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


Month: February 2018

Breast Surgery Options

If you are looking for a variety of breast surgery options, then look no further than our office. Our procedures include the following: breast augmentation, lift, implant removal with lift, revision, reduction, and nipple reduction. This variety of procedures offered will be sure to cater to exactly what you need and want.

What is a breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is arguably the most popular aesthetic procedure in the entire plastic surgery realm. It is the most sought-after procedure for a variety of reasons ranging from wanting and increase in size to evening out drastic changes in your body.

A breast augmentation will give you three choices of implants that include saline breast implants, traditional silicone gel breast implants, and form-stable silicone gel breast implants. There are pros and cons to all three of these implants.

Silicone Breast Implants

Women of today are asking for a more natural look when consulting with their surgeons. The concept of “bigger is better” may have started the fire of this procedure but it has changed over the years. More women are moving away from busty implants and choosing to go with a more natural look and size. A natural appearance is most commonly achieved with silicone breast implants. These implants are filled with silicone gel and their feel is more so like natural breast tissue. This implant will not collapse if there is a leak of gel.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. If the implant leaks, the saline implant will collapse, which leads to the body absorbing and naturally removing the saline. These provide a firm feel with a uniform-like shape.

Form-stable Silicone Gel Breast Implants

These implants are typically referred to as “Gummy Bear” implants due to their inside look resembling that of a gummy bear. These implants are filled with silicone gel instead of silicone liquid. They are also available in different shapes, such as a textured, round, or teardrop. These implants have a smaller chance of complications and are less likely in need of being replaced.


The breast augmentation procedure has a variety of ways of being performed. The incision patterns used by Dr. Mussat include the periareolar incision, the inframammary incision, and the transaxillary incision. Through consultations and your individual needs, an incision pattern will be decided between patient and surgeon.

The actual procedure involves an incision in one of four areas. These areas include the underside of the breast, under the arm, around the nipple, or through a previous incision. Each two-step has pros and cons. The implant is placed through the incision and then stitched up. The surgery is very routine.

Along with incisions is the placement options of the breast implants. The placement options include submuscular placement and subglandular placement, meaning under or above the muscle. Again, the placement is based on individual need and what Dr. Mussat considers to be the best for the individual.


The after effects are similar to any surgery. Some complications include asymmetry, ptosis, and pain. If the patient is an ideal candidate for the procedure, with small breasts, and breast asymmetry, they will be back to work within 1-2 weeks. The ideal candidate’s procedure will take 1-2 hours and will only take one surgery. This includes both the saline and silicone implants.

Following the procedure, a person can expect to take about one week off of work. There are different types of recovery depending on a woman’s age and health. For example, there is step by step guide for athletes that want to workout following their procedure. The guide is over the course of nine weeks. The exercise begins at a low intensity and slowly builds up to what the person was doing before their surgery.

Along with exercise and surgical scars is a healthy diet. There are comprehensive lists of foods to eat Pre-Op and Post-Op. Before the procedure, it is recommended that a person should stop all consumption of alcohol and any supplements they are taking. It is recommended that a person stock up on vitamins such as a multivitamins. Post-Op care includes stocking up on even more vitamins such as amino acids, protein powders, vitamin C, and fish oil. The Post-Op food and beverages include water, citrus, fresh veggies, lean meats, and almonds. Of course, these recovery plans are all dependent on the individual person.

The key to choosing a breast procedure lies in knowing what you really want. This decision comes from knowing yourself and talking with your surgeon. During your consultation, all of the information will be handed to you along with the guidance of what you should choose. Your surgeon will not lead you astray but to the ultimate goal of having the procedure that will ultimately make you happy.

Call 312-751-9000 to book your consultation today!

Everything You Need to Know About Breast Revision

Breast revision surgery is the removal and replacement of original saline or silicone implants. Patients often have this procedure performed for two reasons: to correct any complications from previous surgery or to change the size or type of implants from the first breast implant procedure. What is the ultimate goal of breast revision? To give a person the youthful appearance that they desire.

