Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000

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Medical Weight Loss

shutterstock_394494271While most people think of plastic surgery as a quick-fix method of weight loss, the best candidates for plastic surgery are actually those who are in good overall health and are close to their ideal weight. Dr. Florence Mussat wants to make sure that every patient is at the perfect position to get plastic surgery, that’s why her practice offers multiple methods of medically-supervised weight loss.

The Ideal Candidate for Weight Loss

So, what does it mean to be an ideal candidate for plastic surgery? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) defines the ideal candidate as someone who is within 30% of their ideal weight and has firm, elastic skin, and good muscle tone. Most plastic surgeons use a measure called BMI, a type of formula that uses a person’s height and weight to calculate a person’s physical health. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is typically considered healthy, while BMI’s that are 25 and higher are considered overweight.

It’s all a matter of patient safety; a recent study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal has shown that overweight and obese patients are actually 35% more likely to visit the emergency room due to complications from reconstructive or cosmetic procedures. Another study by John Hopkins showed that overall, complications were 12 times more likely to happen for overweight patients than patients with a healthy BMI. Overweight patients were also associated with a higher risk of serious side effects within just 30 days after their procedure. This isn’t just a health cost, either, the same study noted that many health insurers do not cover treatment for post-surgery complications associated with cosmetic surgery.  On average, overweight patients ended up paying much more for post-operative care than patients with a healthy BMI.

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Maximizing Your Results

It bears repeating: plastic surgery should never be considered an easy method for weight loss. This point is also relevant when it comes to attaining your aesthetic goals: additional weight gain or loss after plastic surgery can compromise skin elasticity, which can ultimately reverse the results you worked so hard to get. Extra amounts of skin and tissue can also make a surgery that much more complex and harder to get the perfect aesthetic results. In the end, getting to a healthier weight can do more than improve your plastic surgery experience— it can also have meaningful benefits for your overall well-being.

What Florence Mussat, MD Can Do for You

To Dr. Florence Mussat, it’s not just about creating effective results; it’s about making sure her patients are comfortable and in good health. Dr. Mussat only wants what’s best for her patients, and she wants to make sure that patients are getting plastic surgery for the right reasons, at the right moment. That’s why Dr. Florence Mussat offers different options for medically-supervised weight loss for her patients prior to plastic surgery. Patients of Dr. Florence Mussat can choose from HCG diets, physician-developed diets like the Dukan Diet, and weight loss prescription medicine.

A physician like Dr. Mussat is the perfect guide for a weight loss program, someone who has the medical knowledge to provide safe but effective techniques. If you’re ready to begin your plastic surgery progress, contact her practice now for a consultation on her medical weight loss treatments.