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Botox & Beautiful Calves: The Ultimate Slimming Solution

Written by Dr. Fareeda Muhammad | Medically reviewed by Editorial Team
Last updated on: March 28, 2023

Botox is known as a wrinkle reducer; what else is Botox used for? It may surprise you that a bacteria’s toxic byproduct could have so many uses in the medical field. 

Besides wrinkle reduction; it is used for eyebrows lifting, nose tip lift, lip flip, chin smoothness, redefining jaw line (Masseter Botox and platysma bands Botox), calf and shoulder slimming, pores reduction, facial redness and many more. It has also become a major treatment for migraines, excessive sweating, spasticity and bladder problems. 

What is calf slimming Botox?

Botox is injected to the calf area to reduce the bulk and width of gastrocnemius muscles and as a result slimmer and contoured calves are achieved.

How does it work?

Botox toxin blocks presynaptic release of the neurotransmitter (acetylcholine) at the neuromuscular junction, thereby inducing partial paralysis and atrophy that causes the muscle to relax and creates a linear appearance in the leg.

Can anyone have this Botox treatment?

No; you need a thorough consultation with an experienced Doctor to assess that are you a good candidate for this procedure. 

How many injections do you need?

Multiple injections are required in one sitting and the total required dose may also be variable depending upon the size and strength of the muscle.

How long will the treatment take?

Botox injections are done in 5 to 10 minutes, but you may need to apply a numbing cream for 30 minutes before the procedure. 

Is it a painful procedure?

Our goal is to ensure your experience is with maximum comfort so we always offer numbing cream and different techniques are employed during the process to ensure the least discomfort. With these tools your pain level will be 2-3 out of 10. 

What is the downtime?

It’s a lunchtime procedure and there is no recovery period however there may be a discomfort during walking or running for two weeks as the deeper muscles may need harder work to compensate. 

Is there any specific post care?

Yes, avoid strenuous exercise especially treadmill running and cycling for two weeks. Massage, sauna and heat exposure are better to be avoided as well. 

What are the side effects of the procedure?

Discomfort during exercise, bruising and asymmetry are the possible adverse effects that can be managed by ice compression and retouch. 

When should you expect to see the full results?

It usually takes 1-2 months to see the final size and shape of the calves.

How long will the results last for?

Results usually last for 5-8 months. To maintain results, you need to do calf Botox every 8 months. 

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