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


Month: March 2019

Is Nipple Reduction the Latest Trend in Breast Surgery?

Though women have been seeking out breast augmentation and breast reduction surgery for years to address issues that either causes them discomfort or lack of confidence, it’s only been recently that women who are otherwise happy with their breasts but do not like their nipples have an option as well. Nipple reduction surgery is now becoming a popular option and can help address long, large, or droopy nipples.  Whether your nipples have changed resulting from breastfeeding or the aging process or you were born with nipples that cause you discomfort, you may want to look into this new trend.

What is Nipple Reduction Surgery?

An outpatient procedure, nipple surgery usually only takes half an hour to an hour and can be done under light anesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision on the nipple or around the areola, depending on the area being treated. This incision leaves little to no scar and what little scarring occurs can easily be hidden by bras or swimsuits. Once the incisions have been made, the surgeon will then remove excess tissue or reshape the areola or nipple depending on the patient’s needs. The incisions are then closed and covered with gauze, and the patient is fitted with a special surgical bra to help them heal. After the patient has sufficiently recovered from anesthesia and is confident they know how to take care of their incisions, they are able to go home.

What is Recovery from Nipple Surgery Like?

After nipple surgery, your breasts could be tender for up to six weeks, though swelling and bruising should subside within the first week or two. Most patients can go back to work a couple of days after surgery though exercise should usually be postponed for a few weeks.  The incisions should be kept out of the sun or tanning booth for at least a year after surgery as this will reduce the chances of visible scars.

Those Who Benefit Most from Nipple Surgery

Though it may seem that nipple surgery is just the newest trend in breast surgery, it’s actually a dream come true for women who have dealt with nipples they hate for their entire lives. If you have puffy areolas, dark, long, or drooping nipples, they can have a serious effect on your self-confidence. With nipple surgery, you can finally correct these issues. Nipple surgery can also address nipple asymmetry, inverted nipples, or nipples that need to be repositioned on the breast. Some women choose to have nipple surgery by itself if they are otherwise happy with their breasts while others combine the surgery with breast augmentation or breast reduction if they have other issues with their breasts they would like to address.

Though many people may wonder why a woman would seek out surgery on a part of her body that few people will ever see, those who have been unhappy with their nipples for years know what a difference it could make on their self-confidence. Plastic surgery should be done for one person and one person only—the patient. If nipple surgery will help them gain confidence and appreciate their body, it will be well worth it for them.

Scheduling a Nipple Reduction Consultation

If you would like to find out more about nipple surgery and how it could correct any nipple issues you have, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Mussat. She can thoroughly explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have about the process. She can also do a physical examination to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure and whether or not you would also benefit from a breast augmentation or reduction at the same time as your nipple surgery. Dr. Mussat has performed hundreds of breast surgeries in her fifteen years in practice and will use her experience and expertise to give you the best advice on your surgery.

With the rise in popularity of nipple surgery, you can now benefit from this widely available procedure and finally have the breasts you want. To learn more, schedule your consultation today!































Can Fat Replace Artificial Breast Implants?

Do you have small breasts that you want to increase in size? Most of those who want to augment their breasts think the only way to do so is with a silicone or saline implant. While this is the most common form of breast augmentation, there is now another option. Fat transfer—also called fat grafting or natural augmentation—is the process of taking fat from one part of the body and transferring it to another. In the case of breast augmentation, it is now possible for a plastic surgeon to remove fat from an area that has an excess and put that fat into your breast area for an augmentation that consists only of your own natural tissues. Interested in learning if this is the right option for you? Here is everything you need to know:

What is Fat Transfer Augmentation?

Fat transfer can achieve two goals in one. It can reduce the fat in areas where you do not want it—such as the buttocks, thighs, abdomen, or back—and increase fat where you do want it. Most commonly, the fat is transferred to the breasts, but it can also be used to increase volume in the face or buttocks areas. With a fat transfer, you can achieve a more sculpted, balanced figure—all with your own natural fat tissues.

Performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, the process starts with a liposuction procedure done on the donor area where you want fat removed. Once these fat cells have been removed, they are purified in a special machine and then re-injected into the correct breast areas to create fuller, bigger breasts. The results in breast volume can be seen immediately while it may take a few weeks for swelling to go down in the liposuction area and for those results to be revealed.

What are the Differences Between a Fat Transfer and Breast Implant?

Many women love the natural look and feel of having their own fat used as augmentation tissue instead of a synthetic implant. Because fat is injected into the area instead of an implant being surgically inserted, there are no scars from this type of augmentation. However, the recovery time is still similar as the patient needs to heal from liposuction in another area of the body as opposed to simply healing in the breast area.

With fat transfer augmentation, there is no risk of the body rejecting an implant, and there is no maintenance required as is sometimes needed with a saline or silicone implant. There is also no risk of hardening or rippling. However, in some cases, the fat that is transferred can be absorbed back into the body, making it necessary to have additional procedures done to achieve the desired results.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Fat Transfer Augmentation

Fat transfer augmentations are still relatively new procedures when compared to breast augmentation with implants. However, Dr. Mussat has found them to be successful for many different types of patients. Ideal candidates for fat transfer augmentations are those who would like to enhance their breasts while sculpting another area of their body that has ample unwanted fat. They should also have healthy skin with plenty of elasticity and want a subtle enhancement of about one cup size. They should also be aware of and have reasonable expectations for the procedure and know that additional procedures may be necessary should some of the fat be reabsorbed by their body.

Scheduling Your Fat Transfer Augmentation with Dr. Mussat

If you are in the Chicago area and would like to see if a natural augmentation is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mussat. She has performed hundreds of breast surgeries including augmentations with implants as well as natural augmentations and is experienced with the differences between the two procedures. During your consultation, Dr. Mussat will examine the area you would like to sculpt as well as your breast area and talk to you about your goals for surgery. She will also go over your health history and ensure she has answered all your questions regarding the procedure before scheduling your appointment.

Now you can sculpt and enhance in one convenient procedure! Contact Dr. Mussat today to learn more.