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Understanding Rib Remodeling

Rib remodeling, also known as rib contouring or rib reduction, is unlike traditional plastic surgery procedures because it focuses on enhancing the patient’s structural anatomy rather than simply addressing skin and fat.

The waistline is defined superiorly by the lower ribs and inferiorly by the pelvic bone. Traditionally, techniques to narrow the waistline included liposuction to remove excess fat, muscle tightening procedures such as the corset in the abdominoplasty, and excess skin removal. The bony structures were left mostly untouched and that was the limit of our armamentarium.

In the past few decades, plastic surgeons have pushed the boundaries of what is able to be modified. Dr. Kutzaev from Russia described the rib corticotomy (controlled fracturing) for waist narrowing. Rib resection or removal has been described by many authors. Remodeling can also be achieved through controlled fracturing and plate fixation at a defined angle, a technique called Riboss (Aguilar, Colombia). Daniel and Carlos Oñate from Ecuador have popularized a minimally invasive technique of controlled rib fracturing on ribs 10, 11, and 12 though an incision smaller than 1 centimeter. The anatomy is studied through a 3D CT of the thorax. The procedure is carried out under general anesthesia by itself or with other procedures like liposuction. The patient recuperates with the use of a corset for a two-month period.

The combination of soft tissue and bony techniques have allowed plastic surgeons to further aesthetic expectations in body contouring. During your consult, Dr. Salama will go over the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have.

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Why Choose Rib Remodeling

Aesthetic Refinement: Many people choose rib remodeling to enhance their overall body contour. This procedure can help create an hourglass figure or a more tapered waistline, which is often difficult to achieve through diet and exercise alone.

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Who is a good candidate for Rib Remodeling?

Rib remodeling is a specialized plastic surgery procedure that can yield remarkable results, but not everyone is an ideal candidate. To determine if you’re a suitable candidate for rib remodeling, consider the following factors:

Health and Fitness: Good candidates for rib remodeling should be in good overall health, with no underlying medical conditions that could pose risks during surgery or hinder the healing process. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and fitness level can also contribute to a successful outcome.

Realistic Expectations: It’s essential to have realistic expectations about the results of rib remodeling. While this procedure can significantly enhance your body’s appearance, it’s vital to understand its limitations and discuss your goals openly with your surgeon.

Specific Concerns: If you have specific concerns about your ribcage, such as prominent ribs, you may be an excellent candidate for rib remodeling. This procedure is tailored to address unique issues.

Psychological Readiness: Plastic surgery is a significant decision, and candidates should be psychologically prepared for the process. Ensure that your motivations for undergoing rib remodeling are well-founded and that you’re mentally ready for the procedure and recovery.

Consultation with a Qualified Surgeon: The best way to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for rib remodeling is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in this procedure. During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your medical history, assess your ribcage’s structure, and discuss your goals and expectations. They will provide personalized recommendations and help you make an informed decision about whether rib remodeling is the right choice for you.

Recovery and Results

Recovery from rib remodeling may involve some discomfort, swelling, and bruising, but these symptoms typically subside within a few weeks. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for a period and to wear a compression garment for two months to support the healing process. Results become more evident as swelling diminishes, with final results typically visible within a few months.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in rib remodeling is crucial. Patients should schedule consultations to discuss their goals, ask questions, and ensure they have a clear understanding of the procedure’s risks and benefits.

Schedule your rib remodeling consult with Dr. Salama today.

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