Is Injection Fat Grafting into the Deltoid Muscles For Shoulder Augmentation Safe?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Is fat grafting to the deltoid muscles for shoulder augmentation safer than a BBL surgery? (Many deaths have occurred from bbl’s). I’d love to get my shoulders bigger.

A:The risk in BBL surgery in injecting fat deep into the gluteus musculature where large veins exist into which fat can inadvertently enter and become an emboli to the lungs. Such a large vein system does not exist in the deltoid muscles and, as a result, fat emboli are not a risk of occurring. Thus shoulder augmentation by fat injections is a perfectly safe procedure that does not have the risk profile that exists when injecting fat into the buttock region..

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana