Can Deltoid Muscle Removal be Done For Shoulder Narrowing?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m interested in shoulder reduction surgery with you. I have suffered from my wide shoulders since I can think of, can’t feel fully feminine cause of them. 

I am pleased to find out his surgery exists, however not much info and before after pictures are present hence I have no idea what it will look like on me. Also I’m curiosa why no deltoid reduction surgery was being offered so far, as it seems sensible for this issue perhaps even more?

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. I have done some imaging of them to show what I think can be accomplished with shoulder reduction by clavicle shortening. You can not reduce the thickness of the deltoid muscle for functional reasons and, even if you could, you can not approximate the 2.5 to 3cms reduction per side that is achieved with clavicle bone shortening.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana