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

Category: Body Care

How a Fat Transfer Can Help You Look Younger | Dr. Florence Mussat

One day, while looking in the mirror, you’ll notice a line that wasn’t there last week. It happens to everyone sooner or later. Aging is an unavoidable part of life, and with it comes many small changes that may negatively impact the way you see and feel about yourself.

There are two common reasons patients come to see Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL, to address typical signs of aging. Firstly, those taking place on the face in the form of wrinkles, cheek depressions, sagging skin, and secondly, those stubborn pockets of fat in various parts of their bodies that don’t respond to a healthy diet and exercise regime.

What you may not realize is that it’s possible to smooth out those pesky signs of aging on your face while simultaneously trimming away unsightly pockets of “donor” body fat from your own body through a process known as autologous fat transfer.

Commonly referred to as fat transfer, fat grafting, or lipofilling, autologous fat transfer is a wonderfully safe and effective procedure that can be used to trim fat from areas of your body with which you’re not happy while enhancing other areas. The end result is a look that is not only permanent, but vibrant, youthful, and a great boost to your self-confidence.

From Where and How Is the Fat Transferred?

During an autologous fat transfer procedure, Dr. Mussat uses liposuction to remove fat from various areas of the body, such as the:

  • Inner thighs
  • Abdominal area
  • Back
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Upper arms

Excess fat cells are extracted through tiny incisions from these areas, spun in a centrifuge, cleaned, and purified before they’re processed and turned into an effective dermal filler.

The entire process of removing and then injecting the fat usually takes 1-4 hours, depending on the size of the areas being treated. Thanks to the small size of the incisions and the minimally invasive nature of the injections, downtime and recovery time are minimal.

If you’re interested in learning how to add shape and volume to areas where it can help you look more youthful while at the same time slim down trouble areas of your body, why not schedule a visit with Dr. Florence Mussat at her Chicago, IL plastic surgery office?

What Areas of My Face Can Benefit From Fat Transfer?

Fat grafting is an excellent way to address visible signs of aging in different areas of the face, including:

Cheeks and Temples

Sunken cheeks and temples are among the most common and most noticeable signs of aging in the face. Our cheeks often start to sag and droop as the skin loses elasticity due to the natural aging process and factors such as weight loss and family genetics. Fortunately, we can naturally add volume to sunken cheeks through facial fat grafting and make them appear more plump and youthful.

Under the Eyes

That hollowed-out, gaunt look under the eyes can cause a person to appear older than their actual age or even look sick and unhealthy. Facial fat grafting can be used to transfer fat into the area under the eyes, correct dark circles, add volume to thinning skin, and reduce other aging signs under the eyes.

Jawline

As they age, many people develop “jowls,” where the skin becomes thinner and less elastic and starts to sag below the jawline. Facial fat grafting to the jawline can tighten and reduce the appearance of jowls.

Are There Any Additional Areas of My Face Fat Transfer Can Help?

In addition to those areas mentioned above, facial fat grafting can also improve the appearance of thinning lips, tear troughs, forehead lines, and lines around the mouth.

With expert fat grafting, you can quickly and safely achieve a rejuvenated facial appearance.

Apart from the face, fat can also be transferred through grafting to other areas of the body that, over time, sag or lose their shape, like breasts, buttocks, hands, and even calves.

Take That Next Step To Looking Younger!

For a complete assessment of how board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat can use fat transfer to help you look younger, schedule a personal consultation in Chicago, IL, or call (312) 751-9000 today!

Get Ready for Valentine’s Day – 10 Ways to Look and Feel Your Best

Valentine’s Day comes at the perfect time of year. The joy and excitement of the Christmas season are but a memory. As we eagerly begin to anticipate the arrival of spring, February brings us Valentine’s Day and, with it, a much-needed dose of fun, romance, and excitement.

With more and more people going the extra mile to look their best for Valentine’s Day, why not schedule a visit with Dr. Florence Mussat at her Chicago plastic surgery office?

Be on your way to a fresh, vibrant look with one of these 10 solutions from Dr. Mussat.

1.     Restore Youthful Fullness to Your Face

Perhaps it’s due to genetics, aging, or simply your facial structure, but parts of your face could be lacking in volume and making you appear gaunt. Well, it is possible to enhance your facial volume and improve the appearance of your face with a facial fat transfer expertly performed by Dr. Mussat.

2.     Fall in Love With Your Skin

Taking care of one’s skin is essential throughout the year, and there’s no better time than now to get back your radiant glow in time for Valentine’s Day with a nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatment.

With medical-grade, topical retinoids, various conditions, including mild to moderate acne, signs of sun damage, freckles, fine lines, and wrinkles, can be treated.

3.     Refresh Your Eyelids

Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but drooping eyelid skin or undereye bags could be concealing and aging your eyes, making you look tired, sad, or angry. If so, you could be a good candidate for an eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty. It could take years off your appearance and give your self-esteem a big boost.

4.     Repair the Sun Damage

Even though summer is long gone, your skin could still be showing signs of too much sun with dryness, new lines, and wrinkles. Dr. Mussat offers a range of treatments to undo the harsh effects of summer, and just two of these are highlighted below.

Chemical Peel: Replaces thickened and damaged skin with fresh, youthful cells, eliminating uneven pigmentation and skin discoloration.

