Shoulder (Deltoid) Implants

About Deltoid Implant Surgery (Shoulder Implants)

Deltoid implant surgery (shoulder implant) is a procedure for people who want more bulk and definition in their upper body. Shoulder implants can also be used to correct deformities that were caused by injury or trauma.

As with other implant procedures, shoulder implants are customizable. Doctor Shahin Javaheri specializes in deltoid implants and offers customized solutions that will give your body the shape and definition you want. Scarring is minimal and almost unnoticeable by an untrained eye.

If you are interested in deltoid augmentation, contact Dr. Shahin Javaheri for a consultation in San Francisco.

Who is a Good Candidate for Shoulder Implants?

The ideal candidate for deltoid implants is someone who wants to add more bulk to their shoulder area. Some individuals have more definition in their upper body than others. This has to do with genetics. If you are someone who spends hours working out at the gym but still lacks the definition you want, you may be a good candidate for deltoid implants.

Of course, there are other factors that make people good candidates for body contouring. Shoulder implant surgery is still surgery so it’s important that you’re healthy enough to undergo this type of procedure. We generally find that the following individuals are ideal candidates: 

  • Healthy, non-smoking individuals 
  • No underlying health conditions 
  • Wants to correct trauma or congenital disorders
  • Wishes to build muscle mass in the shoulders 
  • Has realistic expectations
  • Can take time off work to rest and recover 

What are the Different Types of Deltoid Augmentation?

While shoulder implant surgery can be used on both men and women, it’s most commonly requested by bodybuilding athletes to further enhance their muscular definition. Muscle transplants are not an option for the shoulder area, so cosmetic surgeons lean toward fat injections or deltoid implants. 

The reason why we typically don’t recommend fat injections is because the fat doesn’t always last. On the other hand, silicone implants are soft, natural-looking, and long-lasting. They offer stable volume retention, and the solid silicone will not “leak out.”

Implants can safely and effectively be inserted into the triceps, biceps, and deltoids:

  • Triceps. This incision is made close to the elbow on the inside of the arm. The size of the implant depends on the space around the muscle and the size of your arm.
  • Biceps. A small incision is made on the medial part of the arm. This allows Dr. Shahin Javaheri to maneuver the implants correctly.
  • Deltoids. This incision is made between the deltoid and pectoral muscles. The implant is in the shape of an oval and is sometimes further enhanced with fat grafting. Sutures are used for healing.

Preparing for Deltoid Implant Surgery

Many clients have questions about preparing for deltoid implant surgery. The good news is that this procedure is minimally invasive and has good results. The best way to prepare is by maintaining good health. Here are some of the things we recommend before having deltoid augmentation: 

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight 
  • Continue exercising (if you exercise) 
  • Avoid certain medications and supplements such as dietary medications, hormone supplements, herbal supplements, blood thinners, and NSAIDs 
  • Get your preoperative testing done, as some clients need bloodwork and medical clearances 

We also recommend preparing in advance for your recovery. Rushing your recovery is not in your favor and can interfere with healthy healing. Find a friend or relative who can drive you to and from our surgery center and help out at home while you recover.

Also, plan time off work. Most people need to take 1-2 weeks off work, but it depends on the type of work you do. Give yourself more time to heal if your job requires heavy lifting or long hours on your feet.

Finally, shop for the appropriate supplies so that you have them on hand. These include gauze, antibiotic ointments, and over-the-counter medications like pain relievers.

What Can I Expect from a Shoulder Implant Surgery?

Shoulder implants are generally made from soft silicone and are customized to your exact needs by Dr. Shahin Javaheri. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, with procedure times lasting between 1-2 hours.

During the procedure, Dr. Shahin Javaheri will make an incision in the deltoid muscle area. The fascia, or outer covering of the muscles, is removed and another incision is made here. The implant is then placed into this pocket. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures and subcuticular sutures under the skin – not on top.

Overall, deltoid implants are minimally invasive. When you come out of sedation, you shouldn’t feel much pain. However, you likely will feel some pressure on the affected area, similar to what you would feel after working out. Pain is generally well-controlled using prescription painkillers and antibiotics.

Recovery from Shoulder Implants

Most people do very well with recovery. It can take up to a month to heal, so it’s important to be patient. Some clients have trouble raising their arms, but this is only temporary. The implant needs time to settle, and the existing deltoid muscles need to stretch over the implant. Once this happens, you will feel a decrease in discomfort and see a better range of motion.

It’s also important to know that you will have to ease into your workouts. Dr. Shahin Javaheri will let you know when the right time for this is, but most people can return after 4-6 weeks. Full healing takes about 6 months.

Potential Risks and Complications of Deltoid Augmentation

As with any cosmetic surgery, there are a few risks to keep in mind. Dr. Shahin Javaheri will go over all of these with you. While rare, here are some potential complications to be aware of: 

  • Scarring. There may be some scarring from the incision. This depends on how your body heals. 
  • Nerve or muscle damage. With a good surgeon, this is rare. However, muscle or nerve damage can happen during many surgeries. 
  • Infection. Taking your antibiotics and keeping the incision clean will help prevent infection.
  • Seromas. A seroma is a collection of fluid that builds up under the surface of your skin. It can happen after some surgical procedures.
  • Bleeding. By stopping certain supplements and medications, you can prevent the risk of blood clots or excessive bleeding.

FAQs about Deltoid Implant Surgery 

To sum things up, here are the most frequently asked questions about deltoid implant surgery in San Francisco.

What is deltoid implant surgery?

Deltoid augmentation is a procedure that adds more bulk and definition in the upper arms. It can also be used to correct deformities or reconstruct the shoulders following an injury or accident.

Usually, though, this procedure is most popular among men who are not developing the muscle mass and definition they’re working for in the gym. Everyone’s genetics are different, and some men can’t achieve this bulk unless they have some help.

How much does deltoid augmentation cost?

There are many factors that affect the cost of deltoid implant surgery, but you can expect a starting cost of $3,000 to $5,000 here in San Francisco. Keep in mind that this is only for the cost of the surgery. Other costs to account for include anesthesia, surgical center fees, post-surgical garments, pain medications, and more.

SF Plastic Surgeon offers free consultations. We encourage people to take advantage of them, as this allows Dr. Shahin Javaheri to provide you with a customized quote. This way, you’ll know exactly what deltoid implants will cost you.

How do I know whether shoulder implants are right for me?

During your consultation, you’ll be able to discuss whether or not you’re a good candidate for deltoid implants. Generally speaking, this procedure is ideal for people who are not achieving the results they want in the gym. If you’re lacking muscle mass and definition, deltoid implants will give you the look you’re after. 

What is the recovery like after a shoulder implant surgery?

Expect at least one month to heal. You will need at least one week off from work – more if you have a strenuous job. Proper healing is critical for this surgery because the implant needs time to adjust, and the muscles need to be able to stretch over the implant. You will have some discomfort and may be unable to lift your arms for a few weeks, but most clients manage their pain with antibiotics and painkillers.

How do I book a consultation for deltoid implant surgery?

You can book a consultation with SF Plastic Surgeon by calling or texting this number: 415-923-3800. Or visit this page and fill out our form for a virtual consultation. We find that many people prefer this because they can get the information they need without having to schedule an appointment and come to our San Francisco office.