Rib Modification in Austin Texas


Rib Cage Modification

For those looking to achieve a tighter, slimmer waistline, RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center offers rib cage modification surgery (also known as “rib removal surgery” or “rib resection”). This procedure resects floating ribs to help patients achieve the figure they desire. We offer this and other cosmetic surgeries to residents of Austin, Buda, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Bastrop, Hutto, Leander, West Lake, Pflugerville, and all of Central Texas.

What Is Rib Modification?

Rib cage modification is considered an exotic cosmetic surgical procedure because it is rarely performed. This procedure is most common for those in the transgender community or for women who have very boxy figures and would like a defined waist. Few surgeons are able to perform rib cage modification procedures, and it requires very highly skilled expertise in order to safely perform this surgery. 

Rib cage modification for waistline narrowing is a deeply misunderstood procedure. It is common for individuals to think that this is a dangerous procedure when in reality, it is safe when done by a surgeon who is well educated and trained in the procedure. Often, rib cage modification is called “rib cage removal,” however, this is a myth as the rib is not entirely removed. In fact, only a portion of the rib is removed allowing the remaining rib to perform as normal.

This procedure is designed to improve the shape of the waist by removing floating ribs that are not necessary for organ protection and take up space. Some patients can only achieve the waist size they desire with rib removal, with a greater chance of success when combined with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for more dramatic results.

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 very quite easily removed. 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. 

Extended Abdominoplasty with Rib Cage ModificationActual Patient who received an
Extended Abdominoplasty with Rib Cage Modification

What Is The Outcome Of This Procedure?

The outcome is a dramatically smaller waist, especially when combined with a tummy tuck. Removing the ribs allows the stomach muscles to be pulled even tighter during the tummy tuck.

The results are extremely natural, and they help a patient who feels that they have a boxy figure obtain an hourglass shape.


How Much Does A Rib Modification Cost?

To determine the cost of your rib cage modification, we invite you to schedule a private consultation at our practice. During your consultation, we will assess your cosmetic goals in order to pursue a treatment plan that matches your unique needs. Then, we will be able to provide you with a clear breakdown of the costs associated with your treatment. At RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center, we accept a number of payment and financing options, including cash, checks, money orders, major credit cards, and CareCredit® financing. We also offer simple and secure online payment options for the convenience of our patients.
If you would like to find out more about rib cage modification, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez, a double board-certified cosmetic surgeon and rib cage modification specialist. RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center offers a wide variety of cosmetic procedures to patients living in McAllen, Brownsville, the Rio Grande Valley, and all of South Texas.