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


Category: Breast Augmentation

Should I Wait Until After I Have Kids to Get Breast Implants?

This is a great question many of our mom patients ask us whenever they consult about breast augmentation. If you plan to have a baby in the near future, such as in the next year, then it’s best to hold off your plan to have breast augmentation until after you’ve finished having children.

On the other hand, if pregnancy and childbirth are part of your plans, but not anytime soon, then there are factors that you have to keep in mind. These factors will help you make informed decisions and make your breast enhancement journey a truly satisfying one.

  • Implants do not affect fertility or the baby’s health.

A 10-year study confirmed that breast implants do not make conception difficult for women or increase the risk of miscarriage. Studies have also shown that silicone or saline implants do not increase the risk of birth defects. The same goes for breastfed babies.

What this means is that your decision to get breast implants won’t foil your plans to have children in the future.

  • Pregnancy can change your augmentation results.

There’s a possibility that pregnancy can change the quality of your breast implant results, but not significantly. Factors that can affect your surgical output are the age you become pregnant, your breast tissue characteristics, your breast implants’ age, and the changes that happen to your breasts during pregnancy. Many of our patients who had breast implants before pregnancy are still happy with their results even after childbirth and lactation.

  • Breast Implants can affect milk production.

It’s generally safe to breastfeed a baby even with breast implants. However, not all mothers are able to. Others have found success with breastfeeding while others don’t due to low milk production. This also depends on the type of incisions selected. Therefore, it’s best to discuss your incision options with Dr. Mussat to ensure that you can breastfeed your baby in the future.

In addition, studies suggest that almost 90% of women who are unable to breastfeed their babies, experience these symptoms because of psychological issues. They believe that lactation can alter the results of their breast augmentation significantly or that their implants may be affecting their milk production. As mentioned above, however, breastfeeding can change the results but not significantly.

Each woman is unique. Therefore, it’s best to consult with Dr. Mussat about pre-pregnancy breast augmentation. She’ll be able to consider your medical history, conduct some tests, and evaluate your overall health to help you decide whether to go ahead with the procedure or to wait after childbirth to get breast implants.

For more information about breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mussat today by contacting her Chicago-based practice.

Breast Augmentation Recovery: What You Can Expect After Surgery


Women get breast augmentation for a myriad of reasons. One of the most common is to feel more feminine than before. Yet, before a woman can enjoy the full benefits of her breast enhancement surgery, she needs to go through the recovery stage first. Like the pre-surgical preparations, recovery period is an essential part of any woman’s breast augmentation journey.

If you are wondering what your breast augmentation recovery will be like, here are some things you can expect during this stage.

The First 24 Hours

You can expect grogginess and weakness after you wake up, so it’s best to arrange for someone to drive you home, or to your accommodation if you live outside of Chicago. You can also expect pain once the anesthesia wears off, but you can find relief with prescription pain medication that Dr. Mussat will prescribe to you.

The First Seven Days

Continue to expect soreness, bruising, and swelling after 24 hours post surgery. You can also feel pain, but it will become less intense as each day passes. At this time, you can take over-the-counter pain medication, like Tylenol, to find pain relief. However, Dr. Mussat advises to avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, as they can increase the risk of hemorrhage. With Dr. Mussat’s consent, you can take a shower after two days.

The First Two Weeks

You may return to work in the first week after surgery. You may resume your normal activities as well. However, you’ll need to limit them to less strenuous ones, as heavy lifting or bending may strain and open the incisions. Your surgeon may remove the bandages at this time, and will ask you to wear a surgical bra or compression garment to help the implants settle at their proper, permanent position.

Six weeks after

The pain, swelling, and bruising will have subsided by this time, and you may return to your exercise regimen. You may also start bra shopping at this time, and flaunt your new curves.

Throughout your recovery period, Dr. Mussat will check up on you regularly to ensure that you’ll heal properly.

As you can see, the most crucial part of the breast augmentation recovery is the first two weeks. After that, you can slowly return to living your amazing life. If you have more questions about breast augmentation, or would like to book an appointment, call Dr. Mussat’s office today.

Why Many Women Prefer a Female Surgeon for Breast Augmentation

A good 92% of all cosmetic surgery patients are women, while surprisingly, only a fraction of plastic surgeons are women. Despite the disparity, there’s been a rise in demand for trained, highly skilled female plastic surgeons like Dr. Florence Mussat from female patients for their breast augmentation. To many female patients, a female plastic surgeon represents comfort, familiarity, and best of all, superior results. Let’s learn about why some patients prefer a female plastic surgeon for a procedure like breast augmentation.

  1. Empathy

Patients should always seek certified, highly trained surgeons, like Dr. Mussat, for their breast augmentation. However, one other factor that could further distinguish a surgeon is their ability to understand a patient’s aesthetic goals and motivations. For many women, having a surgeon that understands how aging, pregnancy, or breastfeeding has affected their breasts can be incredibly comforting and validating. Many patients feel that a female surgeon can relate to why the patient wants the restoring benefits of breast augmentation—femininity, confidence, and youth. It’s that connection and understanding that’s essential for attaining results that the patient is satisfied and happy with.

