What is Clavicle Shortening?
Shoulder width reduction or clavicle shortening surgery is an effective way to decrease the size of your shoulders to give women a more feminine physique. This is very popular among the transgender community looking to alter their bone structure for feminization.
Dr. Leif Rogers is one of the only surgeons globally that performs this extremely technical surgery that affects both form, function, and mobility of the shoulder while cosmetic in nature. Dr. Rogers will surgically remove a small piece of the clavicle bone, also referred to as the collar bone, to reduce the width of the shoulders.
Clavicle shortening surgery length can vary depending on several factors such as the complexity of the case and the extent of the bone removal. However, the procedure generally takes around 1 to 2 hours to complete.
Recovery from this surgery can take up to 4 months to see optimal results. Patients will wear a sling for about two weeks post surgery and are advised not to exercise for 6 weeks after the procedure.
Clavicle shortening surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. This means that the patient will be completely unconscious and will not feel any pain during the surgery.
Benefits of Clavicle Shortening
Who Qualifies for Clavicle Shortening?
Candidates for clavicle shortening surgery should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the surgery and recovery process. The procedure is typically reserved for patients with significant functional limitations or cosmetic concerns related to their clavicle length, as it is a complex and delicate procedure that carries some risks and requires a significant commitment to post-operative rehabilitation.
The decision to undergo clavicle shortening surgery is a personal one and should be made in consultation with a qualified surgeon who can help evaluate the patient’s individual condition and goals.
How to Prepare for Clavicle Shortening?
Insurance Coverage Options
Transgender procedures are covered by some insurance providers. While every insurance provider is different, we want to help ensure care is affordable for all our patients. We are happy to help you work with your provider to go over your options. Please contact us to get started.
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