Can An Implant Restore The Shape Of A Turn Retracted Bicep Muscle?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a torn bicep and it looks like I only have half the muscle. I was wondering if an implant could cover that up and look normal either with half the implant or the full one.

A: While an implant is the only option to create some restoration of bicep shape I would not consider that it would look normal compared to the other side. Bicep implants are placed either under the muscle on the bone or on top of the muscle under the fascia. With a torn retracted muscle neither of those standard implant locations exist. Now the implant has to be placed mainly in the subcutaneous tissues and be positioned up onto the residual bicep muscle mass. Thus the restoration of some muscle mass can be achieved  but how the implant-muscle interface would appear requires pictures from numerous angles with the muscle flexed and non-flexed for a more in depth analysis.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon