A 33-year-old member asked:
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can a concaved chest (pectus excavatum) be fixed with chest implants/plastic surgery instead of a hospital operation?

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Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
It's still surgery: The answer is yes, it can be fixed with implants (not the best solution) and/or plastic surgery. Either procedure is surgery. In the past a procedure called the nuss procedure was used to correct the shape of the rib cage using an implanted metal plate and i assume you are referring to this procedure. Recently fat injections have been used to correct minor deformities.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Alvin Cohn
25 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes. fat grafting .: Fat grafting tecniques allow for fat and bulk to soften the appearance of the depression associated with pectus excavatum. This technique is much less involved than some of the more traditional manners of correcting this problem. It can be performed as an outpatient with minimal recovery, scarring, or down time.
Answered on Dec 23, 2013
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Dr. Alvin Cohn
Dr. Alvin Cohn commented
25 years experience Plastic Surgery
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i agree with Dr. Spiers. fat grafting only fixes the external appearance.
Dec 8, 2012
Dr. Jon Spiers
Dr. Jon Spiers commented
30 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Just remember, this technique just addresses the cosmetic defect, not the mechanical one. If you also have issues other than just the appearance, a different treatment modality may be better for you
Dec 8, 2012
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes : Assuming the pectus excavatum does not require reconstruction for physiological purposes ( limitation of cardiopulmonary function for example), the “defect” can be camouflaged with custom-made silicone implants.
Answered on Apr 7, 2013

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Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
No knowledge.: Have heard about magnets, but have no personal experience. Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) can be effected without surgery using an external brace.

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