Is Rib Repositioning Just As Good As Rib Removal For Waistline Narrowing?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m really interested in waistline narrowing, I’ve tried Lipo and had a BBL but I still do not have the feminine waistline I want . I saw there is such a thing as rib repositioning as opposed to traditional removal and wondered if this would be a good option for me since I really want minimal scar and to recover as quickly as possible so I can get back to my normal activities.

A: There is no real scar difference between rib fracture and rib removal for waistline narrowing as both require access to the ribs. The former relies on 3 months of postop compression to produce a result that averages less than 50% of rib removal outcomes. There is no real recovery difference as rib fractures take just as long to feel goods again as rib removal.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon