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. The surgery starts by creating a small incision along the clavicle bone, removing the periosteum that covers the bone, and then using a special drill to excise a portion of the bone. Once the bone is removed, a supportive metal plate is installed to connect the two ends together and allow the bone to heal. Protective tissue is reconnected and the incision is then closed. Dr. Rogers suggests removing only a small piece at a time in order to maintain full range of motion.
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.
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