Board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto offers several male enhancement procedures at his Orlando plastic surgery practice, including calf implant surgery. While women can also get calf implant surgery, it is more popular in men to create a more proportionate calf appearance. In men, this procedure is used to enhance fullness in the lower leg and to emphasize the muscle bellies. Calf augmentation is ideal for individuals who desire shapelier calves or stronger muscle definition in their lower legs. At Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery, patients will receive a thorough consultation to determine which size and shape silicone calf implants will meet the patient's needs and goals. Dr. Soto seeks to create results produce a smooth and natural contour in the lower leg.
During calf augmentation surgery, the legs are measured to determine the suitable size and shape of implant to use. The incision is then created in the natural line of the fascia, the fibrous tissue that covers the outer muscle. A special instrument is used to create a "pocket" between the fascia and the muscle, which is big enough for the implant insertion. Implants are typically inserted into the muscle, and the area is reshaped until the desired size is achieved. Because the muscle covers the actual silicone device, the calf looks and feels like real muscle. The wounds are then closed with stitches and once they dissolve, scarring is minimal due to the discreet location of the incision.
"Bridget and Amanda made a super weird and uncomfortable procedure quite easy! I was really nervous, but their calming manner and conversation relaxed me. The Geneveve treatment was completely painless and there was no down time. My significant other thoroughly enjoys the results as well."- K.M. / Yellowpages / Jun 26, 2017
"Lower Body Lift After 3 Kids and 65 Pound Loss - I’ve always been a yo-yo dieter. I’ve also had 3 kids that spanned from 2004 to 2016. At my highest weight I was 215 pounds. Somewhere between 2016 and 2020, I lost about 25 pounds. In January of this year, I weighed in at 188 and I decided enough was enough. So I started my journey. It never even occurred to me to get a lower body lift at that point. I just wanted to lose the weight. Well, in July, I broke into the 140’s. I was so pleased with my commitment, however I was left with a ton of skin after the babies and weight loss. I have very fair skin and have been told the fairer the skin, the thinner and therefor more saggy. Of course! I decided to go see Dr. Soto, after having a few other consultations with other doctors. I don’t know what it was but I felt more comfortable that he knew exactly how to mold me. I had my Lower body lift surgery on July 29th so I’m now 5 days post op. The first few days were rough. The first night I had immense acid reflux that wouldn’t go away. They tried, I just have a history of acid reflux and I would usually control it with Nexium. Well because my muscles were stitched and tightened, it put on that extra pressure and the acid just traveled upward. This was actually the worst part the first day. I opted for the Exparel, which I think was a huge reason I wasn’t in immense pain. It lasted for the first 3 days and now I just take a painkiller as needed, which isn’t often. Another side effect I wasn’t prepared for was the phlegm. It’s a side effect of the anesthesia but once you get that tickle in your throat, it’s very difficult not to cough. Coughing is not fun when you’ve had your muscles fixed. However, sometimes it’s necessary to rid yourself of the phlegm. On day 5, it doesn’t hurt as much as it did on day 2. So my biggest complaint up to this point has really been the acid reflux. I’m trying to learn how to control it with the foods that I eat. I’m instructed not to drink water and to opt for the fruit juices and Gatorades (something that won’t wash away those important electrolytes). Apple juice proved to be an acid builder so now it’s just Gatorade. It’s all trial and error for me right now but I wanted to share my first before and after photos with you all. Dr. Soto and his team have been very helpful, as I have had a lot of questions along the way. I was so sure he would have to do liposuction, however he did not and I’m still very pleased with my new body, even as heavily swollen as it is. I cannot wait to see my final result! You will see a pic of me at 215, then a before surgery body pic at 149 and then 1 day post op."- F. / RealSelf / Aug 03, 2020
