What Size Deltoid Implants Do I Need?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in deltoid implants which amongst other procedures as I learned you are very skilled at. I have pictures for my shoulder which are attached. The dimensions for the augmentation are 16cm measured from clavicule down lateral view to end of the deltoid in the center line, the widest part is around 10cms with a projection of 2 cm.
A: Thank you for sending your shoulder augmentation desire and dimensions. Deltoid implants are one of the most uncommon type of body implants but requested for them are becoming more frequent. One of the reasons I asked for them is to have a vision as to where the patient sees the location of the deltoid augmentation and the dimensions that the implants have to be. As there is no off-the-shelf premade deltoid implants, I have to either use an existing style of body implant (usually a calf implant or a custom silicone carving block) or have a custom one made. As it turns out there is an existing silicone carving block with the dimensions of 16 cms long, 9 cms. wide and 2 cms. high. So that does fit the dimensions you have given although although that is probably a bit big. A more appropriate deltoid implant size would be 14cm long, 7 cm wide and 1.5 cm high. The other consideration is knowing the location and the implant size I have think about the incisional location to put it in during surgery. Usually this is done from the back side of the shoulder rather than a direct incision over it.
Dr. Barry Eppley