf slimming treatments. Occasionally patients actually describe aching or the sensation of an occasional and very temporary muscle spasm in the areas treated. This is self-limiting.


Occasionally small bruises can occur (as they can from any injectable treatment) and these will improve in 1-2 weeks.

  • How do wrinkle treatments work?
    Wrinkle treatments are performed using tiny injections. They work by temporarily and reversibly blocking nerve signals to specific areas of the facial muscles, allowing the muscles to relax. As a result, the skin overlying the muscles also relaxes, smoothing out the visible lines. Over a period of on average 4 months, the treatment wears off and wrinkles slowly return.
  • How should I prepare for my wrinkle treatment?
    As for all injectable treatments, please come with no make up, foundation or similar on your skin. This will reduce the risk of an infection. To reduce the risk of bruising: - avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior - stop any fish oil supplements at least 5 days prior - stop any garlic, ginger, gingko biloba or ginseng in high doses - avoid any anti-inflammatory medicines (neurofen, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc) for 5 days before your treatment if possible. Prescription medicines that can make bruising much more common include warfarin or other anti-coagulants. If these are prescribed by your GP, it's not recommended to stop them. You can still have injectables but you should expect bruising to be much more common and obvious.
  • What can't I do after a wrinkle treatment?
    You can go back to your normal daily activities after a treatment except for two simple rules: 1) Don't massage, rub or wash the areas injected until the next day after your treatment. This also includes not doing things like having a massage, facial or similar straight after an anti-wrinkle treatment. (for at least 12 hours afterwards) 2) Avoid sports, exercise or vigorous activity for 12 hours afterwards. These rules help prevent the anti-wrinkle product spreading and affecting other muscles of the face that we don't want to treat. Failure to follow these increases the chance of complications, most importantly eyelid or eyebrow drooping. These are both avoidable and reversible side effects but can take several weeks or even months to settle. Avoiding alcohol after any injectable treatment until the following day also reduces your risk of worsened bruising.
  • What are the potential side effects?
    The most common side effects include: - Mild discomfort during the procedure - very temporary swellings and redness (that disappear within minutes) - bruising (always a risk when a needle is used) Rarer side effects include: - In less than 1% of cases, patients can very rarely experience eyebrow or eyelid heaviness (called a 'ptosis'). This is very rare, temporary and often resolves in three or four weeks on it's own. This might be caused by a failure to follow the after care rules described above. In this scenario, some special eyedrops might be prescribed to you to help lift the heavy eyelid but you'll need to be reviewed in person first.
  • Do anti-wrinkle treatments hurt?
    The injections only take minutes to perform and no special measures are needed. Dr Jake uses the smallest needles available and most patients are pleasantly surprised at how easy the process is.
  • Are there any people who shouldn't have a wrinkle treatment?
    There are just a few but important conditions that are contraindications to wrinkle treatments: - Pregnancy or breastfeeding. (Patients trying for a baby, undergoing IVF or who are unsure if they are pregnant will also be refused treatments) - Rare neurological diseases such as Myasthenia Gravis Those taking the following medicines should also not have these treatments: - Aminoglycoside antibiotics (Gentamycin, Neomycin, Streptomycin, etc) - Penicillamine (used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis) - A known allergy to human albumin A detailed medical history will be taken prior to your treatment but it is your responsibility to declare any medical problems to us in good time.
  • How often should I have treatments?
    If the recommended dose is done on the day of your treatment, the results will last 2-4 months on average. Most people therefore come every 3-4 months to help maintain a consistent appearance.

Calf slimming treatment FAQ's

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