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

Month: May 2021

What Is a Labiaplasty Procedure and What Does It Involve?

The term “labiaplasty” isn’t well known, and this is because it involves a woman’s most intimate area. And yet, for several very practical reasons, more and more women are choosing to seek advice regarding labiaplasty and undergo the procedure to reduce the size and improve the symmetry of their labial tissue.

Labia size and shape are as individual as eye color, and there is considerable variety to what is considered normal. However, when a woman’s labia are significantly elongated, the excess tissue can cause discomfort, get in the way of everyday functions such as physical activities or the wearing of tight clothing, or be subject to recurring hygiene issues as well as infections.

What Is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty surgery reduces the size of the labia minora (inner tissues of the female genitalia), making it flush with the labia majora (outer part of the female genitalia). During the labiaplasty procedure, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat trims off the excess tissue and allows the lips of the labia minora to sit tucked neatly within the labia majora. Depending on the patient’s surgical needs, the procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia.

Why Have Labiaplasty Surgery in Chicago?

Women often choose to have labiaplasty surgery when they find that their labia minora are too large and protrude beyond the labia majora, putting the labia minora at risk of becoming irritated, infected, or even damaged.

For moms, the vaginal birthing process might have caused the labia to stretch considerably to allow the baby to pass through the birth canal. Alternatively, a congenital deformity, something with which a woman may be born, or even an injury, could have caused this enlarged size.

What Labiaplasty Surgery Procedures Are There?

Labiaplasty surgery is performed to reduce the size of labial tissue or create symmetry to labia that are unusually shaped. Dr. Mussat uses two different procedures for accomplishing this: the wedge and trim methods. The wedge method removes a v-shaped wedge from the labia minora, leaving the outer edge intact. The trim method removes surplus labial skin from the outer edges of the labia minora.

While the operation itself is typically completed in less than two hours, certain lifestyle adjustments need to be maintained for at least six weeks afterward for the recovery process to complete successfully. These include avoiding strenuous activities and abstaining from sex.

Am I a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty in Chicago?

Candidates best suited for labiaplasty are generally women who experience discomfort due to:

  • Feeling self-conscious about overly-large or unusually shaped labia.
  • Discomfort experienced when riding a bike or wearing tight-fitting clothing.
  • Have labia that easily become pinched or chafed during everyday activities.

Your Next Steps with Dr. Florence Mussat

As a woman, you should never have to experience physical discomfort or embarrassment due to unusually shaped or enlarged labia. With labiaplasty, female plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat can reshape your labia and provide a resized and symmetrical look to reduce your discomfort and let you get back to normal.

To schedule a private consultation with Dr. Mussat in Chicago and learn more about the aesthetic and physical benefits of labiaplasty, contact her office by calling (312) 751-9000 today.

Easy Skincare Routine For Busy Moms

When you’re trying to manage a career, a household, take care of a baby—as well as the rest of the family—it can be easy to let your self-care routine go. Remind yourself that taking moments for self-care can provide the well-deserved mood boost and mental pause you need for yourself, your work, and your family.

Even busy, tired mamas can have beautiful, glowing skin following a simple routine like this one shared by Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL. For specific product recommendations, feel free to contact her for more information.

Use a Gentle Daily Cleanser

Use micellar water, which is less likely to dry out and irritate your skin, or an oil-based, alcohol-free cleanser. Simply saturate a cotton pad, then wipe the pad across your skin, and of course, follow up with a moisturizer.

Always Wear Sunscreen

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays damage our skin all year round, not just in the summer, and are responsible for 90 percent of the skin’s aging. Sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is essential when it comes to your daily skincare routine. Be sure to apply an actual sunscreen product, not a moisturizer with SPF or a foundation that includes SPF.

Moisturize Twice a Day

Hydration is what keeps your skin plump and youthful throughout the day. Apply moisturizer twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.

With all the moisturizers on the market, finding the best one can be a challenge. Keep it simple by looking for gel creams that incorporate ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help restore the skin barrier, retain moisture, and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Exfoliate Occasionally, Not Every Day

Exfoliating your skin removes the dead cell buildup that can cause irritation, dullness, and acne. While it’s not something you should do every single day, make it a part of your skincare routine a few times a week.

Rather than a physical exfoliator, use a chemical exfoliant as it polishes away dead and dull skin, allowing the active ingredients in your other skincare products to penetrate better. Ultimately, this leads to healthier, smoother-looking bright, and dewy skin.

Add an Anti-Aging Product

While the routine outlined above is essential for establishing and maintaining healthy skin, you need to optimize it even further by including an anti-aging retinol serum to help prevent the wear and tear of everyday life.

Retinol—a less potent, over-the-counter version of a retinoid—is one of those rare ingredients that can penetrate deep into your dermis and stimulate collagen production right at the source. Over time, a retinol-based product will help even out texture, fine lines, wrinkles and even reduce pore size.

Keep in mind that retinol makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays and that sunlight decreases its efficacy, so it’s best only to apply it at night.

Need More Information To Get Started?

If you are looking to jumpstart your skincare routine, we’re here to help. Dr. Florence Mussat is an expert in medical-grade skincare, as well as plastic surgery of the breast, body, and face.

Schedule a personal consultation with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL, or call (312) 751-9000 today!