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


Month: November 2020

How to Keep a Slim Body Before the Holidays

Do you dread going into the holidays carrying an extra 10—15 lbs? If so, you’re not alone.

Everyone wants to be in great shape and to be sporting their best body before the festive season gets underway. Here’s an excellent strategy to slim down and stay trim before the holidays start, not after!

Do a 7-Day Pre-Holiday Detox

A 7-day detox can help you rid your body of common causes of inflammation and the stress it causes your body, making it harder for you to stay in shape. In the days leading up to the holidays, stay away from the following foods:

Refined sugar. Removing sugar from your diet leads to you being less inflamed and re-sensitizes your taste buds to sweetness. You’ll then be able to fully appreciate all the sugary goodness that comes with the holidays and only stick to a few bites. You most likely won’t need as much sweetness to feel satisfied, either.

Dairy. You may not be aware that it’s happening to you, but as we get older, many of us lose the ability to digest dairy. As a consequence, slight inflammation may result, which makes some people break out. Try removing dairy from your pre-holiday diet and see how your digestion and energy levels improve.

Gluten. Not only a common cause of inflammation, but gluten can also make it more challenging to lose weight. Go gluten-free for your 7-day detox and notice how you start to feel. You may be surprised by how much it improves your digestion, mood, and overall health. Look for tasty grains that don’t have gluten, like rice, millet, or quinoa.

Eat More Vegetables

You might think you have been misled your whole life, but eating vegetables truly is a good idea, especially if you want to drop some pounds and keep them off. Why? Not only are vegetables high in fiber and low in calories, but the vitamins and minerals they contain nourish your body and reduce cravings.

Increase Your Water Intake

Staying extra hydrated not only helps your skin to develop a healthy glow but it also speeds up your weight loss efforts. Being dehydrated contributes to fatigue and stubborn weight gain. Try drinking more water throughout the day, and you’ll become healthier and feel more energized.

Stay Away From the Snacks

In the lead up to the holiday season, unhealthy snacks like cookies and other goodies become plentiful, which means you’re more likely to snack unnecessarily.

Keep treats out of sight and if you are hungry and need a snack, opt for real foods. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds are filling snacks without added sugars or unhealthy fats — both of which can lead to weight gain.

Watch Your Portion Sizes

People who eat larger portions tend to gain weight more easily. The best way to deal with this is to control portion sizes or use smaller plates.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep deprivation is quite common during the holidays and may lead to weight gain. By increasing your hunger hormone levels, it ultimately leads to a higher calorie intake.


People who are more active have lower inflammation levels, which leads to the body being healthy and strong. Exercise promotes higher energy throughout the day, and you’ll notice the benefits in your mental and emotional well-being, too.

Dr. Florence Mussat Can Help

Should you need more help with staying slim and would like to consider surgical and nonsurgical alternatives, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Florence Mussat, in Chicago, IL, is standing by. With her help, you can soon be on your way to achieving the look you’ve always wanted, and before the holidays. Schedule a personal consultation with her online or by calling (312) 751-9000 today!

Where Will Your Breast Implants Be Placed?

When a woman undergoes breast augmentation surgery, probably the last thing on her mind is that a second surgery, called breast revision surgery, may be needed in the future.

Breast implants are not intended to last a lifetime. Over time, impants can be subject to rupture, rippling, deflation, asymmetry, sagging, or capsular contracture caused by the formation of a hard and dense tissue capsule.

Breast revision surgery is also frequently performed when a woman is not happy with some aspect of how her breasts look or feel. She may want to replace her current breast implants with a different size or style or to simply have her natural breasts back.

Understanding Your Options for Breast Implants

The decision about where you would like your breast implants to be placed during your revision breast surgery will be made in consultation with your plastic surgeon, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Florence Mussat, in Chicago, IL. She would be happy to help you make this decision and to plan for the procedure itself.

Influencing Factors on Breast Implant Placement

There are several factors to keep in mind when deciding on the position of your breast implants:

  • the desired shape and size of your breasts and thus the implants
  • your body size
  • expected recovery time and post-operative discomfort and pain
  • your lifestyle
  • your goals and expectations

Where Can Breast Implants Be Placed?

Breasts implants can be placed:

  • over the muscle, but under the breast tissue
  • under the muscle

Since there are advantages and disadvantages to each placement, Dr. Mussat will help you decide which placement method is best for you. There are several factors which will help determine the optimal implant placement:

  • Your body type
  • Your current health
  • The actual size of the implants
  • Saline vs. silicone implants
  • Your individual goals and desires

All these factors help you understand the pros and cons of the different breast implant placement options.

Subglandular Placement

Also known as “over-the-muscle” placement, the subglandular placement technique positions the implant between the chest muscle and the existing breast tissue. With this positioning, the implant lies behind the glands of the breasts, thus providing the patient the ability to breast-feed in the future.

Advantages: Patients can expect less movement of the implants during physical activity and less discomfort immediately following surgery.

Disadvantages: The appearance of the breasts may seem more artificial, and during mammograms, the readings may be less accurate.

Submuscular Placement

The other breast implant placement option is known as submuscular or under-the-muscle placement. The technique includes partially placement of the implant under the pectoralis major chest muscle in a “dual plane” placement.

Advantages: Patients experience more accurate mammograms. In addition, submuscular placement tends to produce a more natural result.

Disadvantages: Some patients experience slightly more discomfort after surgery, with a longer postsurgical recovery.

Women with very large or strong chest muscles will be best suited for the over-the-muscle positioning of their implants. The reason is that, with larger chest muscles, there will be a tendency for distortion of the breasts as the chest muscles are flexed. In this case, subglandular placement may be advised.

Keeping in mind all the advantages and disadvantages of the possible placement of your implants, you are well equipped to meet with Dr. Mussat to discuss what is best for your particular situation.

Why Choose Dr. Florence Mussat for Your Breast Revision?

Dr. Florence Mussat is a Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon in Downtown Chicago and has a passion for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

With her help, you can soon be on your way to achieving the bustline you’ve always wanted. Schedule a personal consultation or by calling (312) 751-9000 today!