Rib Removal Surgery

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 32 years old women coming from France. I ‘m interested about the rib removal surgery. Since 5 years ago I am focused on my large waistline. I have tried corset, diet and exercise but no result. I think is because I have a athletic body shape and no much fat in my body. That’s why I come to you to narrow my waist, the only way is the surgery. I would like to know the price of this surgery all inclusive and how long I have to stay before returning in France. As requested you will find my pictures. 

1) I have also heard that rib can grow back so it’s reversible it is true?
2) I have a thick skin so would it impact the result of my waist?

Thank you in advance.
A:Thank you for sending your picture. In answer to your questions about rib removal surgery:

1) In an adult removed portions of ribs will NOT grow back. Regrowth of surgically removed ribs is an urban myth.

2) Your thicker skin will not negatively impact the result. I always combine waistline liposuction with rib removal to maximize the result.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana