Dr. Brian Braithwaite and Dr. Lorri Cobbins of The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago reveal how fat transfer can enhance several areas of body, including the face, breasts, and buttocks.
Chicago, IL — At The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago, board-certified plastic surgeons Brian Braithwaite, MD and Lorri Cobbins, MD strive to remain at the forefront of the ever-advancing field of cosmetic surgery. As part of this mission, the two physicians are quick to adopt the latest, most innovative aesthetic treatments that have proven to achieve excellent results both safely and effectively. One such procedure that Drs. Cobbins and Braithwaite offer is fat grafting – a revolutionary technique that can be utilized to improve the volume, contour, and overall appearance of several different areas of the face and body.
According to a recent blog post on the Chicago plastic surgeons’ website, “Fat grafting can often be a great option for patients seeking to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as for those who are interested in improving the shape and/or volume of the cheeks, breasts, buttocks, and various other regions of the face and body.” The article goes on to mention additional benefits of fat grafting can include no allergy testing prior to treatment, minimal discomfort, long-lasting – often permanent – results, and body contouring in the area from which fat was transferred.
To perform the procedure, Dr. Braithwaite explains that liposuction will first be employed to extract fat from an area of the body that has a sufficient amount of fatty tissue present. Once removed, he says the fat will be filtered, purified, and reinjected into the patient’s targeted area(s) of concern using a sterilized needle. To account for the fact that approximately 30%-40% of transferred fat will be reabsorbed by the body, Dr. Braithwaite notes that extra fat will typically be injected in order to obtain optimal results.
In comparison to some other injectables and fillers, the rejuvenative and volumizing effects of fat grafting are generally very long-lasting, says Dr. Cobbins. In fact, she continues, outcomes achieved through fat transfer can last several years, if not permanently. Additionally, results tend to both look and feel exceptionally natural, she adds.
Ultimately, fat grafting may not be a good option for every individual, which is why Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins stress the importance of consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience with this advanced technique. By doing so, they say prospective patients can find out if they are indeed a good candidate for fat transfer, or if another procedure may be better suited for their unique needs and goals.
About Brian Braithwaite, MD
Dr. Braithwaite earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine prior to completing his Plastic Surgery training at the University of Louisville. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and remains actively involved in both 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 prior to completing a five-year Otolaryngology residency as well as her formal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at the University of Louisville Medical Center. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and she maintains membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins are both available for interview upon request.
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