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Staying Optimistic

Staying Optimistic

By Dr. Juris Bunkis

In a world inundated with disheartening news, maintaining optimism can feel like an uphill battle. Yet, amidst the chaos and uncertainty, there are strategies to nurture a positive outlook.

Firstly, it is essential to strike a balance between staying informed and safeguarding your mental well-being. Limiting exposure to negative media and seeking out reputable sources for news can help mitigate feelings of despair. Instead, focus on cultivating meaningful connections with loved ones. Strengthening family bonds and cherishing moments of joy, such as celebrating a parent’s good health or relishing time with children and grandchildren, can uplift spirits and provide perspective.

Additionally, finding solace in quiet moments of reflection can offer respite from the noise of the world. Whether it is through meditation, spending time in nature, or pursuing creative outlets, carving out space for introspection fosters a sense of inner peace. Furthermore, nurturing a supportive relationship with a soul mate provides a source of comfort and shared optimism in navigating life’s challenges together.

While it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the negativity that surrounds us, choosing to focus on gratitude, connection, and personal growth can help cultivate resilience in the face of adversity. By embracing these practices, we can strive to maintain a hopeful outlook and find pockets of light amid the darkness.

I find peace tending our hydroponic garden.

Spotlight on Plastic Surgery – Calf Implants

By Dr. Juris Bunkis

Calf implantation surgery, a procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the calves, is sought after for both reconstructive and aesthetic reasons.

Unilateral calf implantation is often performed to address asymmetry resulting from conditions like polio, spinal injury or club foot. In such cases, the surgery aims to restore balance and symmetry to the lower limbs. On the other hand, bilateral calf implantation is chosen by individuals wishing to achieve fuller and more sculpted calves for aesthetic purposes.

Similar to other types of implant surgeries such as chin, pectoral, or buttocks implants, calf implants are made of a soft solid material, lacking the liquid center typical of breast implants. This solid composition ensures permanent enhancement to the calves’ size and shape.

During the procedure, a short incision is made behind the knee. Pockets are then dissected downward on top of the medial and lateral heads of the gastrocnemius muscles, allowing for the placement of separate implants on each side of the calf. However, it’s important to note that calf augmentation is limited to the area above the bottom of the gastrocnemius muscles and cannot extend further down towards the ankle.

Despite this limitation, calf implantation surgery boasts a high patient satisfaction rate. Many individuals report feeling more confident and satisfied with their appearance following the procedure, making it a popular choice for those seeking to improve the aesthetics of their lower legs.

This Hispanic female in her mid-20’s had had at least ten surgical procedures for a spine birth defect. As a result, her left leg was underdeveloped and her legs were noticeably asymmetrical.  She is shown here before and after a left calf augmentation by Dr. Juris Bunkis.

This 23 year old fit female sought consultation with Dr. Bunkis and wished to have her calves augmented. She is shown here before and after calf implant surgery by Dr. Bunkis.

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