Can Pectoral Implants Increase Chest Projection Out To Where My Flared Ribs Are?

Q: Dr. Eppley, While one of my goals is to reduce the sternum gap, my main goal is actually to make it so that my profile from the side appears more normal, potentially by increasing the size / projection of my pectoral muscles so that they are in front of my (flared) ribs like normal, rather than behind. Another surgeon suggested that standard pectoral implants could be used to accomplish this but was curious if you had an alternative take.

A: Thank you for the clarification to which I can make the following comments:

1) To achieve a chest projection that is enough to meet the projection of the flared ribs that is probably at least 4cms….a projection that almost no standard pectoral implant can achieve with the exception of the PowerFlex Plus implant at 3.9cms with 600cc volume. Whether its dimensions of 15cm tall x 20 cm wide would be adequate for your chest remains to be determined. Your chest augmentation goals are right on the cusp of needing custom pectoral implants

2) The placement of any pectoral implant, by definition, is not going to make the sternal gap appreciably less as submuscular implants do not change the existing muscular insertion along the sternum.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana