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

Month: April 2021

How a Brow Lift Can Really Make the Face | Dr. Florence Mussat

Your eyes, forehead, and eyebrows play a significant role in expressing your emotions to those around you. A heavy forehead or eyebrows is likely to make you appear more tired, unhappy, or older than you actually are. Well-meaning friends may even comment that you look tired, sad, or ask if you’re feeling down when you’re really feeling just fine.

Due to family genetics, environmental factors such as too much sun, or simply the passage of time, the forehead and eye area are likely to develop wrinkles and sagging skin resulting in an aging, tired, or sad appearance. You might find yourself becoming curious about facial rejuvenation and wonder whether you would benefit from a surgical procedure known as a brow lift.

What Is a Brow Lift?

Through brow lift surgery, Dr. Florence Mussat has helped many men and women achieve a more youthful and natural-looking brow area that helps present the face they wish to share with the world. A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that improves the upper face’s appearance by effectively lifting the eyebrows and smoothing out wrinkles.

How Can I Benefit from a Brow Lift?

As a result of a brow lift, your forehead will be smoother, and your eyebrows will be more lifted and natural-looking. Brow lift surgery often eliminates upper face wrinkles and can correct the upper eyelid hooding caused by sagging brows. It can also significantly reduce creases, frown lines, and a sagging brow line.

A brow lift offers many benefits, including:

  • Minimizes creases, frown lines, and sagging brow lines across the forehead.
  • Improves frown lines and reduces vertical creases between the eyebrows.
  • Repositions low or sagging brows over the upper eyelids.
  • Raises the eyebrows to a more youthful position.
  • Creates a brighter, more alert appearance
  • Increases self-confidence

Can a Brow Lift Be Combined With Other Facial Cosmetic Procedures?

A brow lift can be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift,  eyelid surgery, or even injectables to produce even more stunning results. Dr. Florence Mussat will help you decide on the best combination for you during your scheduled consultation.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

During your recovery from a brow lift, expect some swelling and discomfort in the upper part of the face and around the eyebrows.

Dr. Mussat will provide instructions for your recovery as well as cold compresses to apply to your forehead. She will also suggest that you sleep with your head slightly elevated for the first few nights after surgery and to expect your recovery to take about 2-3 weeks.

To make your recovery even more comfortable, avoid strenuous workouts or movements that might place unnecessary pressure on your face.

Your Next Step Towards a Youthful Profile Starts Here!

For a complete assessment of how a brow lift can help you look younger and more vibrant, schedule a personal consultation with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL, or call (312) 751-9000 today!

How a Fat Transfer Can Help You Look Younger | Dr. Florence Mussat

One day, while looking in the mirror, you’ll notice a line that wasn’t there last week. It happens to everyone sooner or later. Aging is an unavoidable part of life, and with it comes many small changes that may negatively impact the way you see and feel about yourself.

There are two common reasons patients come to see Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL, to address typical signs of aging. Firstly, those taking place on the face in the form of wrinkles, cheek depressions, sagging skin, and secondly, those stubborn pockets of fat in various parts of their bodies that don’t respond to a healthy diet and exercise regime.

What you may not realize is that it’s possible to smooth out those pesky signs of aging on your face while simultaneously trimming away unsightly pockets of “donor” body fat from your own body through a process known as autologous fat transfer.

Commonly referred to as fat transfer, fat grafting, or lipofilling, autologous fat transfer is a wonderfully safe and effective procedure that can be used to trim fat from areas of your body with which you’re not happy while enhancing other areas. The end result is a look that is not only permanent, but vibrant, youthful, and a great boost to your self-confidence.

From Where and How Is the Fat Transferred?

During an autologous fat transfer procedure, Dr. Mussat uses liposuction to remove fat from various areas of the body, such as the:

  • Inner thighs
  • Abdominal area
  • Back
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Upper arms

Excess fat cells are extracted through tiny incisions from these areas, spun in a centrifuge, cleaned, and purified before they’re processed and turned into an effective dermal filler.

The entire process of removing and then injecting the fat usually takes 1-4 hours, depending on the size of the areas being treated. Thanks to the small size of the incisions and the minimally invasive nature of the injections, downtime and recovery time are minimal.

If you’re interested in learning how to add shape and volume to areas where it can help you look more youthful while at the same time slim down trouble areas of your body, why not schedule a visit with Dr. Florence Mussat at her Chicago, IL plastic surgery office?

What Areas of My Face Can Benefit From Fat Transfer?

Fat grafting is an excellent way to address visible signs of aging in different areas of the face, including:

Cheeks and Temples

Sunken cheeks and temples are among the most common and most noticeable signs of aging in the face. Our cheeks often start to sag and droop as the skin loses elasticity due to the natural aging process and factors such as weight loss and family genetics. Fortunately, we can naturally add volume to sunken cheeks through facial fat grafting and make them appear more plump and youthful.

