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


Month: November 2016

Post-Pregnancy Procedures: The Mommy Makeover


Mommies deserve more than just a salute. What you do is incredibly amazing. It’s hard to imagine a world without doting, caring, unconditionally loving moms. So, if you want to get a makeover to get your pre-baby back again, you don’t need to explain. Just go for it.

Getting pregnant, giving birth and breastfeeding changes your body in a way that make mothers feel less thrilled when they look at themselves in the mirror. If you want to look and feel young, vibrant and beautiful again, a mommy makeover can make a big difference.

A Mommy Makeover at a Glance

A mommy makeover is a combination of different cosmetic procedures, be it surgical or non-surgical, which can restore your body back to its pre-pregnancy state. More than that, it can enhance your appearance further.

The Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

Getting a mommy makeover is a choice moms can make freely. However, some wonder if it’s worth their time and effort. If you share the same sentiment, here are five good things that can happen if you decide to get a mommy makeover.

  • Increased Self-Confidence

Bodily changes, like stretch marks, flabby skin, sagging breasts and bulging abdomen, can decrease a woman’s self-esteem. The same is true for moms. Through a tummy tuck or a breast lift, physical imperfections are corrected to make you look and feel amazing again.

  • Enhanced Figure

You can use a mommy makeover to your benefit. For instance, if you’ve always wanted to have well-toned thighs, you can include a thigh lift to your surgery package. This way, you can wake up following your surgery to a completely whole new you.

  • No More Stretch Marks

If the stretch marks in your belly or thighs are keeping you from wearing a bikini every summer, then getting a tummy tuck can make the next summer something to look forward to.

  • Personalized Makeover

You definitely can personalize your mommy makeover. This way, you can achieve the results you desire and deserve. Just keep an open line of communication with Dr. Mussat so she can tailor your treatment according to your needs.

  • Improved Sex Life

Although this should not be a motivation to have the procedure, a mommy makeover can correct flaws that affect your confidence with regards to intimacy with your partner. As you gain more confidence about your body, getting intimate will no longer be an issue.

As you can see, getting a mommy makeover is beneficial to moms who want to change their appearance for the better. If you want to know if this is right for you, and if you’re a good candidate, consult with Dr. Mussat today.


The Best Time to Book Your Liposuction Procedure


Do you want to contour your body in time for the holidays? Do you want your body to be beach-ready for summer?  Liposuction can have you looking svelte in no time. The procedure is also an excellent option to remove stubborn pockets of fat in your body as well.

As you decide to get liposuction, part of the preparation is to lose weight. Although this procedure can sculpt your body and remove unwanted fat, it’s not considered a weight-loss treatment. Instead, this should be your last option to achieve your weight-loss goals. If you lose weight before getting this procedure, you can enjoy optimum results.

Timing – timing is a big factor to consider. Losing weight takes a good bit of time. You’ll need to take on the task of losing several pounds to reach at least 30% of your ideal weight. How long will this take? After you’ve calculated this length of time, then you’ll also need to look at your event calendar, and also the time of year to determine when is the best time for liposuction as you’ll need some downtime after this procedure.

The truth is you can get liposuction anytime of the year. However, if you want to know the best time, it would have to be winter. Here are some reasons that would explain why it’s better to get liposuction during the cooler months.

  1. Less Harsh Sunlight

Just like any other cosmetic procedure, liposuction patients should refrain from prolonged sun exposure during recovery. Undergoing the procedure during the cold months will help you avoid excessive sun exposure, which could then aid in a speedy recovery.

  1. Comfortable Recovery

Following the procedure, Dr. Mussat will dress the treatment area with soft bandages. You’ll also wear a compression garment to support the tissues as they heal as well as to minimize swelling. Wearing these extra, tight fitting layers can be a bit uncomfortable during the warmer summer months. Winter weather is much more forgiving when it comes to extra garments.

  1. Stylish Cover-up

As the cold season calls for scarves, jackets, sweaters and coats to stay warm, you can hide incisions easily. You don’t have to make an excuse for piling on extra layers of comfy clothes.

