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


Month: March 2021

Love Your Arms: Facts About Arm Lift Surgery

Warm weather is on the way, and now that you’ve reached your target weight, you’re looking forward to showing off your new contours at the pool or on the beach. However, after losing all that flab, you are concerned and embarrassed by how your upper arms will look in that new sundress; you are now left with excess upper-arm skin and fat often referred to as “bat wings.”

It’s not unusual for many people—especially women—as they become older to experience declining muscle mass and the resulting pockets of loose, flabby skin on their upper arms.

If you are unhappy about your upper arms, talk to Dr. Florrence Mussat in Chicago, IL, about arm lift surgery. She will be happy to discuss the benefits of the procedure with you, and together, you can determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

What Is Arm Lift Surgery?

While exercise and a healthy diet can improve muscle tone and reduce fat, the excess skin on your upper arms can only be trimmed away by an arm lift, also known as brachioplasty. During this procedure, Dr. Mussat carefully removes the excess sagging skin and creates smoother, tighter, and firmer-looking arms.

Arm lift surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that removes fat cells from under and around the arms and any excess skin, creating a toned appearance. All the bagginess under the arms that make it challenging to wear sleeveless shirts is removed, and the smooth skin surface on your upper arms is restored by pulling the skin tight.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?

Regardless of age, there are areas of a person’s body that don’t seem to respond to exercise. Even though following a healthy diet and being physically active are both good habits to maintain, these may not prevent your arms from becoming a loose.

If the skin under your arms is hangs down unnaturally, and the following attributes apply to you, then you may be a good candidate for arm lift surgery:

  • You have significant upper arm skin laxity
  • Your weight is relatively stable, and you’re close to your target weight
  • You are healthy without medical conditions that could impair healing or pose a risk to surgery
  • You are a nonsmoker

What Happens During Arm Lift Surgery?

Dr. Mussat will give you a general anesthetic, making sure you won’t feel any pain during the surgery. An incision will be made in the inner portion of your arm and positioned so that any scarring will be barely noticeable. The excess fat and skin will be removed, giving your arms a taut and toned appearance. Should it be required, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat before the remaining loose skin is trimmed away.

How Long Does It Take to Recover?

Fortunately, since this is a minimally invasive procedure, recovery should take about 2—3 weeks. You’ll wear compression sleeves to help with your healing process, and it’s best if you restrict your activities for a few days after the surgery. Any redness, swelling, or bruising on your arms should soon disappear. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, follow a healthy diet, and stay hydrated during your recovery.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Mussat in Chicago, IL

If you would love to have taut, smooth arms to show off this summer and are interested in an arm lift procedure, please contact board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL. Schedule a personal consultation with her online or call (312) 751-9000 today!

Guide to Choosing the Best Facial Rejuvenation Procedures for You

Perhaps you’re looking in the mirror and wondering how age and gravity could have changed your appearance so much, so soon. In today’s world, with so much emphasis on social media and online video meetings, age-related changes can negatively impact our professional and personal lives when our outer appearance seems to look older than we’d like.

If you still want to look — and feel — like yourself and are starting to think that facial cosmetic surgery may be worth considering, then here’s a brief guide to the popular facial rejuvenation procedures offered by Dr. Florence Mussat. Here, she helps you to decide on what will be best for you and your goals.

Your Best Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Options

If you are frustrated with noticeable signs of facial aging but unsure about undergoing cosmetic surgery, then you may benefit from these options for non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

Medical Grade TCA Peel

The Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) peel is a medical-grade, non-surgical solution for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. If you have acne or other types of scars, age spots, stretch marks, freckles, or wrinkles, this is an effective way to achieve healthy-looking skin with a more uniform tone and texture.

BOTOX Cosmetic

BOTOX Cosmetic is a muscle relaxer made from botulinum toxin type A. When injected, it temporarily paralyzes muscle activity for between four and six months. The result is the relaxation of the overlying skin to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles and lines, providing a smoother, younger appearance.

Dermal Fillers

Injectable fillers are versatile in ways that can’t be accomplished by plastic surgery. While surgery can remove excess tissue and fat, even tightening the skin, it cannot restore volume loss due to aging. When used correctly and sparingly, injectable fillers can reverse many signs of aging.

To rejuvenate your look without surgery, you can consider undergoing an injectable treatment, using the volume enhancers Juvederm and Restylane, which can restore lost volume, smooth out wrinkles, and enhance facial shape for months to come.


InstaLift is the modern non-surgical aesthetic treatment aimed at lifting sagging facial skin. A single 45-minute treatment session can subtract years from your face, leaving you with a more youthful appearance.

To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mussat and learn more about your non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment options, contact her office by calling (312) 751-9000.

Your Best Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Options in Chicago, IL

Are you finding that your eyelids are drooping, your cheeks are hollow, you have developed jowls, or your neck is sagging? Are there other age-related marks or lines on your face that you don’t like?

Even though there are many other signs of aging that can affect your face, if you are suffering from any of these, perhaps it’s time to consider some form of surgical facial rejuvenation, including an eyelid or brow lift, facelift, or mini facelift.

Eyelid Surgery

You may have noticed that your sagging upper eyelids or drooping lower eyelids make you look perplexed, tired, or even depressed, even though you are well-rested and in an upbeat frame of mind.

As we age, our body gradually declines in production of collagen and elastin, proteins essential for maintaining healthy, elastic skin. Without these proteins, our skin loses its elasticity and starts to sag. While this is part of the natural aging process, it can affect nearly any area of the body — including the eye region.

Apart from affecting your appearance, drooping upper eyelids may also be impeding your line of vision, in which case it might be time to consider blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery.


Facelift surgery does not change your face but eliminates loose skin and folds in the neck and cheeks while also tightening facial skin, including wrinkled skin around the eyes.

The goal is to remove excess skin, lift and tighten the face’s soft tissues, giving you a fresher, more youthful, well-rested, and rejuvenated look.

Mini vs. Full Facelift

Dr. Mussat’s patients often ask about the difference between a mini facelift and a full facelift. Both procedures address signs of aging in the face, jowls, and neck, but a mini facelift is more for patients looking to reduce minimal signs of aging like minor sagging of the neck, jawline, and cheeks. A full facelift addresses more advanced signs of aging.

Your Next Step for the Best Facial Rejuvenation Starts Here!

To find out which facial rejuvenation treatments are best for you, schedule a personal consultation with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL, or call (312) 751-9000 today!