Under the Eyes

That hollowed-out, gaunt look under the eyes can cause a person to appear older than their actual age or even look sick and unhealthy. Facial fat grafting can be used to transfer fat into the area under the eyes, correct dark circles, add volume to thinning skin, and reduce other aging signs under the eyes.

Jawline

As they age, many people develop “jowls,” where the skin becomes thinner and less elastic and starts to sag below the jawline. Facial fat grafting to the jawline can tighten and reduce the appearance of jowls.

Are There Any Additional Areas of My Face Fat Transfer Can Help?

In addition to those areas mentioned above, facial fat grafting can also improve the appearance of thinning lips, tear troughs, forehead lines, and lines around the mouth.

With expert fat grafting, you can quickly and safely achieve a rejuvenated facial appearance.

Apart from the face, fat can also be transferred through grafting to other areas of the body that, over time, sag or lose their shape, like breasts, buttocks, hands, and even calves.

Take That Next Step To Looking Younger!

For a complete assessment of how board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat can use fat transfer to help you look younger, schedule a personal consultation in Chicago, IL, or call (312) 751-9000 today!

How Many Areas Can One Liposuction Procedure Treat?

Having embarrassing pockets of stubborn fat on your thighs, hips, abdomen, buttocks, back, flanks, or under your chin can affect your self-esteem and make you feel unattractive. Genetics, lifestyle choices, or multiple pregnancies could contribute to these troublesome areas that refuse to respond to your healthy diet and exercise routine.

Liposuction can be an effective procedure at reducing your problem areas, and you may be wondering whether you could have multiple areas of the body treated simultaneously. What you learn in your consultation with Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL, might surprise you, so keep reading!

How Much Fat Can Surgery Remove?

How many areas can one liposuction procedure treat? The answer depends on how much fat Dr. Mussat can safely remove during a single session. To minimize risk, it’s a best practice to avoid removing more than five liters of fat at once. If your goal is to get rid of more than this, Dr. Mussat will need to create a treatment plan spanning multiple stages and sessions.

People who have more than five liters of body fat removed are high-volume liposuction patients. Since the chances of surgical complications increase with the amount of fat taken out, undergoing high-volume liposuction requires you to spend at least one night in the hospital.

It’s best to think of liposuction as a procedure that refines and contours your existing shape. If your goal is to lose a dramatic amount of weight, you are likely a better candidate for a different surgical approach, such as bariatric surgery.

Before considering liposuction, we recommend you have already achieved your ideal body weight, with a body mass index of less than 30.

Liposuction is a highly personalized treatment, and the number of areas you can have treated in a single visit will depend on several factors, including the following:

  • Your physique and anatomy
  • Location of each targeted area of fat
  • Volume of fat you hope to remove
  • Your unique body contouring objectives

When considering liposuction in Chicago, IL, remember that Dr. Florence Mussat is an expert in body contouring and can create a safe and effective treatment plan to match your specific goals.

Fat in One Region of the Body

If you hope to have fat removed from parts of the body in the same general region – such as the hips, thighs, and buttocks – it may be possible to treat these areas during a single outpatient visit.

Fat in Multiple Regions of the Body

Often, stubborn fat deposits don’t accumulate in one localized area. As a result, you may want to know how many areas a single liposuction session can address.

There isn’t a specific limit to the number of areas that can be treated during a single liposuction visit. Instead, the amount of fat Dr. Mussat can remove will depend on your unique anatomy and the volume and number of areas you wish to address. For example, a petite person might have all their target regions taken care of during only one liposuction session. However, someone with a larger build might require multiple treatments to remove the appropriate amount of fat safely.

If the volume of fat you wish to remove is more than the amount deemed appropriate for your body, or if the procedure might take longer than Dr. Mussat considers safe, staged procedures are typically the best solution.

As the number of treatment sites increases, so will side effects like pain and swelling. The recovery time associated with having multiple areas treated at once is also longer. After completing the liposuction procedure, Dr. Mussat will apply a compression garment, limiting swelling in the targeted areas.

Having liposuction performed across multiple areas is a highly individualized treatment. Dr. Mussat will determine the number of sessions necessary treat all your trouble spots according to your unique circumstances.

How Long Does It Take to Recover?

Fortunately, since liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, recovery should take about two to three  weeks. You’ll need to diligently wear your compression garment 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 in the treated areas should soon resolve on their own. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, follow a healthy diet, and stay hydrated during your recovery.

Learn More About Liposuction in Chicago, IL

The decision to have stubborn fat removed from multiple areas of your body with liposuction is highly personal, and having any part of yourself surgically altered isn’t a decision you should make lightly. For the best advice, 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!