  1. Recovery Time

What’s also advantageous about undergoing liposuction in the winter is that you have plenty of time to heal before warmer weather hits. By the time spring and summer rolls around, incision scars, bruises and swellings will have disappeared, making your body ready for springtime dresses, summertime shorts, and beach-ready bikinis.

  1. Quality Indoor Time

The cold weather is the perfect excuse to stay indoors. During your recovery, you don’t need to explain why you’re not going out as much. Staying in and curling up with a good book, a good flick or a good nap is perfectly acceptable.

You can request for a liposuction any time of the year. If you want comfort and convenience, though, it’s best to book it during the cold months. So, if you’re ready, schedule a liposuction consultation with Dr. Mussat today.

How Much Weight to Lose Before Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

Are sit-ups and crunches not giving you your desired taut tummy or the proverbial six-pack abs? Don’t be discouraged. It’s not you or the exercise routine you’re doing that’s wrong. The most likely culprit is excess skin, stubborn fat or both. If that is the case, you might want to consider getting a tummy tuck or a liposuction.

Both of these surgical body contouring procedures can help achieve a shapelier contour, but each serve a different purpose.

Tummy Tuck

At a glance, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic enhancement procedure that removes extra skin and fat as well as tightens the muscles in your abdomen so you can have a flatter stomach.


Like the tummy tuck, liposuction will give you a svelte contour. The difference is this is strictly for fat reduction, particularly stubborn fat that just won’t budge no matter how hard you exercise or how strict you follow your diet.

How much weight do you lose with a tummy tuck and liposuction?

These procedures can really enhance your figure and make you lose fast post-surgery. However, they shouldn’t be viewed as a weight-loss option. In fact, Dr. Mussat would advise patients to lose weight before getting these procedures. You’ll get a much more optimized result if you do, and there is less risk of complications when your weight is at normal levels.

How much weight should I lose?

The best number is to be your ideal weight based on your age, height, and body frame. Your BMI is also a factor to consider. Here’s a chart that will help you determine your ideal weight.

Height Weight
  Normal Overweight Obese
4′ 10″ 91 to 118 lb 119 to 142 lb 143 to 186 lb
4′ 11″ 94 to 123 lb 124 to 147 lb 148 to 193 lb
5′ 97 to 127 lb 128 to 152 lb 153 to 199 lb
5′ 1″ 100 to 131 lb 132 to 157 lb 158 to 206 lb
5′ 2″ 104 to 135 lb 136 to 163 lb 164 to 213 lb
5′ 3″ 107 to 140 lb 141 to 168 lb 169 to 220 lb
5′ 4″ 110 to 144 lb 145 to 173 lb 174 to 227 lb
5′ 5″ 114 to 149 lb 150 to 179 lb 180 to 234 lb
5′ 6″ 118 to 154 lb 155 to 185 lb 186 to 241 lb
5′ 7″ 121 to 158 lb 159 to 190 lb 191 to 249 lb
5′ 8″ 125 to 163 lb 164 to 196 lb 197 to 256 lb
5′ 9″ 128 to 168 lb 169 to 202 lb 203 to 263 lb
5′ 10″ 132 to 173 lb 174 to 208 lb 209 to 271 lb
5′ 11″ 136 to 178 lb 179 to 214 lb 215 to 279 lb
6′ 140 to 183 lb 184 to 220 lb 221 to 287 lb
6′ 1″ 144 to 188 lb 189 to 226 lb 227 to 295 lb
6′ 2″ 148 to 193 lb 194 to 232 lb 233 to 303 lb
6′ 3″ 152 to 199 lb 200 to 239 lb 240 to 311 lb
6′ 4″ 156 to 204 lb 205 to 245 lb 246 to 320 lb

As mentioned, there are several factors to consider when calculating your body weight. So if you’re confused or you need help, ask Dr. Mussat about your ideal weight. If you need to shed excess pounds, she can recommend healthy weight loss options that are right for you.