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


Category: Breast Augmentation

What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation in Your 20s

Your 20s are a great time for a breast augmentation procedure. This procedure will place implants into your breast for enhancement and firmness. It is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in Chicago and the entire country. I wrote this post to share with young ladies in their 20s what they need to know when considering this surgical procedure.

Breast Implant Replacement in the Future

Saline and silicone breast implants can last several years, but they will likely need replacing at least once in your lifetime. In the past, plastic surgeons recommended replacing implants every ten years, but implants have come a long way. Now it is recommended to replace implants only as needed. Replacement can be for leakage due to rupture, upgrade to a more advanced model, or adjust the size or shape.

Choices for Breast Implants

If you are under 22, silicone implants are not available for you. That is not to say you cannot achieve optimal results. Both saline and silicone implants are beneficial and can successfully transform your breasts to your desired outcome.

The FDA has approved saline filled breast implants for women over the age of 18 while approving silicone filled implants for women over the age of 22. Consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon will help you to determine which type is best suited for you and if waiting for silicone might be the best option.

You Can Probably Still Breastfeed

Is breastfeeding still possible with breast implants? The answer is yes in many cases. During the consultation, let us know if this is a priority to determine the best incision to ensure success.

Pregnancy Can Cause Breast Changes

Getting pregnant after breast augmentation can cause changes to your breasts. These changes are common and may have occurred regardless of having the procedure or not. Many times a breast lift can restore any negative effects from childbearing.

Medical History a Factor

If you are a smoker, it is always in your best interest to quit, but more so if you are contemplating surgery. If you smoke, that can cause undue complications during and after surgery. I recommend you quit before considering any surgery, including breast augmentation.

We will discuss medical history during your consultation including any medications and supplements you may be taking. A big advantage to having the procedure in your 20s is the likelihood of being in good physical condition.

Importance of Realistic Expectations

An important factor in preparing for breast augmentation surgery is to set realistic goals. Factors including body type and anatomical limitations will determine what we can and cannot achieve with your procedure. Many young ladies incorrectly assume they can have the breasts of a celebrity or someone they know.

It is critical to set realistic expectations for your procedure. As a surgeon, I want my patients to be 100% satisfied with every procedure I perform. During the consultation, I explain every aspect of the surgery and how to realize optimal results. We take the time to size your breasts and allow you to visualize what would be the best implant for your anatomy. This information will set the stage for a successful procedure.

If you’re ready for more information, call Dr. Florence Mussat at (312) 751–9000 to schedule your breast augmentation consultation.

5 Things to Know Before a Breast Augmentation Procedure

Do you love your breasts? If not, come see us. Breast augmentation can increase breast size, correct asymmetry, and enhance breast shape. Discover a shapelier, yet natural look.
If you’re thinking about breast augmentation, here are five things you need to know before surgery.

Saline and Silicone Implants Are Both Good Choices

Saline or silicone? The good news is, both implant types can yield stunning results. Saline implants can be used on younger patients (18+), tend to be more affordable, can be placed through a smaller incision, and allow for easy leak detection. Silicone implants can be used on patients aged 22+. They feel more natural, even outside of the breast, and are less likely to wrinkle or ripple in the breast. Cohesive silicone gel implants, also called gummy bear implants, retain their shape very well and are available in many shapes and projections making them ideal for breast reconstruction. Each of these implant choices has its advantages and Dr. Mussat will help you choose the best implant type for your goals.

You’ll Probably Need to Replace Your Implants at Least Once

Breast surgery provides long lasting results, but you need to realize that your breast augmentation is unlikely to be your last breast surgery. Most women will need to replace or remove their implants at some point, hopefully many years in the future.

Breast Augmentation Isn’t Right for Everyone

Breast augmentation is an excellent option for many women, but it isn’t right for everyone. You may be a good candidate if:
• You want bigger breasts and more cleavage.
• You want to provide subtle lift to aging or flattened breasts.
• You want to change and improve your breasts, not achieve perfection.
• You have good physical and mental health.
• You are choosing breast surgery for you, not someone else.
• You understand that breast surgery has risks, but feel that the benefits outweigh them.
If you think you’re a good candidate for surgery, come meet with Dr. Mussat. We can help you determine if you’re ready for breast augmentation.

