Will Deltoid Augmentation Decrease The Prominence Of My Clavicles?

Q: Dr. Eppley, my clavicles on both sides stick up. Have you dealt with this surgery before – do you recommend anything (would deltoid implants resolve this)? I don’t want huge shoulders, just bones not so prevalent and I don’t want scars. Appreciate any feedback.

Deltoid Augmentation for Prominent Clavicles Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisA: I have seen and treated prominent clavicles before and they are not rare. From an anatomical standpoint, the clavicle or collarbone is the only long bone in the body that lies horizontally as it connects the medial sternum to the lateral scapula. The knob at the acromial end of the bone can be felt in anyone but in some people this bony bump is very prominent as a bulge underneath the skin on top of the shoulder. This occurs due to either more bone in some people or less surrounding fat in others.

Cosmetic camouflage can be done by bony reduction by burring but this creates a scar which you have eliminated as an option. Deltoid implants are not appropriate for camouflage as this type of implant fits over the larger muscle belly of the deltoid which is more to the side of the shoulder. The only scarless treatment option would be injectable fat grafting. Since a thin fat layer is one reason why a prominent clavicular knob is seen, fat grafting around the knob and out into the deltoid muscle belly provides the best treatment option. While fat graft survival is unpredictable and survives least in areas of thin fat with tight overlying skin, it is the one true scarless camouflage method. What may be helpful is deltoid augmentation by fat grafting not implants.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana