Achieve an Hourglass Figure with Rib Removal
For some patients, losing weight or undergoing a body contouring procedure does not bring them the curvy figure they desire. Often, a low rib cage can eliminate the appearance of a natural waist. At Clínica Trapero in Mazatlán, Mexico, Dr. Conrado Trapero offers cosmetic rib removal to help patients achieve greater curves. During cosmetic rib removal, Dr. Trapero uses a small incision to carefully remove your last one or two ribs for a natural, hourglass shape. He can also combine this treatment with one of our other body contouring procedures, such as liposuction, tummy tuck, or a mommy makeover.
Candidates for Rib Removal
This procedure is not as common as other body contouring treatments. In general, Dr. Trapero only recommends rib removal for patients who have already exhausted other methods of achieving the figure they desire. Some patients undergo liposuction or a tummy tuck and still have a very straight figure. In these cases, removing one or two ribs from the bottom of the ribcage can create the curves they desire. However, this procedure is not recommended for women who already have natural curves, as it can distort their figure without reaching their aesthetic goals. To qualify for rib removal, you must already be at a healthy weight.
At Clínica Trapero, Dr. Conrado Trapero offers cosmetic rib removal to help patients achieve greater curves.
The Rib Removal Procedure
In most cases, rib removal is combined with an additional body contouring procedure, such as liposuction or abdominoplasty, to achieve better results. Combining procedures can affect the duration of treatment as well as recovery. Typically, a stand-alone rib removal surgery lasts about one and a half hours, with each side taking between 30 and 40 minutes.
During this procedure, Dr. Trapero will first ensure that you are comfortable, using anesthetic or sedation. He will then make small incisions, usually about five centimeters, on the back above the ribs. Once the ribs are removed, he will close the incisions, taking care to limit potential scarring.
Your Rib Removal Recovery
While recovery from rib removal as a stand-alone treatment is not long, you are subject to the recovery time of any additional procedures you choose along with rib removal. For example, if you add rib removal to a mommy makeover, you will require two full nights of recovery time in the hospital.
In general, we recommend that all of our patients remain in Mazatlán for at least one week after treatment. For mommy makeovers, we often advise an additional few days to ensure Dr. Trapero or a member of our team can respond quickly to any complications.
After your procedure, we will provide you with a compression garment to train the new curves of your body. Wearing this garment helps ensure optimal results. Typically, patients wear the garment for at least one month, though we may instruct you to wear it longer.
Enhance Your Figure
At Clínica Trapero, we are dedicated to patient safety. To learn more about the rib removal procedure, or our other body contouring procedures, send our office a message or call us at (667) 712-7888. If you have been struggling to reach the hourglass figure you desire, rib removal may be able to help.
“I believe that every patient should be treated with respect, compassion, and the highest quality of care.” Conrado Trapero, M.D.