While legs are on the lower half of your body, their importance is huge in how people see your appearance. Nice skirts, skinny jeans, and tall boots all require nice legs in order to make a chic, slim look.
Depending on your physique, no matter how hard you diet you can still be left with bulky calves. If you’re concerned with the size and shape of your calves, dieting is not the only answer. There are slimming techniques, and calf reduction procedures, that can reduce your calves to be a supermodel level with minimal pain.
Anatomy of the Calf
There are two muscles that make up the calf; the gastrocnemius and the soleus. Both muscles are located at the back of the leg, with the gastrocnemius on top and the soleus on bottom. Through multiple means, the gastrocnemius can become enlarged and makes the entire leg look hard and interrupts the smooth line of the leg. For this reason, many people look to calf reduction methods to get this smooth line back.
Techniques for Calf Reduction
Calf Reduction Massage
The effectiveness of massaging your calves is sworn by many women. The technique requires soaking your legs in warm water or in hot towels for 10-15 minutes, then massaging with force in an up and down direction to be able to see results. There are many programs in gyms across the world that boast 10 sessions of massage and exercise in order to slim calves.
Calf Reduction Exercise
Many years ago, K-pop girl group members Tiffany and Jessica of Girls Generation came on TV to talk about their “5-3-2 leg exercise routine” consisting of small jumping movements for an extended amount of time could slim down calves and create the perfect leg ratio. Following this viral exercise trend, there are many exercise videos to follow online now. While this is great for toning, those with bulky calf muscles might want to focus on stretching exercises (like the ones below!) instead.
Calf Muscle Reduction Gadgets
Many gadgets have come around lately claiming to slim down legs. From ring like objects that hug your legs while you walk to calf stretchers for tendonitis, these cheap objects are sure to do something to your leg muscles, but we’re not entirely sure on the effectiveness of these gadgets on reducing the volume of calf muscles.
Procedures for Calf Reduction
For those of us without the time for weeks of massaging or exercising to get smaller calves, there are a few procedures that last just minutes and have amazing results.
Fat Dissolving Injection
While fat dissolving injections are typically used for the face, they are also utilized in places where stubborn fat can’t be lost. Fat dissolving injections can slim down fatty calves and give a much prettier, slimmer body line. Read more about fat dissolving injections here and browse clinics that offer fat dissolving injections in South Korea.
Botox is the most recent trend for calf reduction procedures in Korea. Botox injections, while less invasive than surgical muscle resection of the calf muscle, liposuction, or nerve ablation, can still create noticeable and lasting effects for patients who desire a slimmer lower leg.
Using a series of syringes, 40-100 units of Botox will be carefully injected evenly through the calf muscles. The gastrocnemius muscle is the most superficial calf muscle that is responsible for bulkiness and definition of the calf. This procedure can often be performed in under an hour but typically requires at least 2 treatment sessions to see noticeable results. Maintenance treatments are also necessary to see continued effects. - “Calf Reduction by Botox Injections” Aedit
Ppeum Clinic "Calf Sculpting Injection"
The "Calf Sculpting Injection" is a great option to reduce calf size over Botox. Why? As you can see in the Instagram video above, Botox requires multiple injection points across the calf, while Ppeum's Calf Sculpting Injection only requires 5. See some other major differences below.