How Are Rib Modifications Performed?

Rib Cage Modification

How Are Rib Modifications Performed?

During this procedure, the amenable bottom floating ribs are removed. There are two basic approaches for rib cage modification: either to go through a modified tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) approach from the front of the body or to make two incisions on the patient’s back. Some patients prefer not to have those external scars on their back, so many opt for the modified abdominoplasty approach.

The floating ribs are removed with little to no discomfort. Floating ribs do offer minimal protection to the kidneys, so they are not fully resected during this procedure. Instead, only the front portion is removed. This allows for a smaller waist while also leaving protection for the kidneys.


How Is Recovery After Rib Modification?

Rib removal recovery, if done without a tummy tuck, is approximately 10-14 days. After this point, patients may return to working, walking, and functioning normally. This approach is not as common as the modified tummy tuck approach as most patients dislike scars on their backs.

If a patient opts for rib removal with the tummy tuck approach, the recovery time is also 10-14 days. 

Patients whose jobs require heavy lifting should take a full 6 weeks off after this procedure. It is recommended not to lift more than 10 pounds following this procedure until after the 6-week mark. 



If you are interested in rib cage modification, we encourage you to contact the surgeon today to schedule a private consultation. Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez, a double board-certified cosmetic surgeon and rib cage modification specialist, will best assess whether or not this treatment is suitable for your needs.

RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center offers a wide variety of cosmetic procedures to patients living in Austin, Buda, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Bastrop, Hutto, Leander, West Lake, Pflugerville, and all of Central Texas.

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