"I Have Never Been So Happy! - Dr Armando is truly a perfectionist. He did such an amazing job on my Mommy Makeover. I waited 20 years for this procedure and I never expected to be this happy. My abdomen was a mess and I was so insecure it affected so much of my happiness. He has restored my confidence and I have the cutest belly button! Best decision I have ever made to choose him as my surgeon."- J. / RealSelf / Jul 23, 2020
"So Happy I Chose Dr. Soto! I ended up with 300cc’s moderate plus profile under the muscle - Dr. Soto is an amazing surgeon. His before and after photos caught my attention when I was searching for a plastic surgeon and after my consultation I knew he was the one! I booked the same day and had my surgery two weeks later! We discussed the results I wanted to achieve and the different options for the surgery. I ended up with 300cc’s moderate plus profile under the muscle with the incision in the crease under the breast. I wanted them a bit bigger but unfortunately my skin was too tight to stretch to my desired size. I don’t blame Dr. Soto for that though, he gave me a size that would fit my body and got me as close to my goal as he could. I emphasized I wanted fullness and cleavage and he definitely gave me that. On the day of surgery he asks for a photo of your desired results so he can get as close to it as possible, and I love that approach. We didn’t talk cc size at the consultation and I appreciated that because it’s so easy to get caught up with cc’s when really the same size implant will look different on everyone. Overall I highly recommend Dr. Soto, everyone told me he was the best in Orlando and I wholeheartedly agree!"- M. / RealSelf / Jul 22, 2020
"Dr. Armando Soto is amazing! - During my pregnancy with my beautiful son I unfortunately gained more weight than my skin could handle and I was left with stretch marks, loose skin and stretch marks all over my abdomen. I visited several surgeons but as soon as I met Dr.Soto I just knew he was the right surgeon for me. I had my Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift surgery with Dr. Soto July 1st. Leading up to the surgery I was extremely anxious, worried and I had panic attacks for days before the surgery. When I got to his office the morning of surgery I was extremely nervous, but he calmed me down so well and made me feel confident. Every staff member of his was very comforting, attentive and knowledgeable. And I loved his anesthesiologist too. I’m only 2 days post op and I look amazing!! My breasts look absolutely perfect, he has exceeded all of my expectations. When they took my binder off I saw my tummy and even though I’m very swollen, I already love my results. My scar is very low, and my belly button looks amazing. I am so so so glad that I put my trust into him. If you are considering getting a TT or breast lift, I highly recommend Dr.Soto. I’m looking forward to healing completely to see my final results, but as far as I’m concerned.. he’s made me beautiful!"- P. / RealSelf / Jul 03, 2020
Calf augmentation surgery normally takes about an hour per leg and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or IV sedation. After surgery, especially during the first week, crutches are required until the patient can stand and walk slowly. When lying down, legs should be elevated in order to reduce the swelling. A stretching regime will be prescribed that helps the legs get adapted to having the implants in place. Once the first week is up, the patient can walk longer and greater distances. The results are a shapelier, curvier lower leg that can last for many years.
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Calf Augmentation FAQs
Calf augmentation surgery is not confined to aesthetic purposes only. There are several illnesses or diseases that this procedure can help to correct a visual defect in the lower leg. Specifically, diseases such as Poliomyelitis and Spina Bifida can lead to a visible deformity. In addition, clubfoot where the heels and toes turn inward, as well as bow-legged conditions can also be corrected with implants.
Are Scars Noticeable?
The placement of the incision when it comes to cosmetic surgery (in most cases) is always along natural folds and creases of the area being treated so it can be easily concealed. For calf augmentation, the incision is located either behind the knee or under the front knee. When the scar heals, this strategic positioning will conceal the scar making it difficult to see.
How Long Will They Last?
The results from calf augmentation, just like with any other cosmetic surgery that uses implants, can last for approximately 10-15 years. However, once the patient ages, a shapelier calf may no longer be desired if it does not remain proportionate with the rest of the body. In some cases, patients can opt to have the implant removed if they wish. However, they are considered permanent until that decision is made.