We’ll Work with You to Design Your New Breasts

Breast augmentation is highly customizable. We’ll work with you to choose implant size and type, incision locations, and implant placement. Depending on your anatomy and goals, Dr. Mussat may recommend complementary procedures, like a breast lift. We’ll work closely with you to create a unique surgical plan that achieves your goals.

You Will Need Time Off from Work

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure and will require some downtime for recovery. Plan on taking about a week off from work. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activities, including exercise, for about six weeks after surgery.
Thinking about breast augmentation? Contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mussat.

Redefine the Term ‘Mom Jeans’ with a Mommy Makeover

How would you describe your favorite pair of jeans? With a mommy makeover, you’re in charge of choosing the perfect look, be we can promise, you’ll look amazing. We’ll tighten up your abdomen, shape your waist, and redefine your breasts for the best body you’ve ever had, even before baby. ‘Mom jeans’ may have a negative connotation, but after you show the world your new look, we’re think the term might get a new definition.

Mommy Makeover After Baby- Why Every Mom Needs One

Having a baby changes the body, often in ways that aren’t appreciated. Stretch marks, a sagging tummy, and deflated looking breasts are all common complaints. Hitting the gym isn’t going to restore your pre-baby body, but a mommy makeover will. It is a customized set of plastic surgery procedures that will target your problem areas and restore a pre-pregnancy appearance to your body.

  • Stretch Marks– Many women get stretch marks during pregnancy, often on the lower abdomen. During a tummy tuck we’ll remove excess skin, and the stretch marks that are on it come too. This means fewer stretch marks, especially those found below the belly button.
  • Sagging Breasts– Breast sagging is a common complaint after pregnancy due to hormonal changes and the temporary breast size increase that occurs during pregnancy. A breast lift reshapes the breasts and moves their position to a more central location on the chest wall.
  • Loss of Breast Volume- Breast augmentation is often paired with a breast lift during the mommy makeover. Dr. Mussat places an implant into the breast to increase size. This is an excellent option for women that have experienced a loss of breast volume after pregnancy.
  • Excess Abdominal Skin- Rediscover a tight, flat abdomen. A tummy tuck removes excess abdominal skin and fat, restoring a tighter, flatter abdomen.
  • Abdominal Muscle Separation- The abdominal muscles can separate during pregnancy, leaving a permanent pooch. If needed, we can correct abdominal muscle separation during a tummy tuck.
  • Oversize Areolas- Some women experience an increase in areola size after pregnancy. We can adjust the position of areola/nipple.

Pregnancy has changed your body, but you can change it back. With a mommy makeover, you’re in charge of how you look after baby.

I Have Questions About the Mommy Makeover- How Do I Learn More?

Do you have mommy makeover questions? We’ve answered a few common ones below.

  • Do I Need to Wait Until I’ve Finished Having Kids for a Mommy Makeover?- A mommy makeover is best performed after you’ve finished bearing children. Wait until you’ve completed breastfeeding your last child and then come see us.
  • Will I Need More than One Surgery?- Most of the time, we can perform the entire mommy makeover with one trip to the operating room. The entire procedure takes Dr. Mussat about 4 hours.
  • How Long Until I Will See My Results?- Some patients will notice immediate improvement in their figure after a mommy makeover, but it will take several months for swelling to resolve and for final results to appear. Be patient, your new look is worth the wait!

If you have any other questions about the mommy makeover, call us and schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Mussat.

How Your Breasts Naturally Change Throughout Your Life

Like the skin, a woman’s breast goes through natural changes throughout her life. The changes may be subtle, but they occur. The alterations could range from appearance to size and from shape to texture. Sometimes, the changes are a result of pregnancy, weight gain, or a debilitating illness.