  1. Natural Aesthetics

Many women who seek breast augmentation often want results that are perfectly balanced and proportioned with their figure—a new figure that complements their frame, personality, and lifestyle. Many women turn to female plastic surgeons for breast augmentation because they want the vision and gaze of someone who can see them in the same way they see themselves. For some women, breast augmentation is about restoring their own confidence, not necessarily fulfilling certain standards. A female surgeon has likely felt the same way about their body as the patient, and can truly understand what a female patient needs. With that familiarity, female patients also feel more comfortable to discuss their feelings about their breasts, and what they want fixed.

  1. Compassion

A good rapport with your plastic surgeon is one of the most essential ingredients to an excellent plastic surgery experience. There have been many published studies that showed on average, female surgeons discussed options with patients for a longer time than male surgeons. Many female patients also feel that women are more compassionate and more likely to listen to their concerns and opinions. One of the best ways your surgeon can give you the breast augmentation results you want is by discussing it with you, rather than imposing their decisions with you, and in this area, female surgeons excel.

Dr. Mussat is not only a board-certified, highly-trained breast augmentation surgeon, but she is also a compassionate, caring doctor. For a chance to work with a uniquely equipped surgeon like Dr. Mussat, contact her offices now, for a consultation.


How to Achieve the Perfect Look for 2017 with Breast Augmentation

Beautiful cleavage, busty front, perky breasts – these are all qualities that many women want for their breasts. After all, they are considered measurements of youth, and having a youthful appearance is something women want to retain even as they age. If you want to achieve the perfect feminine look, having a curvy figure won’t be enough. Thankfully, you can do something about your flat chest or small breasts.

Breast augmentation is one of the most popularly requested procedures not just in Dr. Mussat’s Chicago practice but also in the entire country. That’s because it’s effective at giving women the breast size and shape they want.

If you’re considering getting breast implants to achieve the perfect body for 2017, it pays to educate yourself before you head to Dr. Mussat’s office for a consultation. After all, knowledge is power, and the more you know about the procedure, the more likely you are to achieve your desired results.

Here’s a rundown of how breast augmentation can help you with your aesthetic goals.

The Basics

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that adds volume to your breasts as well as gives you more dramatic cleavage. It increases the size and corrects any asymmetry, but it doesn’t lift sagging breasts. If your breasts are sagging, Dr. Mussat may recommend an additional breast lift to your treatment plan.

Getting this procedure will not only improve your physical appearance, but it’ll also benefit your psychological health. Many of Dr. Mussat’s patients have noticed a boost of self-confidence and an improvement in their social lives after getting the procedure. Therefore, it’s highly likely that you’ll also experience the same positive changes.


Your surgery success begins with an effective consultation. This is where your surgeon will conduct a thorough evaluation of your overall health to determine if you’re a good candidate. You’ll also discuss with her your desired results, lifestyle, medicines you’re taking, among others. Two important factors that you’ll also discuss are breast implant types and incisions. She will explain to you the pros and cons of each to help you make an informed decision.           


Dr. Mussat and her patient coordinator will provide you with pre-surgery instructions to help you and your body prepare for the surgery. It’s crucial that you follow her instructions to minimize the risk of complications. This will also ensure that you heal properly.


Proper healing contributes to the success of your procedure. By following all recovery instructions, as well as giving your body enough rest, you will heal properly and feeling great again in no time.

Breast augmentation can help you achieve the perfect look for 2017 as long as you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon, make informed decisions, and allow time to heal. If you’re ready to transform your body, consult with Dr. Mussat.

The Perfect Fit: Determining Your Ideal Breast Size

On the subject of breast enhancement, there’s a question that baffles many women who are considering it: Why do some women look great when they have large breasts, while others look appealing with small breasts? This question makes it confusing for women who can’t decide whether to get a breast augmentation or a breast reduction.

Well, ladies, the truth of the matter is, it’s not about getting the right size. It’s about enhancing your breasts, whether to augment or reduce, in order to have the breast size that’s ideal or proportionate to your frame. In other words, there is no perfect breast size suitable for all women.

The Ideal Breast Size

Now you know that having the perfect breasts is subjective, it’s time to learn how to determine your ideal breast size. While the best way to determine your ideal size is through an examination by a board-certified plastic surgeon, there are determining factors that can guide you.

  • Body Type

There are eight major body types in women. Each of these has its own ideal breast size in order to make the body look proportionate. If you’re heavier in the lower part of your body, increasing your breast size can add proportion to your frame. If you have an inverted triangle body type, you certainly can benefit from breast reduction to make your bust proportionate to your small hips and waist.

  • Body Shape

Stand in front of a mirror and analyze your body carefully. Does your body have a strong build? Or, do you have a thin frame? If you have a strongly built body shape, a breast augmentation can be beneficial for you, as you can carry large-sized breasts with ease. If you’re lean or small, you might have to think long and hard about getting larger breasts as they can cause back pain. If you’re already experiencing such discomfort because of your breasts, a reduction surgery may alleviate the pain. Typically, it’s safe to augment your breasts by one size up if you want them to be bigger.

  • Age

If you are in your childbearing years, you might want to forego getting breast augmentation for a while— unless you don’t have any plans of bearing children, because pregnancy can cause the breasts to grow larger. During this period, you’ll be able to see yourself with larger breasts and decide if you want to keep it that way or not.

These are deciding factors to help you determine your ideal breast size. At the end of the day, it’s still you who gets to decide whether you want bigger or smaller breasts.

You can get a professional opinion from Dr. Mussat, who is keen on providing you with natural-looking results that will make you truly happy. So schedule a consultation today.