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Comparison of Various Calf Reduction Methods - Part 2

Radish Legs / Calf Reduction (Non-pathological type) Methods

1. Liposuction, Botulinum Toxin A, Selective Neurectomy

Liposuction Botulinum Toxin A Selective Neurectomy
Procedure Pulled out of subcutaneous fat Block the peripheral motor nerves to gasctrocnemius muscle to induce calf atrophy Cut the nerve that control gastrocnemius muscle, muscle will shrink in size gradually
Apply To Patients with more than 1.5 cm thickness of subcutenous fat results using pinch test Patients with thick Muscular Legs Patients with thick Muscular Legs
Wound 2 to 3 scars sized around 0.5cm No Around 3 cm
Post-operative Care Return to daily activities in 3 to 5 days, wear elastic stockings. Return to daily activities immediately. Return to daily activities (except for exercise) after one week.
Reduce in Size Depending on the thickness and fat liposuction technique Not significant, about 1 to 1.5 cm Not significant, about 1.5 to 2.5 cm
Results One month later One month later, more obvious after three months More obvious after 3 to 6 months
Cost About US$ 2,000 to US$ 6,000 About US$ 500 to US$ 2,000 per injection About US$ 5,000 to US$ 12,000
Advantages Small scar, the functions of legs are not affected No surgery, no scar Not need of hospitalization. Can walk immediately
Disadvantages
  1. The result is not significant
  2. Possibility of fat restore
  1. Only effect the shape of legs, calf size is not reduced significantly.
  2. Required another injections after 3 to 6 months.
  3. Risk of nerves or vessels injury
  1. The location and calf size reduction is unpredictable.
  2. Compensatory hypertrophy of other calf muscles.
  3. Risk of nerves or vessels injury.

Note: The prices mentioned above are only an estimation cost, the cost may vary from one to other clinics.

2. RF Selective Neurectomy, Total Surgery of MG, Partial Gastrocnemius Muscle Resection

RF Selective Neurectomy Total Surgery of MG Partial Gastrocnemius Muscle Resection
Procedure Uses RF energy to induce focal coagulation necrosis (death of tissue) of the gastrocnemius muscle, muscle will shrink in size gradually Cut out a whole medial gastrocnemius muscle Cut out a whole/ partial gastrocnemius and or soleus muscle
Apply To Patients with thick Muscular Legs Patients with thick Muscular Legs Patients with thick Muscular Legs
Wound No Around 5 cm or more Around 5 cm
Post-operative Care Return to daily activities (except for exercise) after 1 to 7 days. 2 days hospitalization recommended, can get out of bed the next day. Return to daily activities in 3 to 5 days (except for exercise), wear elastic stockings. Normal calf muscle power is regained in 6 to 12 months. 2 days hospitalization recommended, can get out of bed the next day. Return to daily activities in 3 to 5 days (except for exercise), wear elastic stockings. Normal calf muscle power is regained in 6 to 12 months.
Reduce in Size About 2 to 5 cm About 1 to 6 cm About 3 to 7cm
Results More obvious after 3 to 6 months Immediately after operation Immediately after operation
Cost About US$ 2,000 to US$ 10,000 About US$ 5,000 to US$ 12,000 About US$ 5,000 to US$ 12,000
Advantages The procedure is quick and simple, no scar Give the most significant and accurate result, no hypertrophy recurrence
Disadvantages
  1. Compensatory hypertrophy of other calf muscles.
  2. Risk of nerves or vessels injury
  1. Residual postoperative scars are unavoidable, which need quite a bit of time to fade away.
  2. Compensatory hypertrophy of other calf muscles.
  3. Long postoperative recovery time required. 4 to 6 weeks to walk normally. Normal calf muscle power will be regained in 6 to 12 months.
  4. Risk of nerves or vessels injury

  1. Residual postoperative scars are unavoidable, which need quite a bit of time to fade away.
  2. Long postoperative recovery time required. 4 to 6 weeks to walk normally. Normal calf muscle power will be regained in 6 to 12 months.
  3. Risk of nerves or vessels injury

Note: The prices mentioned above are only an estimation cost, the cost may vary from one to other clinics.

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