Chasing slimmer, more shapely calves? You’re not alone. Large, bulky and muscular calves are a common concern among many people. No matter if you’re bothered by how they look, or just find it hard to wear certain clothes, no one ever complained about having slimmer calves.
There are a number of reasons why your calves might be larger than you’d like. Whether related to genetics or lifestyle factors, there are a number of treatment options available.
For those that have large calves due to overdeveloped gastrocnemius calf muscles, invasive surgery used to be the only option. Now, calf slimming injections are available, and are a treatment that may be worth considering.
Calf slimming injections are a treatment that can reduce the size of overdeveloped gastrocnemius calf muscles. The gastrocnemius (the sprinter’s muscle) is the bulky calf muscle with 2 bellies at the top half of your lower legs.
Using ultra-fine needles, muscle-relaxant protein can be injected into the muscles to reduce their strength. This ultimately leads to a reduction in their size in a process that takes about 4-6 weeks. While you may need 1-2 sessions for the ideal result, once achieved, maintenance is generally required every 6-12 months on average.
Before and after 2 sessions of calf slimming injections (after photo taken months after 2nd session).
Importantly, calf slimming injections are only used on the gastrocnemius muscle. They cannot be used for large muscles on the front of the lower legs, or for excess lower leg fat. Fat dissolving injections are a non-surgical option to dissolve small pockets of fat, typically around the ankles, but for a more significant improvement in lower leg fat, liposuction may be recommended.