Custom Body Implant Surgery

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NOTE: These images are un-retouched un-posed clinical images, of actual Dr Hodgkinson patients.
Custom Body Implants

Correction of polands syndrome using a customised silicone chest wall implant, 1 year post operative

About The Procedure

Customising implants is a means whereby a deformity of the limbs or trunk can be repaired by using a solid silicone implant.  These solid silicone implants do not break or leak, unlike breast implants.   Dr Hodgkinson has been using these specialised implants for over 30 years. 

The process is that a “moulage” or model of the patient’s defect is produced which perfectly replicates their body, then the model is sent to a specialised company in the United States and a customised implant is designed and produced specifically for the patient.  That product can then be inserted through a small incision to re-create the symmetry of the body.

Dr Hodgkinson has especially used this technique for chest wall implants, particularly to address Poland’s Syndrome, ruptures of the deltoid, biceps, triceps, gluteal and calf muscles. An excellent example of a rare case, where Dr Hodgkinson used two implants, one for the biceps and one for the triceps is shown in the images below.



  • What are custom body implants?

    Custom body implants are implants that are made specifically for the patient to camouflage their specific defect. The way that this is done is that Dr Hodgkinson in consultation with the patient assesses the defect and makes a plaster mould of the exact deficit that the patient is trying to mask. This mould is then sent off to a manufacturer in the United States who makes a solid silicone implant to match the exact dimensions of the required implant. The implant can be manufactured in various levels of hardness, called durometers, to mimic the tissue it is supposed to replicate muscle, bone etc.
    Areas and conditions for which Dr Hodgkinson has used custom body implants include:

    • Chest Wall Deformities
        Poland’s Syndrome
        Pectus Excavatum
        Pectus Carinatum
        Chest Asymmetry due to Scoliosis
    • Muscle Tears, Muscle Injury or Muscle Atrophy including Birth Defects
        Calf Implants (these can also be off the shelf if the sizing is appropriate)
        Pectoral Implants (these can also be off the shelf if the sizing is appropriate)
        Bicep Implants
        Tricep Implants
        Deltoid Implants
    Chest Wall Deformities
    Before & After Correction of Poland’s Syndrome with a Custom Chest Wall Implant by Dr Hodgkinson


  • Do you do implants for the arms, especially triceps?

    Custom body implants can be used to mimic the volume of the biceps and triceps muscles. Dr Hodgkinson has only used these implants where there is a marked asymmetry of the two sides due to a muscle injury or tear.

    Before & After Insertion of Custom Triceps Implant by Dr Hodgkinson
  • Are there deltoid muscle implants?

    There are no manufactured deltoid implants.  These are custom made body implants which must be made specifically to meet the need of the patient and to fit their defect.  These cases are uncommon, however, due to Dr Hodgkinson’s reputation for custom body implants and over thirty years experience in customising implants for patients with muscular injuries, defects and atrophy, he has had to opportunity to treat a few of these patients with deltoid injuries with custom solid silicone implants and achieve excellent results.

    Before and After Custom Deltoid Implant by Dr Hodgkinson