There are actually a number of reasons a person could need or benefit from a breast revision. The first is any kind of leak. The saline implants could have deflated, or your silicone implant could have a leak. The second reason involves a change in size or a different type of implant. If you are not satisfied with your implants, then this procedure can easily solve that unhappiness and hopefully send you home with something better than before. Scar tissue is also an unfortunate factor as to why breast revision might be necessary. It can tighten around the implants, constricting them tightly. It is also a possibility that your implants have shifted. Some people also opt for a revision if they have extreme weight loss or any kind of change in their skin.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Revision?

The ideal patient for a breast revision needs to be in good physical health. This involves a healthy diet, exercise, emotionally healthy, and staying away from harmful substances. It is extremely important that a patient have realistic expectations when it comes to their procedure.

What Are the Pros and Cons of a Breast Revision?

Every person’s body will age –  you cannot stay young forever and that is just fact. This is an obvious con to any procedure including breast revision. Gravity and aging will have an effect on your body regardless of what you do to it. But in the short term after your procedure, these factors won’t even be on your radar. You will have a youthful appearance. This procedure can also fix any problems that occurred with your first breast implant surgery.

What Happens During Breast Revision Surgery?

Plastic surgery is a unique business. Meaning it is completely individual. A person’s procedure is specifically designed for their needs. This procedure is planned out from conversations with your surgeon and according to your needs and wants. In this specific procedure, there are a number of reasons as to why someone is having a breast revision done.

Sizing Change

A common reason, as mentioned above, is changing the actual implant size. This procedure will involve your surgeon using previous incision sights, so as to not cause unnecessary scarring, to remove and insert the new implants.

Implant Malfunctions

If your implants have hardened, your surgeon can remove those implants and give you new implants. Your surgeon can use the original incision sights to either remove or move the implants back into place, depending on the incision that was originally used. Another common issue with implants is malposition. This involves implants that are too close together or too far apart. The surgeon can use a tactic involving scar tissue and the original incision sights to correct the positions making the breasts look more natural.

Removal of the Implants

Breast revision is used very commonly to remove implants. There are various reasons for the removal of implants, such as changing opinions of one’s body or health reasons. Each reason is specific to the individual.

How Can I Get the Results That I Want?

The key to a successful procedure is communication with your surgeon. It is also important that you truly know what you want when it comes to your procedure. This will give your surgeon a better understanding of what exactly they need to do to give you the results that you desire. The conversations between you and your surgeon will include many different topics that include the type of implants, location, size, and what type of anesthesia is needed for your specific procedure.

How Can I Prepare for This Procedure?

During your visits and consultations with your surgeon, you will be given a list of procedures to follow in regards to preparing for the procedure itself. The list includes: avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs, drugs that increase bleeding, abstain from smoking and alcohol, hydration, post-surgery care, stocking up on healthy foods, avoiding hot showers for a couple of weeks following your procedure, and give yourself time to rest and heal after your procedure.

If you’d like to learn more about breast revision you can schedule a private consultation. During your initial meeting, Dr, Mussat will provide you with all the information you need about the procedure and answer any questions you may have.

The Ideal Candidate for Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world! While many women are opting for breast augmentation, not everyone is an ideal candidate for the procedure. If adding volume to your breast size has been on your mind, check out this infographic to learn what makes an ideal breast augmentation candidate!

The ideal candidate for breast augmentation is:

  • A non-smoker in good health.
  • Desires larger breasts and more cleavage.
  • Made the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery on their own.
  • Is aware of potential risks and complications.
  • Believes that the benefits outweigh the risks.
  • Understand that replacement surgery may be necessary in 10 to 15 years.

If you’re interested in learning more about this procedure or are ready to have your best breasts ever, schedule your consultation with Dr. Mussat, here!