Silicone calf implant, United Kingdom, 1996
Calf implants, like this example made from silicone, are inserted under the skin, usually as part of reconstructive surgery to repair damage caused by injuries or infections. However, calf implants have recently become very fashionable in cosmetic surgery. As with any surgery, there are always risks such as infection and the results may not last for very long. This implant was made by Nagor Ltd, a company specialising in designing and making implants.
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Glossary: plastic surgery
A surgical speciality dealing with the restoration or construction of the body. Often used to refer to elective surgery done for aesthetic reasons.
Glossary: silicone implant
An implant that is inserted into the body by surgery, typically to enhance a particular area (commonly breasts). Silicon is a synthetic material that remains unaltered by changes in temperature and is resistant to chemical attack.