Dr. Brian Braithwaite and Dr. Lorri Cobbins of The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago detail various mastopexy techniques offered at their practice.
Chicago, IL — Mastopexy – commonly referred to as breast lift surgery – is intended to rejuvenate the appearance of breasts that have lost volume and begun to sag as a result of pregnancy, weight fluctuations, gravity, and a variety of other factors. At The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago, board certified plastic surgeons Brian Braithwaite, MD and Lorri Cobbins, MD offer three different breast lift techniques, allowing them to select the most beneficial approach based on each individual’s unique needs and desired outcome.
According to Dr. Braithwaite, the first technique is called a “concentric ring” or “doughnut” mastopexy. Considered to be the least invasive of the three options, the Chicago plastic surgeon says this approach involves an incision made around the areola, the removal of excess skin, and repositioning of the nipple. For patients who need and/or desire a more dramatic change to the breasts, however, he notes that the second technique – known as a “circumvertical” or “lollipop” mastopexy – may be a better option. In addition to an incision encircling the areola, Dr. Braithwaite states that the circumvertical method involves a vertical incision extending down the breast, which enables a greater degree of tissue repositioning.
The third option, notes Dr. Cobbins, is referred to as an “anchor” mastopexy. She says the technique is named for its distinctive incision pattern that encircles the areola, continues vertically down the breast, and extends along the inframammary crease, creating the shape of an anchor. Although this approach is considered more invasive, Dr. Cobbins suggests that it allows for the most significant amount of tissue repositioning, and it is often utilized for qualified candidates who require substantial lifting and contouring.
Regardless of the mastopexy technique ultimately employed, the Chicago plastic surgeons stress that incisions will be made as inconspicuously as possible without compromising results. Furthermore, depending on the patient’s cosmetic goals and tissue characteristics, they say each approach is able to be combined with a breast augmentation for enhanced outcomes.
About Brian Braithwaite, MD
Dr. Braithwaite graduated from the University of Chicago and earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He then completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Louisville. In addition to being certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Braithwaite is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
About Lorri Cobbins, MD
Dr. Cobbins earned her medical degree from Saint Louis University. She then completed a five-year Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) residency as well as her formal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at the University of Louisville Medical Center. Dr. Cobbins is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and she is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She also maintains active membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins are both available for interview upon request.
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