A 33-year-old member asked:
can a concaved chest (pectus excavatum) be fixed with chest implants/plastic surgery instead of a hospital operation?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Otto Placik answered
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 answered
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
Dr. Tom Pousti answered
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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