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


Month: December 2016

Holiday Party Procedures

The holidays are a time for many celebrations, holiday parties, and social events with family and friends. To help you look your best for the holidays, Dr. Mussat created this infographic on body contouring procedures. Procedures such as arm lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, and thigh lift can contour your body and have you ready for the holiday season. For more information on body contouring procedures, please contact Dr. Mussat’s office.

Arm Lift

  • Arm Lift removes excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
  • Reshapes your arm for smoother skin and contours
  • Results in a more toned, proportionate appearance
  • Recovery lasts 1-2 weeks
  • 96% Worth It rating on RealSelf.com


  • Liposuction removes stubborn, excess fat deposits
  • Can be performed on the knees, thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, back, upper arms, neck, and chin
  • Results in a nice contour
  • Recovery lasts about 2 weeks
  • 91% Worth It rating on RealSelf.com

Tummy Tuck

  • Tummy Tuck removes loose, sagging abdominal skin
  • Often performed in conjunciton with liposuction or after massive weight loss
  • Results in a sexier and leaner stomach
  • Recovery lasts about 2 weeks
  • 97% Worth It rating on RealSelf.com

Thigh Lift

  • Thigh Lift removes excess skin and fat from the thigh area
  • Reshapes the thighs for smoother skin
  • Results in better proportioned contours of the lower body
  • Recovery lasts 1-2 weeks
  • 91% Worth It rating on RealSelf.com


The Perfect Fit: Determining Your Ideal Breast Size

On the subject of breast enhancement, there’s a question that baffles many women who are considering it: Why do some women look great when they have large breasts, while others look appealing with small breasts? This question makes it confusing for women who can’t decide whether to get a breast augmentation or a breast reduction.

Well, ladies, the truth of the matter is, it’s not about getting the right size. It’s about enhancing your breasts, whether to augment or reduce, in order to have the breast size that’s ideal or proportionate to your frame. In other words, there is no perfect breast size suitable for all women.

The Ideal Breast Size

Now you know that having the perfect breasts is subjective, it’s time to learn how to determine your ideal breast size. While the best way to determine your ideal size is through an examination by a board-certified plastic surgeon, there are determining factors that can guide you.

  • Body Type

There are eight major body types in women. Each of these has its own ideal breast size in order to make the body look proportionate. If you’re heavier in the lower part of your body, increasing your breast size can add proportion to your frame. If you have an inverted triangle body type, you certainly can benefit from breast reduction to make your bust proportionate to your small hips and waist.

  • Body Shape

Stand in front of a mirror and analyze your body carefully. Does your body have a strong build? Or, do you have a thin frame? If you have a strongly built body shape, a breast augmentation can be beneficial for you, as you can carry large-sized breasts with ease. If you’re lean or small, you might have to think long and hard about getting larger breasts as they can cause back pain. If you’re already experiencing such discomfort because of your breasts, a reduction surgery may alleviate the pain. Typically, it’s safe to augment your breasts by one size up if you want them to be bigger.

  • Age

If you are in your childbearing years, you might want to forego getting breast augmentation for a while— unless you don’t have any plans of bearing children, because pregnancy can cause the breasts to grow larger. During this period, you’ll be able to see yourself with larger breasts and decide if you want to keep it that way or not.

These are deciding factors to help you determine your ideal breast size. At the end of the day, it’s still you who gets to decide whether you want bigger or smaller breasts.

You can get a professional opinion from Dr. Mussat, who is keen on providing you with natural-looking results that will make you truly happy. So schedule a consultation today.

The 411 on Breast Reduction and Breast Lifts: What You Need to Know


At some point in your life, you’ll begin to see changes in your breasts. This could be due to gravity, weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, or nursing. All these can take a toll on your breasts’ natural shape and fullness. Overtime, these can lead to breast asymmetry, sagginess, drooping nipples, loss of volume, oversized breasts, and many others. While these changes are normal as you age, these can affect your confidence and appearance.

The good news is these changes are easily addressed through a breast enhancement surgery. Depending on your case, you can request for a breast augmentation, a breast reduction or a breast lift

If you’re considering a breast reduction or breast lift procedure, here are some facts you need to know.

Breast Reduction

This is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue to reduce breast size. This can correct poor posture, back pain or chest pain due to oversized breasts. You can also request this if you want to have smaller breasts, regardless of whether or not you’re suffering from a breast-size-related issue.

Here are some facts you need to know about breast reduction:

  • The recovery period isn’t too rough. Unlike other breast surgeries, recovery from breast reduction is less harsh. You may experience pain post-operatively, but the pain level is lower.
  • Results will not be in cup size. Cup sizes are different from one bra manufacturer to another. Dr. Mussat will use grams instead of cups size when talking about how much breast tissue will be removed.
  • It’s not just for women. Gynecomastia is a condition that causes breasts in men to grow large, and breast reduction can address that.
  • It is covered by most health insurance companies. Many breast reduction surgeries are covered by health insurance. Currently, we are in network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO.

Breast Lift

Although it’s often confused with breast reduction, breast lift is actually a surgical procedure that will lift sagging breasts, correct drooping nipples, and resize enlarged nipples and areolas.

Here are some things you need to know about a breast lift:

  • It doesn’t increase breast size. This procedure isn’t designed to resize breasts, but it can result in a fuller and rounder breast shape with a better contour.
  • It works well with other breast surgeries. Breast lift can be performed concurrently with either breast augmentation or breast reduction to produce better aesthetic results. Due to its flexibility, this is commonly a part of a “mommy makeover”.
  • It corrects breast asymmetry. Breastfeeding can alter the breast shape, which leads to breast asymmetry and imbalance of firmness.

These two procedures differ in so many aspects, but they can achieve one goal: improved breast appearance. If you’d like to know more about breast reduction and breast lift, and if you’re a good candidate for either of the two, consult with Dr. Mussat. Schedule a consultation today at her Chicago practice.