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

Month: September 2019

Lopsided Breasts? Let Breast Augmentation Balance You

Lopsided breasts are common. You may be surprised to learn that as many as 88% of women report some degree of breast asymmetry. However, when breasts differ by one or more cup sizes, this common problem can have an extraordinary impact on your psychological well being. If you suffer from a noticeably lopsided bosom, you may feel self-conscious. You might avoid swimsuits, tight-fitting shirts, and revealing dresses out of fear that others will notice your uneven chest.

Improving uneven breasts is possible. You don’t have to cover a lopsided chest with padding or oversized sweaters anymore. Surgeries like breast augmentation or breast reduction can correct an irregular bust and give you the even, well-formed bust of your dreams. Doctor Florence Mussat in Chicago, Illinois, has years of experience performing breast surgeries on patients from all walks of life.

Choosing the right surgery for you

The surgery you undergo to correct your lopsidedness will depend on your breasts and your aesthetic goals. If you wish to make your smaller breast larger or increase the size of both breasts, you should opt for a breast augmentation. In breast augmentation, Doctor Florence Mussat places an implant in one or both breasts to boost their size. If you believe that the larger breast or both of your breasts are too big, you can undergo a breast reduction

Correcting Asymmetry by Increasing your Breast Size

A popular way to create an even, symmetrical chest is by increasing the size of one or more breasts through breast augmentation. Before the operation, Doctor Florence Mussat will work with you to select the right implant size for your body shape. Though you do not need to put implants in both breasts, it is recommended that you do so to ensure a uniform appearance.

Doctor Florence Mussat has experience working with Saline, Silicone, and Form-Stable Silicone (gummy bear) breast implants. When you meet for your consultation, you and your doctor will decide which implant type is right for you. If you opt to implant only one breast, you might choose an implant that matches the feel of your larger breast. Implant incisions are discreet. You can discuss with Dr. Mussat whether you want the incision under your breast, around your nipple, or hidden inside your armpit. 

You can also increase the size of one or more breasts with an autologous fat transfer. In this procedure, fat is taken from an area of your body like thighs, butt, or hip and grafted to your breast. This treatment is advised for those with a smaller degree of asymmetry.

Following your procedure, you are advised not to drive for 24 hours. You are encouraged to arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are common side effects, but should subside within a few weeks to a month. Most patients are able to manage any pain they experience with Tylenol.

Correcting Asymmetry by Reducing your Breast Size

Many people long for bigger breasts, but others know the toll that having a larger bust can take. Back problems, downward-pointing nipples, and difficulty exercising are just a few of the reasons you might want a breast reduction. If you are satisfied with the size of your smaller breast, or wish to reduce the size of both breasts, then a breast reduction is right for you. Depending on the extent of your lopsidedness, Doctor Florence Mussat will make one of three incisions: Lollipop, Periareolar, or Anchor. 

If you want to create a perkier, more youthful appearance while reducing your chest size, a Lollipop incision is right for you. If you are making a significant change in the size of one or more breasts, then the Anchor incision is ideal. In addition to a breast reduction surgery, you might also consider a breast lift. This procedure helps ensure uniformity in both the size, and the position of both breasts by removing excess skin and creating a higher nipple placement.

Asymmetry caused by a breast implant is best treated with breast revision surgery or a breast implant removal with a breast lift.

Schedule Your Appointment with Dr. Mussat in Chicago Today

You don’t have to let unsightly unevenness get you down. You can improve the size and shape of your breasts by scheduling a consultation with Doctor Florence Mussat in Chicago today! To make your appointment, call us at 312.751.9000 or message us online.

Your Liposuction Consultation Checklist

When it comes to building a better body, diet and exercise are your first line of defense. However, some people may continue to experience problem spots in their arms or stomach, no matter how many calories they burn or desserts they forego. If you are one of these people, then liposuction and other body sculpting procedures like a Tummy Tuck may be right for you. Body sculpting procedures can solve problem areas that have bothered you for years, with permanent results. Doctor Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL, has years of experience performing plastic surgery on the face, breast, and body. 

What to Bring to Your Consultation

When you arrive for your consultation with Doctor Florence Mussat, bring a copy of your full medical records. Be sure to mention any allergies and current medications you are taking to ensure your safety during the procedure. You may be asked to undress, so it is advised that you wear loose clothing that is easy to remove.

Don’t be afraid to bring in a picture of your ideal arms, stomach, or thighs. Additionally, if there is a look you really don’t want, don’t hesitate to bring in a picture of that as well. Any information you share about your goals can help Dr. Mussat and her team create a body you love.

The 6 Essential Questions to Ask 

When you arrive for your liposuction consultation, remember to ask your surgeon these six essential questions to achieve the best results:

1. Are you Board Certified?

When you are undergoing an invasive procedure like liposuction, it’s essential to make sure that the surgeon performing the operation is qualified. Doctor Florence Mussat is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, with over 15 years of experience in private practice. Additionally, she also works as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

2. Am I a good candidate?

The ideal candidate for liposuction surgery is at or near their ideal weight. Liposuction is a form of body sculpting, designed to eliminate small pockets of fat, rather than reduce overall. An important factor in determining whether you will have good results is the elasticity of your skin. You can conduct a “skin pinch test” by gathering the skin on your hand with your index and thumb. Your skin is elastic enough if it immediately springs back to its original shape when you release your hold.

3. Can I Combine Liposuction With Other Surgeries?

Liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck or Mommy Makeover to eliminate excess skin and create a more toned appearance. In a Mommy Makeover, Dr. Florence Mussat performs both an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a breast lift to reverse the adverse effects that pregnancy may have taken on your body. If you are concerned about your arms or thighs, an Arm Lift or Thigh Lift will help you achieve your goals better than liposuction alone. If you feel an area of your body is too thin, you can move fat from one area to another with a Fat Transfer.

4. What is the Recovery Time After Surgery?

You will experience bruising and swelling following surgery, but will be able to return to work within a week. During the first few weeks of recovery, you will probably wear a compression garment to aid the healing process and prevent complications. 

5. What Will The Surgery Be Like?

Before surgery, you will be put under either local or general anesthesia to numb the surgical site. During the operation, Dr. Mussat makes a small incision before inserting a device called a cannula, which she will attach to a vacuum and use to suck out fat. 

6. What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

Swelling usually subsides within a few weeks, and you should expect to see a leaner look within the coming months. The results of liposuction are permanent. Because liposuction is a body contouring procedure, your overall shape will stay the same even if you gain weight.

Scheduling your Liposuction Consultation with Dr. Florence Mussat

Now that you’re familiar with the essential questions to ask at a liposuction consultation, the next step is scheduling your consultation with Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago. You can call us at 312-751-9000 or schedule an appointment online. You don’t have to settle for a look you don’t love. Call Dr. Florence Mussat today!