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


Month: July 2021

How You Can Slim Down This Summer with Liposuction

Reinvent your shape with Dr. Florence Mussat‘s liposuction services. Perhaps you’re sticking to a healthy lifestyle routine but aren’t seeing improvements. You’d like to part ways with unwanted body fat, but you’re not sure what to do. Thankfully, liposuction can help you feel better about your appearance. 

Here’s how! 

What is Liposuction? 

Liposuction treats trapped, stubborn fat by using techniques that remove fat for body contouring and improved health. Common locations for fat removal include the thighs, arms, neck, hips, abdomen, and buttocks. 

Liposuction’s Proven Benefits 

Many studies suggest that the surgery may reduce the total number of inflammatory cells by 11%—the greater the inflammatory cells, the greater one’s risk for cardiovascular disease. The reduction of inflammatory cells also improves cholesterol. Reducing blood fat levels decreases total triglycerides. Some research suggests that triglycerides are reduced more significantly through liposuction than through medication. In a 2011 study, persons with high blood fat levels had a 43% decrease in triglycerides than those on medication with a 20% reduction.

How Does Liposuction in Chicago with Dr. Musset Work? 

The patient is sedated using general or local anesthesia and IV sedation. Traditional liposuction begins with a small incision at the target area. Next, a saline solution and an anesthetic are injected to remove more fat and reduce bleeding. Then, a cannula is inserted and moved through the incision area, and fat cells are suctioned out. Once removed, the area is dressed in soft bandages and overlying compression materials to reduce swelling.  

Good Candidates for Liposuction

Those with hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disorders, and susceptibility to weight fluctuations are good candidates. Ideal candidates have highly elastic skin, as this is required to shape the musculature after fat removal. If the skin is not flexible, it will be difficult for the skin to reshape itself. Candidates must not be pregnant, breastfeeding, or be below a healthy body weight to partake in liposuction. 

What Happens During a Liposuction Treatment? 

The surgeon will inject a solution that helps in fat removal and an anesthetic to relieve tension and pain experienced during standard procedures. Epinephrine is also injected to assist with the constriction of blood vessels. This constriction aids in fat removal. You will be under anesthesia and will not feel any pain during the procedure. 

Liposuction Recovery 

Full recovery can take anywhere between two and three months. You may return to work after one week and start exercising after four weeks. The more time you give your body to rest, the faster it will heal. Be prepared for swelling, bruising, and soreness, and continue wearing compression bandages as you heal. 

Take the Next Step and Slim Down for Summer!

Consider liposuction as your jumpstart to restored health and confidence. Reclaim your commitment to necessary diet and exercise changes! 

To learn more about liposuction, visit fmussatmd.com and read up on Dr. Mussat’s process. The experts at our Chicago practice are happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us at (312) 751-9000 to find out how Dr. Musset can assist you in slimming down this summer.

Skincare Products You Should Be Using This Summer

Let summer benefit your skin with the right skincare products. While you may have some luck with over-the-counter retinoids to significantly reduce signs of aging, you’ll want to include prescription-grade Vitamin A topicals to restore your glow. In this article, we discuss the prescription topicals used to improve your skin’s appearance and the best products for the best summer skincare routine. Read on to learn how you can achieve a youthful summer glow. 

Should you have any questions about taking care of your skin in the summer, please feel free to contact Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL, for specific product recommendations on her website.

Go For Prescription Retinoids 

Prescription topical retinoids include Retin-A Cream (tretinoin), Isotrex Gel (isotretinoin), and Differin Gel (adapalene). These creams reverse aging, sun damage and eliminate acne. Long-term usage may also improve the appearance of wrinkles, comedones, and pigmentation. Let your skin get used to the cream by applying it every other night. Once your skin adjusts, apply it every night. Always wear sunscreen during daylight hours, as these creams increase the chance of sunburn. 

Summer Skincare Routine 

In addition to these prescription-grade products, you should also consider following a typical skincare routine for the summer months. The main products include a cleanser, sunscreen, moisturizer, exfoliating agent, and anti-aging serum. You won’t likely use the serum daily or exfoliate every day, but both rejuvenate your skin’s appearance. Here is a breakdown of what to look for:

Cleansers: The goal of a daily cleanser is to gently clean your skin and prepare it for additional skincare treatments. To avoid irritation and dryness, stick to cleansers that are free of harsh chemicals, including alcohol. Some gentle choices include micellar water and oil-based alternatives. To properly apply, wet a cotton pad with your cleanser and gently wipe it across your face. 

Moisturizers: After you’ve used your cleanser, apply a moisturizer to rehydrate. For effective moisturization, remember that staying hydrated is the goal. Moisturize twice a day with ceramides (a fatty acid) and hyaluronic acid. These properties keep moisture locked in, restoring skin and reducing aging. 

Sunscreen: Apply a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30. Do not make the mistake of using foundations or moisturizers tinted with sunblock as sunscreen. These are not adequate substitutes. 

Exfoliate On Occasion: Exfoliate twice a week and only after cleansing. Cleansing prepares your skin for the rest of your skincare routine, and this includes exfoliation. The purpose of exfoliation is to get rid of the caked-on dead cells that lead to acne. Integrate chemical exfoliants that do the deep cleaning on their own by sinking deep into the skin’s surface. 

Anti-Aging Serums:  Include an anti-aging product that aids against the decline of skin. The prescription-based products mentioned at the start of this article are anti-aging products that improve skin texture, anti-aging, and pore size reduction. 

Need More Information on the Best Skincare Products This Summer?

Taking care of your skin in summer requires paying special attention to how the seasons might affect your skin. Reward yourself with an effortless summer glow by using a carefully thought-out skincare routine. 

If you are looking for the best advice on summer skincare, we’re here to help. Dr. Florence Mussat is an expert in medical-grade skincare. Schedule a personal consultation or call (312) 751-9000 today!