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


Month: October 2022

What to Expect During a Labiaplasty Consultation

Though talking about your most intimate body part can be awkward, labiaplasty has soared in popularity over the past five years. This surgery can improve your confidence when you wear a swimsuit or are in an intimate moment with your partner.

Your labia’s appearance can be a sensitive topic to discuss with a stranger, especially a man. However, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat offers a woman’s perspective, combined with extensive medical expertise. You can feel comfortable talking to her about such a delicate subject.

What Is Labiaplasty Surgery?

The goal of a labiaplasty is to reduce the size of the labia. You may be a good candidate for this surgery if you are self-conscious about one of your vaginal lips being longer than the other or you want to reduce the size of both labia so they no longer pull, chafe, or cause embarrassment.

Whether you’re in the earliest stages of considering a labiaplasty or you’ve already scheduled your consultation, understanding the process can help you feel confident with your choice. Below is a brief overview of what you can look forward to at each step of your labiaplasty journey, from consultation to recovery.

The Labiaplasty Consultation

Dr. Mussat begins every plastic surgery with a private consultation, which is your opportunity to discuss your health, concerns, and overall goals. This in-person meeting helps her determine if you’re a good candidate for labiaplasty and, if so, create your personalized surgical plan. Arrive at your consultation prepared to talk about any medical conditions and if you’re a smoker.

Next, she’ll conduct a physical exam to understand your concerns and evaluate if labiaplasty is an optimal choice. Afterward, she will answer any questions you might have about the surgery, recovery, and downtime.

Preparing for Your Labiaplasty

After your surgery, you’ll need a trustworthy adult to drive you home from surgery. You will want to take at least one week off from work or daily responsibilities. Arrange for help around the house so you can fully focus on resting and allowing your body to heal. Prepare nutritious meals to eat during recovery, and pick up prescriptions or other supplies.

What Is the Labiaplasty Procedure Like?

Dr. Mussat will use one of two labiaplasty methods – wedge or trim.

With the wedge technique, Dr. Mussat will remove a V-shaped section of tissue from the labia, preserving the outside edges. Then, she sutures the edges together to create a natural youthful shape.

In performing the trim method, Dr. Mussat excises excess labia tissue from the outer edge before closing with sutures. This approach ensures the labia will appear pinker, which some patients prefer.

Dr. Mussat performs labiaplasty as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. You will return home on the day of surgery.

Labiaplasty Recovery

After the operation, expect to rest and recover for about one week. During this time, you can use pain medications and ice packs for optimal comfort. Expect mild discomfort and swelling and follow Dr. Mussat’s specific post-surgery instructions. You’ll notice an improvement once swelling diminishes after a few weeks.

While healing, you’ll need to avoid exercise and other strenuous activities for about four weeks and refrain from sexual activity for four to six weeks.

Request a Chicago Labiaplasty Consultation

To schedule your labiaplasty consultation, call our office at (312) 751-9000 or contact us online.

How Long Will It Take for My Breast Implants to Soften?

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic surgery for women who want to enhance their breast shape and size. As with all cosmetic procedures, once the operation is completed, there is an expectation of seeing the outcome. Unfortunately, there will be some time before you realize the final results.

Once you awake after surgery, and for some time afterward, your breasts will be high on your chest and hard to the touch. Don’t get alarmed. This is to be expected until your implants drop and fluff.

Drop and Fluff Explained

You should understand the terms “drop and fluff” before your breast surgery. If not, you may worry that your implants appear too small or too high when waking after surgery. Rest assured that this is an expected part of your recovery. Implants “drop” into their permanent position once your natural tissue adjusts to the new breast contour. The “fluff” part occurs when the implants fill the lower breast area below the nipple.

When Will My Implants Feel Soft?

Many factors affect when “drop and fluff” happens. For example, implant placement and post-operative inflammation may contribute to breast firmness. Your breasts will begin to feel softer from eight weeks to six months. Dr. Florence Mussat can be specific with your timeline during your consultation. A good rule to follow is this: the larger the breast implant, the more time it may take for your implants to look and feel natural.

Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat may recommend gentle massages to help your breast implants settle during recovery. This may include pressing your implants in certain positions multiple times daily. This practice can expand your breast pocket and prevent future complications like capsular contracture, a condition that causes scar tissue to compress your implants.

How Long Does the Swelling Last?

After surgery, you will experience some side effects, like swelling and inflammation. This is your body’s natural response to surgery. Most swelling will diminish within six weeks. Our office will provide post-surgical instructions like employing ice packs to control swelling and pain meds to manage discomfort.

Learn More About Breast Implant Recovery

You may have other questions about breast augmentation in Chicago. If you want to learn the details of drop and fluff or discuss how implants can enhance your appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Florence Mussat for a breast evaluation. She will answer all your questions, address your concerns, and ensure you fully understand the process.

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