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Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills and Hollywood

Posted On: September 09, 2008 Author: The Office of Dr. Stuart Linder Posted In: Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, Home

Many patients do not have the normal flat sternal chest wall.  Actually, they present with concavities, referred to as a “pectus excavatum.”  They may have the opposite, which is a bow chest or pigeon chest called the “pectus carinatum.”

In any case, a website referred to as www.thisislondon.co.uk, chose a photograph of Tori Spelling of 90210 last month strolling around Beverly Hills.

They specifically show photographs of her sternal cleavage area.  They consider this to be a mysterious sunken chest type of problem.  In reality, although this appears more, at least from the photograph, to be apparently a chest wall defect such as a pectus excavatum; where the chest wall simply never developed normally where the sternum is depressed and it fold inward and therefore causes the obvious type of inward deformity that is seen in any woman’s chest that would be borne with a pectus excavatum.

In my practice, fixing a pectus excavatum can be performed either with breast implants or with implants and a breast lift.

Patients who have very severe pectus excavatum make it very difficult to develop normal cleavage.  This can easily be corrected in the most severe cases by both placing an implant behind the muscle and performing as necessary a formal mastopexy (tightening procedure), which will allow the implants to be brought more to the midline and reduce the obvious cleavage problems and the depression that is seen in the middle of women’s chest with pectus excavatum.