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


Breast Surgery Options

If you are looking for a variety of breast surgery options, then look no further than our office. Our procedures include the following: breast augmentation, lift, implant removal with lift, revision, reduction, and nipple reduction. This variety of procedures offered will be sure to cater to exactly what you need and want.

What is a breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is arguably the most popular aesthetic procedure in the entire plastic surgery realm. It is the most sought-after procedure for a variety of reasons ranging from wanting and increase in size to evening out drastic changes in your body.

A breast augmentation will give you three choices of implants that include saline breast implants, traditional silicone gel breast implants, and form-stable silicone gel breast implants. There are pros and cons to all three of these implants.

Silicone Breast Implants

Women of today are asking for a more natural look when consulting with their surgeons. The concept of “bigger is better” may have started the fire of this procedure but it has changed over the years. More women are moving away from busty implants and choosing to go with a more natural look and size. A natural appearance is most commonly achieved with silicone breast implants. These implants are filled with silicone gel and their feel is more so like natural breast tissue. This implant will not collapse if there is a leak of gel.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. If the implant leaks, the saline implant will collapse, which leads to the body absorbing and naturally removing the saline. These provide a firm feel with a uniform-like shape.

Form-stable Silicone Gel Breast Implants

These implants are typically referred to as “Gummy Bear” implants due to their inside look resembling that of a gummy bear. These implants are filled with silicone gel instead of silicone liquid. They are also available in different shapes, such as a textured, round, or teardrop. These implants have a smaller chance of complications and are less likely in need of being replaced.


The breast augmentation procedure has a variety of ways of being performed. The incision patterns used by Dr. Mussat include the periareolar incision, the inframammary incision, and the transaxillary incision. Through consultations and your individual needs, an incision pattern will be decided between patient and surgeon.

The actual procedure involves an incision in one of four areas. These areas include the underside of the breast, under the arm, around the nipple, or through a previous incision. Each two-step has pros and cons. The implant is placed through the incision and then stitched up. The surgery is very routine.

Along with incisions is the placement options of the breast implants. The placement options include submuscular placement and subglandular placement, meaning under or above the muscle. Again, the placement is based on individual need and what Dr. Mussat considers to be the best for the individual.


The after effects are similar to any surgery. Some complications include asymmetry, ptosis, and pain. If the patient is an ideal candidate for the procedure, with small breasts, and breast asymmetry, they will be back to work within 1-2 weeks. The ideal candidate’s procedure will take 1-2 hours and will only take one surgery. This includes both the saline and silicone implants.

Following the procedure, a person can expect to take about one week off of work. There are different types of recovery depending on a woman’s age and health. For example, there is step by step guide for athletes that want to workout following their procedure. The guide is over the course of nine weeks. The exercise begins at a low intensity and slowly builds up to what the person was doing before their surgery.

Along with exercise and surgical scars is a healthy diet. There are comprehensive lists of foods to eat Pre-Op and Post-Op. Before the procedure, it is recommended that a person should stop all consumption of alcohol and any supplements they are taking. It is recommended that a person stock up on vitamins such as a multivitamins. Post-Op care includes stocking up on even more vitamins such as amino acids, protein powders, vitamin C, and fish oil. The Post-Op food and beverages include water, citrus, fresh veggies, lean meats, and almonds. Of course, these recovery plans are all dependent on the individual person.

The key to choosing a breast procedure lies in knowing what you really want. This decision comes from knowing yourself and talking with your surgeon. During your consultation, all of the information will be handed to you along with the guidance of what you should choose. Your surgeon will not lead you astray but to the ultimate goal of having the procedure that will ultimately make you happy.

Call 312-751-9000 to book your consultation today!