Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in waistline reduction by rib removal. Here are some selfies and staged shots of my waistline. In my professional pictures of course the illusion is altered with posing and editing to create more curve but Ive always worked at it. I was drawn to you and how you spoke on the Doctors show with the model Pixie. I’m an entertainer/model and still going strong into my forties. I’ve always been curious about whether Raquel Welsh had rib removal but never the less I am a student of improving what I can. My life’s ambition is to be one of the sexiest women in the world and to stand up for aging women to be considered still desirable and most importantly feel desirable.
A: Thank you for sending all of your pictures. Your current waistline is a fairly standard one from someone seeking surgical waistline reduction. Such a typical patient is in good shape and would have an acceptable waistline by most of society’s standards but such a patient seeks a higher goal than what weight loss, exercise, liposuction and even genetics can do. The last anatomic barrier to a smaller waistline is the free floating ribs, although I have developed the additional techniques of wedge LD muscle resection and more aggressive flank liposuction with it to ensure that all that can be done has been done to achieve the maximal waistline reduction effect.
Dr. Barry Eppley