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


Month: August 2022

How Long Do InstaLift Results Last?

Have you ever wished you could turn back the clock and look more like your younger self? While cosmetic surgeries like a facelift, brow lift, and eyelid lift are excellent options, not everyone is ready for surgery to help smooth away wrinkles, folds, and fine lines. If this sounds like you, you may wish to consider Silhouette InstaLift.

In this post, we’ll answer the most frequently asked questions about this non-surgical option.

How Does Instalift Work?

The InstaLift procedure involves biodegradable, surgical-grade threads and small, absorbable cones that anchor them into place. While the threads provide the lift, the cones create fixation points for your newly elevated skin, which helps restore youthful contours to your face.


Silhouette InstaLift acts in the subcutaneous level of the skin to stimulate collagen, which is a protein that serves as a “scaffolding” for skin.


During your procedure, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat will inject the threads and cones into the subcutaneous fat layer beneath your skin to create the desired effect. InstaLift can reposition your tissues to reveal a firmer, tighter jaw, cheeks, and neckline.


For up to a year and a half after your InstaLift procedure, your body will naturally absorb the cones and stimulate new collagen growth to retain your youthful appearance.


How Long Do Silhouette InstaLift Results Last?

Expect continued improvements in lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin over the next three to six months after your InstaLift treatment. These results typically last a year to 18 months, as new collagen forms and continues supporting your skin.

Some patients choose follow-up InstaLift sessions when their results start fading to maintain their benefits. In addition, it pairs well with other non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments.

How Long Does an InstaLift Session Take?

After you consult Dr. Mussat and agree that InstaLift is right for you, she will schedule your treatment. Including prep time, the average InstaLift session takes 30 to 45 minutes.

Dr. Mussat will begin by marking the treatment area to determine where to place the threads. Next, she will apply a local numbing cream or injection to ensure your comfort. Then, she will gently thread the InstaLift threads under the skin surface for a tight hold.

What Does InstaLift Feel Like?

You could notice an instant lifting effect after your session, but results will continue to improve over the following weeks.

InstaLift is a relatively painless procedure. Most patients compare the sensation to getting an injection or dermal filler treatments.

Dr. Mussat carefully places the threads in the fatty tissue under your skin to avoid sensitive nerves. Though you’ll feel the threads pass under your skin, it shouldn’t be painful.

Is There Downtime After InstaLift?

InstaLift doesn’t require any recovery time. However, you may experience bruising and swelling for the first few days after treatment. If you want to look your best for an upcoming event, schedule your appointment far enough ahead to allow swelling and bruising to diminish.

Avoid strenuous workouts or other activities for about a week after your InstaLift appointment. You can resume your normal daily activities afterward.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Mussat and learn more about how InstaLift can lift sagging facial skin and restore facial beauty, contact us or call (312) 751-9000.

Can You Breastfeed Safely After Getting Implants?

Breast augmentation helps many women be more confident about their breast size and shape. But some hesitate to have the procedure because they plan to have a family and worry that this surgery may interfere with breastfeeding.

For many mothers, breastfeeding is an act of selfless love. There are several reasons for nursing your baby – including bonding, providing healthy nutrition, and boosting your growing child’s immune system.

Is Breastfeeding With Implants Difficult?

If you have breast implants, here are the challenges you might face when nursing.

  • Low milk supply: Depending on the breast augmentation technique your surgeon used, you may have trouble producing enough milk to exclusively breastfeed. Some women with breast implants struggle with a limited milk supply.
  • Inhibited letdown: If your nipples lose sensitivity, you may have a slow or inhibited letdown, where your breasts produce less milk.
  • Sore nipples: If your nipples are ultra-sensitive, you may experience soreness that makes breastfeeding uncomfortable.

Could Implants Harm My Baby?

Researchers have not found any harmful elements in the breast milk of women with implants. Still, if small amounts of silicone get into your breast milk, it’s unlikely to harm your baby. According to the FDA, silicone is safe for infants to ingest.

How Can I Successfully Breastfeed My Baby If I Have Implants?

If you have implants and are worried about your ability to nurse an infant, here are some steps you can take.

  • Work with a lactation consultant: A professional lactation consultant can get you and your baby off to the best possible start for nursing. In addition, they can give you tips for dealing with nipple sensitivity. If you have any questions about breastfeeding, consider contacting a lactation consultant before delivering your baby.
  • Nurse your baby often: If you nurse your baby frequently, your body will respond by producing more milk. Your lactation consultant may suggest using a breast pump between feedings.
  • Tell your pediatrician about your breast surgery: A doctor will closely monitor your baby’s weight gain to ensure your newborn is getting enough to eat.

How Should You Time Your Surgery?

If you are thinking about having breast implant surgery and still plan to become pregnant and nurse your baby, it’s wise to postpone your procedure until after you wean your child. If you already have implants and would like to have them taken out before pregnancy to avoid potential complications with nursing, an breast implant removal is a safe and effective procedure that removes the entire implants with their surgical capsules.

To schedule a discreet consultation with Dr. Mussat to learn more about breast surgery, contact our Chicago office online or call (312) 751-9000 today.