Pectus Excavatum

Pectus excavatum is a deformity of the rib cage that causes a concave in the center of the chest. A breast augmentation with implants set in a wider position on the chest can decrease the appearance of a sunken chest wall for an instant confidence boost. 

Is Pectus Excavatum right for you ?

Pre and Post Operative Instructions

Fortunately, most women with pectus excavatum are excellent candidates for breast augmentation, but it is crucial to work with a plastic surgeon with experience in this specific condition. Only the most severe cases affecting the heart and lungs may be contraindicated for the surgery since the anesthesia could pose significant risks.

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will perform an extensive exam and take time to understand your goals and medical history to determine if this is the best procedure for you.


While breast augmentation does not correct a chest wall deformity, it can have numerous benefits for women with pectus excavatum, including: 

Less noticeable center chest concave


Correction of breast asymmetries that are common with pectus excavatum


Fuller, more shapely breasts with more defined cleavage


Breasts that are proportionate to the rest of the body contour


Better fit to clothing & increased confidence


Before surgery

A patient care concierge will guide you through the entire consultation process, which can be attended in person or virtually. During the consultation, your surgeon will learn about your goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create a personalized surgical plan. You will then be matched with a surgical coordinator who will walk you through each step of the preoperative process.

Stop smoking
Fill prescriptions
Stop medications and supplements that exacerbate bleeding
Plan time away from work, childcare, and pet care for recovery
Find a family member or friend to bring you home and assist you after surgery

During surgery

While your procedure will be similar to a breast augmentation with implants, factors specific to pectus excavatum must be considered for optimal results. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will help determine these decisions to create your unique surgical plan. 

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Pectus Excavatum

Implant Type & Texture: Barrett Plastic Surgery recommends textured silicone implants for patients with pectus excavatum since less natural breast tissue is usually present. The silicone implant will be less likely to show rippling, and the textured surface will help prevent the implant from migrating to the center of the chest.

Implant Size & Profile: A conservative implant size is critical for patients with pectus excavatum to lower their risk of moving toward the medial axis, creating an unnatural appearance. The right implant profile (or how long it projects from the chest wall) will depend on the severity of the condition, but it is important to consider when creating natural-looking cleavage. 

Placement: Placing the implant beneath the muscle, or submuscular, is typically recommended for patients with pectus excavatum with a lateral extension of the breast pocket to prevent implants from moving too close together.

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Surgery Duration
2 hours

After surgery

It is normal to experience soreness and swelling for the first two weeks following your breast augmentation. Pain relievers and cold compresses are typically used to ease these side effects during the early portion of the recovery process.

Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for optimal post-operative care, including an advanced scar management protocol after the initial healing period. Your surgical team is always available and will closely monitor your recovery in the weeks and months following surgery.

Initial Healing Period
1 week
Final Results
6 months
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