Microdermabrasion: By rubbing fine crystals across the skin with a medically-calibrated wand, the rough outer layer is removed, and new skin stimulated.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation: A concentrated beam of light is used to gently exfoliate the skin’s sun-damaged outer layer.

5.     Reclaim Your Youthful Shape

Becoming a mother can be one of the most rewarding experiences. However, pregnancy and breastfeeding can leave you with unwelcome reminders such as stomach flab and flattened breasts.

While diet and exercise can go a long way towards reclaiming your youthful appeal, a mommy makeover as a Valentine’s gift to yourself could be all you need to restore your youthful figure.

6.     Get Back Those Perky Breasts

Full, perky breasts may be a distant memory of the days before gravity, weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding changed things. To regain confidence in your appearance this Valentine’s Day, a breast lift could be exactly what you need.

7.     Slim Your Jawline

Whether it’s the result of age or weight gain, a double chin can be one of the most frustrating facial flaws to have. Through a facelift, Dr. Mussat can tighten loose skin under your chin and neck area, lift those sagging jowls and restore a youthful appearance.

8.     Tone and Tighten

Are you plagued by problem areas of flab that won’t go away? Regardless of how much you exercise and eat healthily, do you find that lean, sexy stomach continues to elude you?

Well, you might consider a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, which surgically removes excess skin and flesh from the abdomen and even repairs abdominal muscles damaged during pregnancy or weight gain.

9.     Restore Those Smooth Contours

If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight either through diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery, you could now have excess skin in areas of the body where large amounts of fat used to be. Through one or more body contouring procedures, expertly performed by Dr. Mussat, you could be well on your way to having your body’s contours restored by Valentine’s Day.

10.            Put Your Best Face Forward

Despite taking good care of yourself and trying to age gracefully, age-related changes in your face are still inevitable.

With facelift surgery, Dr. Mussat can tighten and lift the soft tissues of your face, tighten lax, excess skin and surgically reposition sagging facial tissue giving you a more youthful, rejuvenated look.

Regain Your Sexy, Youthful Look in Time for Valentine’s Day!

What better to get a self-confidence boost and bring some excitement back into your love life before Valentine’s Day than a visit to board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL?

Too look your absolute best before Valentine’s day, schedule a personal consultation or call (312) 751-9000 today!

How to Keep a Slim Body Before the Holidays

Do you dread going into the holidays carrying an extra 10—15 lbs? If so, you’re not alone.

Everyone wants to be in great shape and to be sporting their best body before the festive season gets underway. Here’s an excellent strategy to slim down and stay trim before the holidays start, not after!

Do a 7-Day Pre-Holiday Detox

A 7-day detox can help you rid your body of common causes of inflammation and the stress it causes your body, making it harder for you to stay in shape. In the days leading up to the holidays, stay away from the following foods:

Refined sugar. Removing sugar from your diet leads to you being less inflamed and re-sensitizes your taste buds to sweetness. You’ll then be able to fully appreciate all the sugary goodness that comes with the holidays and only stick to a few bites. You most likely won’t need as much sweetness to feel satisfied, either.

Dairy. You may not be aware that it’s happening to you, but as we get older, many of us lose the ability to digest dairy. As a consequence, slight inflammation may result, which makes some people break out. Try removing dairy from your pre-holiday diet and see how your digestion and energy levels improve.

Gluten. Not only a common cause of inflammation, but gluten can also make it more challenging to lose weight. Go gluten-free for your 7-day detox and notice how you start to feel. You may be surprised by how much it improves your digestion, mood, and overall health. Look for tasty grains that don’t have gluten, like rice, millet, or quinoa.

Eat More Vegetables

You might think you have been misled your whole life, but eating vegetables truly is a good idea, especially if you want to drop some pounds and keep them off. Why? Not only are vegetables high in fiber and low in calories, but the vitamins and minerals they contain nourish your body and reduce cravings.

Increase Your Water Intake

Staying extra hydrated not only helps your skin to develop a healthy glow but it also speeds up your weight loss efforts. Being dehydrated contributes to fatigue and stubborn weight gain. Try drinking more water throughout the day, and you’ll become healthier and feel more energized.

Stay Away From the Snacks

In the lead up to the holiday season, unhealthy snacks like cookies and other goodies become plentiful, which means you’re more likely to snack unnecessarily.

Keep treats out of sight and if you are hungry and need a snack, opt for real foods. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds are filling snacks without added sugars or unhealthy fats — both of which can lead to weight gain.

Watch Your Portion Sizes

People who eat larger portions tend to gain weight more easily. The best way to deal with this is to control portion sizes or use smaller plates.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep deprivation is quite common during the holidays and may lead to weight gain. By increasing your hunger hormone levels, it ultimately leads to a higher calorie intake.

Exercise

People who are more active have lower inflammation levels, which leads to the body being healthy and strong. Exercise promotes higher energy throughout the day, and you’ll notice the benefits in your mental and emotional well-being, too.

Dr. Florence Mussat Can Help

Should you need more help with staying slim and would like to consider surgical and nonsurgical alternatives, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Florence Mussat, in Chicago, IL, is standing by. With her help, you can soon be on your way to achieving the look you’ve always wanted, and before the holidays. Schedule a personal consultation with her online or by calling (312) 751-9000 today!