What is it for?
- Improves the appearance of the thorax by correcting the sternum depression
What does it mean?
- The correction of severe cases of pectus excavatum (depression of the sternum in the mid-thorax) is usually performed during infancy at specialized centres. There are, however, less severe cases that do not provoke functional compromise, but which alter the aesthetics of the trunk and create some problems of social and even psychological discomfort. Nowadays, it is possible to substantially improve these cases by using silicone prostheses adapted to the shape of the defect, filling it and making the chest more regular, placing the implant through a tunnel created under the skin. Fat grafting (lipofilling) can improve the final result by creating a greater thickness of coverage of the prosthesis under the skin
Type of anaesthesia
- An horizontal scar is positioned in the midline of the transition between the chest and the abdomen
- Usually 1 day in hospital, some cases may be performed as outpatient
- Usually you can return to work in 5-7 days provided that it does not require exertion. Sports can be resumed after 6 weeks. You should also use a compressive garment (recommended by our team) for 6 weeks. After a few months, the scars usually acquire a tone similar to the surrounding skin, becoming less conspicuous
Most frequent problems and risks
- Initially there may be some swelling and bruising. The risks of hematoma, infection or extrusion of the prosthesis are less frequent. There may be excessive scarring. In the long term, capsular contracture may appear in some cases (thickening of the capsule that naturally forms around any silicone prosthesis), leading to a cutaneous deformation