This is why women should know what is going on with their breasts at each stage of their lives. If you’re not familiar with the different stages that your breasts go through, read on so you can learn what you can expect as each year passes by.

During Your 20s

As you cross the teenage stage, your body will start to settle into your adult weight. Your metabolism may drop, so the size of your breast changes as you add or drop some weight.

Pregnancy may happen within this decade, and will enlarge your breasts to prepare for lactation. Pregnancy can also change the color of your areolas and the size of your nipples. After pregnancy and lactation, your breasts may return to their pre-baby state. It may be unlikely, however, especially after multiple pregnancies.

You may also feel some lumps and bumps in your breasts, which are due to fibrocystic changes and are common for women in their 20s. These common lumps are often normal. Regardless, you can check with your doctor if you notice lumps, especially the ones that aren’t painful, as they are usually associated with cancer.

During Your 30s

If you have multiple pregnancies in your 20s, your breasts’ skin may start to stretch. In most cases, extended skin leads to stretch marks and ptosis or drooping breasts. Ptosis can still occur even in the absence of pregnancy as you deal with weight changes in your 30s.

During Your 40s

Once you reach this period, your body will start to transition to the menopausal stage. As the estrogen production in your ovaries decreases, your breasts will go through a stage called involution, in which fat will replace the breast tissues and make them feel soft.

You may feel lumps in your breasts, but they’re mostly soft. If the lumps are firm, consider them a red flag and should be evaluated immediately.

It’s normal to see changes in your breasts. However, it’s difficult to determine whether the changes are normal or due to a disease. That’s why it’s always best to do a self-breast exam so you can notice differences that may be worth a visit to the doctor.

If you’re unhappy with your breast shape and size at this stage in your life, you have the option to have a breast enhancement surgery. Contact Dr. Mussat today if want to learn about the procedures that can enhance your breasts.

Implant Incisions: Can I Choose the Type of Incision?


Successful breast augmentation procedures involve several important decisions that you and your doctor will have to make together. One of those decisions is what your preferred type of breast implant incision will be.

Like types of implants and size, implant incision placement is a personal decision that you need to make. Although Dr. Mussat will guide you in this regard, the choice is still up to you. After all, it is only you who truly knows what you want your breasts to look and feel after the surgery.

Breast Implant Incision Types

As there are several types of incisions, you may be confused as to what incision to choose for your procedure. Take a close look at the most common incisions, which includes their pros and cons, so you can make an informed decision.

  • Transaxillary

Dr. Mussat will make an incision in the natural folds of your armpit to create a channel from the underarm down to the breast. This point of access will allow her to insert the breast implant and place it just behind the nipples. The advantage of this type of incision is the distance between the incision site and breast, which leaves no scars on the breast.

The incision scar may be visible in the armpits, especially when you lift your arms or wear a bikini or a sleeveless top. However, the scars will fade overtime.

The disadvantage of this type is it has a risk of breast asymmetry. Therefore, this is more suited for saline breast implants, as they’re not filled upon insertion.

  • Periareolar

Dr. Mussat will make this incision around the outer perimeter of your areola, that dark pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple. This makes the incision scar less visible.

The biggest advantage of this type is that the surgeon has greater control of the implant placement, which provides higher accuracy of the implant’s position.

The downside to this is there’s a higher risk of loss of nipple sensation. If you plan to have a baby in the future, this type may not be for you as breastfeed may not be possible.

  • Inframammary

The incision site is along the crease found at the bottom of your breast, where the breast and skin meet. This incision will create a pocket for the placement of the implant, which provides better visibility and accuracy.

Although the scars are visible, they should fade with proper care. They’re easily covered with clothing as well. Also, there’s minimal risk of nipple sensation loss with this type of incision.

Now that you know the common incision types, you can choose which one you feel will work best for you. Feel rest assured knowing that Dr. Mussat is confident and competent to perform these incisions. For more information about breast augmentation, call her practice today.