Q: Dr. Eppley, I have noticed patients gaining shoulder width on each shoulder by 3cm using implants.
1) Do the implants stay in place during your entire life?
2) what happens when you gwt the implants done and then start exercising afterwards and start gaining muscle on the deltoids? will that not arise problems?
A: You are referring to deltoid implants, also known as shoulder widening implants, of which the most common widths are 1.5 cms or less per side. In answer to your questions:
1) Like all implants placed in the body, deltoid implants become surrounded by scar tissue (encapsulated) which holds the implant in position lifelong.
2) Like all muscle implants, most of which sit on top of the muscle and under its fascia, they are carried outward in an uncomplicated fashion with any increase in the size of the muscle.
Dr. Barry Eppley