An hourglass figure has been a long sought-after body ideal, regardless of weight or body type. Having that contrast from bust to waist to hips is a curvy option that many women aspire to achieve.

Body enhancements such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, liposuction, or derriere lifts have all become commonplace. Rib removal is yet another form of surgical intervention to acquire a desired physical outcome. While historians claim that the procedure has been around since the Victorian era, most U.S. board-certified surgeons will not perform this type of body modification.

Risky Business

The ribs serve an essential purpose in protecting vital body organs including the heart, lungs, etc. Rib removal in the United States would only be warranted in cases of bone cancer or developmental growth issues. Recovery from rib removal surgeries is painful and can take months, and will most likely leave behind scars. The surgery removes the 11th and 12th ribs to create the appearance of a slimmer waist.

Body Modification Vacations

Determined individuals will look into medical tourism as an alternative for getting their ribs removed. They will travel to spots like Mexico for these procedures. But make no mistake as this surgery is dangerous even under the care of the most experienced surgeon. It’s certainly no vacation either.

There are healthy alternative methods to achieve a smaller waistline including diet and an exercise regime. Rib removal is truly a drastic and dangerous body modification procedure.

There are healthy alternative methods to achieve a smaller waistline including diet and the right exercise regime.  Rib removal is truly a drastic and dangerous body modification procedure.

Reference

  1. Amorasak, M. Rib Removal for a Smaller Waist: Is it For Real? PlasticSurgeryPortal.com website.  http://www.plasticsurgeryportal.com/articles/rib-removal-waist-reduction/291