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


Month: September 2022

Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, or Both?

When your abdominal area becomes a problem due to excess skin and a sagging bulge, and diet and exercise offer you little to no help, you may feel the urge to seek cosmetic solutions. Though you might have shed pounds by dieting and putting in effort at the gym, your abdomen could still refuse to cooperate after pregnancy or significant weight loss.

Fortunately, there is help in Chicago for your aesthetic concerns. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat offers two popular procedures for patients who want to look fit and feel attractive in their personal or professional lives. Liposuction and abdominoplasty are excellent cosmetic enhancements that have proven to deliver outstanding aesthetic benefits.

Liposuction for Tummy Sculpting

When excess fat is the primary reason for your belly bulge, liposuction is an excellent option. It involves tiny incisions that allow Dr. Mussat to insert a specialized device known as a cannula. After introducing the thin, hollow cannula into the incisions, she suctions the unwanted fat cells. Dr. Mussat may use a tumescent solution comprised of saline and a local anesthetic or choose ultrasound-assisted liposuction for fat removal.

Once Dr. Mussat has removed the stubborn fat, she will apply soft bandages and an overlying compression garment to support incisions as you heal. Because the incisions are so small, they typically require no sutures. Though you will notice an immediate improvement, it will take a few months to realize full benefits.

Tummy Tuck Surgery

Reducing excess skin in the abdomen requires a more intricate procedure. Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and reinforces the abdominal wall. This plastic surgery requires lifting the skin to expose damaged abdominal muscles stretched by pregnancy or weight fluctuations.

A tummy tuck uses internal and external sutures, and recovery is longer and more involved than liposuction. Dr. Mussat employs multiple techniques for tummy tuck surgery, including a mini tummy tuck and a traditional tummy tuck. The primary difference is that the mini tuck only addresses the lower abdomen below the belly button.

Combining the Two

There are advantages to combining aesthetic procedures to address multiple cosmetic concerns. Such is the case with adding liposuction to tummy tuck surgery. Here, you can resolve all the problems associated with a post-pregnancy stomach – excess skin, fat, and a damaged abdominal wall.

Dr. Mussat typically employs liposuction with mini and traditional tummy tucks. It makes sense to remove lingering fat, even if you’ve lost most of your belly pouch.

Pairing procedures will reduce risk and save you time and money. Less time in the surgery room means a more affordable cost. And by combining your surgeries, you will only have one recovery time, which will be no longer than a tummy tuck recovery when performed as a stand-alone procedure.

What’s Best for You?

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Mussat and learn more about liposuction, abdominoplasty, or a combination procedure, contact us or call (312) 751-9000.

Fillers vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery: How to Choose Between Them

The delicate skin around your eyes is a telltale indicator of age, especially when undereye hollows create unwelcome shadows and dark circles. To resolve this issue, many people face a decision between surgical and non-surgical remedies – namely, a lower blepharoplasty or dermal fillers. Which one is better to help you meet your goals?

Lower Blepharoplasty Explained

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat can reshape your lower eyelids via a straightforward lifting surgery, using tiny incisions to prevent noticeable scarring.

The operation will reduce any undereye lines or lost volume that may cause darkness and make the area beneath your eyes look hollow. You can also combine a lower blepharoplasty with an upper eyelid lift for a comprehensive improvement to your eye beauty. The procedure takes about an hour, and recovery typically takes two to three weeks.

Dermal Fillers for Undereye Hollows

Another option for voids under your eyes is to add volume with dermal fillers. This non-surgical approach offers immediate, albeit temporary, results. A quick fix is desirable for many of our patients who have little to no free time to devote to recovery and healing. Plus, it can give you a preview of the benefits of lower eyelid surgery before making that commitment.

Which One Is for You?

The decision to get cosmetic procedures is always incredibly personal. Often, younger people who want to proactively address facial aging opt for fillers instead of surgery as a short-term fix. But once they realize what dermal fillers can do for them, many choose longer-lasting results with eyelid surgery.

Our patients over 40 typically choose the surgical route. They understand dermal fillers require touch-ups to maintain their look, and prefer the option of addressing the effects of aging on their eyes without needing follow-up treatments.

The Choice Is Yours

No matter which option you decide is better for you, choose a Chicago board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Mussat is a renowned cosmetic surgeon who cares for her patients. She will answer your questions and address your concerns during your initial visit.

If you are currently considering how to improve your facial beauty by addressing undereye bags or hollows, Dr. Mussat will help you choose the right path to achieve your cosmetic goals. She will work with you during your consultation and throughout the process to optimize your facial appearance.

To schedule an eyelid lift or dermal filler consultation with Dr. Mussat, contact our Chicago office online or call (312) 751-9000 today.