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:
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.
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!
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!
Are you patiently counting down the days until your scheduled cosmetic surgery? Your thoughts are probably on what you can do to prepare for your procedure and increase your chances of a successful outcome.
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat will provide detailed pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions. In addition to these, let’s look at three super-helpful tips you can follow to help you be as healthy and strong as possible before your surgery.
1. Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices
The better your health before going into surgery, the smoother your recovery process will be. To this end, address these three lifestyle factors to ensure you’re in the best possible shape.
In the days leading up to your surgery, eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Focus primarily on fresh fruits and vegetables – which will help prevent inflammation – and foods rich in protein and nutrients such as vitamin C and D, zinc, and calcium, all of which can aid in your healing. You should also stop consuming alcohol and avoid foods that can cause constipation, like dairy and red meat.
Among exercise’s other countless benefits, being more active before your surgery will increase your chances of bouncing back sooner after the procedure. Walking at least 5,000 steps a day will go a long way toward increasing your stamina and improving your cardiovascular health and muscle recovery.
Kick Bad Habits
Use the time before your surgery to quit smoking and drinking alcohol, along with any mood-altering substances that could affect your sleep or anxiety levels leading up to your surgery. Alcohol and nicotine can significantly affect your circulation and can increase your anesthesia risk.
2. Organize Your Personal Affairs
To avoid any anxiety and improve your peace of mind, here are a few things you should take care of before your procedure.
Check With Your Employer
Ensure you understand your options regarding vacation or sick time. Arrange for a colleague to fill in for you during your absence, so any professional responsibilities can keep moving smoothly.
Take All Required Medical Tests
Dr. Mussat will inform you what tests you will need before, during, and after your surgery. Check if any of these may require pre-authorization from your insurer.
Contact Your Health Insurance Company
You must understand what your policy will and won’t cover, including any deductibles, co-pays, and out-of-pocket costs.
3. Arrange for Help
Have a family member or friend agree to drive you to Dr. Mussat’s practice for your procedure and back home again afterward, where they can stay to help you for a day or two. Recruit family members and friends to take over meal preparation, diaper changes, laundry, and most parenting duties at home.
Those helping you both pre- and post-surgery can assist you in packing a bag with all of your basic essentials like toiletries, medications, and loose, comfortable clothing to wear home. They can also ensure you have plenty of water, vitamins, supplements, and healthy food at home.
Finally, make sure you take your personal ID, insurance card, and a list of any medications you may be taking, including the dosage.
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year to visit your plastic surgeon. It’s no secret that requests for plastic surgery spike during the holiday season since this is when patients want to look freshened-up for holiday parties. It’s also a time for school vacations, time to relax, family gatherings, photo sessions, and an opportunity to get freshened-up for those office parties.
New Year’s resolutions are often made where we promise to eat healthier, exercise more, and be our best selves. In preparation for this, the holidays are the best time of the year to undergo plastic surgery and many different non-surgical rejuvenation procedures.
Many patients take advantage of extended holiday breaks to book a cosmetic surgery appointment with Dr. Florence Mussat, a Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon in Downtown Chicago who has been in private practice for over 20 years.
The Trend Is All About Timing
You could be seeking a cosmetic procedure such as a breast lift, liposuction, or a facelift. Or you might be looking to refresh your looks with minimally invasive aesthetic procedures like instalift or medical skincare. But regardless of your plans, be prepared to join many other patients eager to be seen for their end-of-year appointment.
The holiday season is the perfect time to undergo that facelift surgery and get yourself ready for the summer swimsuit season. During the holidays, you typically get to take some time off work, which gives you enough time to heal and recover from your surgery. Allowing yourself a 2-3 week recovery period is essential for obtaining ideal and long-lasting results. You will need to avoid heavy workloads during this time, but you may get to spend more time hanging out with the family!
Companies often shut down over the holidays for a few days. Find out if your company does, as this may be the perfect opportunity to schedule a procedure. Not only does this give you some downtime, but it is also the ideal amount of time for recovery from a plastic surgery procedure. Of course, the colder winter weather will keep you indoors for much of the time, so you’ll be able to wear loose, comfy clothing over those compression garments while going through your recovery.
The Trend That Keeps on Giving
Your life is busy, and sometimes taking time for yourself must seem near impossible. However, the holidays tend to be a time when you can slow down and enjoy time for yourself and with our loved ones. Whether it’s to look your best or finally to do that one thing you’ve wanted to do just for you, the holidays tend to be the ideal time.
Contact Us for Your Plastic Surgery During the Holidays
You probably don’t notice it because the results are subtle and natural-looking, but more and more of the men around you look as good as they do thanks to plastic surgery. Male plastic surgery has been on the rise for years, and it continues to grow as the idea becomes more acceptable in our culture.
So, what do men ask about when they come in for plastic surgery consultations? Here are their top five questions:
1. How Much Time Will It Take?
Men tend to be looking for quick results: fast treatments and a minimum of downtime. Many men don’t want to take time off from work for a procedure or recovery. They often seek treatments that fit into breaks in their schedules or require as little vacation time as possible. Many end up making the time for cosmetic surgery, accepting the trade-off of a few days of downtime for long-lasting results. However, more gravitate to faster and less invasive treatments.
2. Will I Look Natural?
Everyone wants a natural look from cosmetic treatment — men and women both — but men are typically even more particular about coming out of the procedure without obvious signs that they’ve had work done. For men, that takes a plastic surgeon with an understanding of male aesthetics. Some imperfections can enhance a masculine look, for example, while over-correcting wrinkles or other signs of facial aging can make a man look feminine. When done well, male plastic surgery makes a man look age-appropriate and strong.
3. How Much Will It Hurt?
They may act tough, but men also want to know how much the treatment will hurt. It may be that women are more used to trading pain and discomfort for beauty than men are. The good news is that most men are surprised by their capacity to handle the short-term discomfort of plastic surgery and are usually relieved by how quickly it dissipates.
4. Will I Look Younger?
Both men and women seek plastic surgery to look younger, but there are often subtle differences in their goals. Men typically desire to have more hair on their heads, less body fat, and more chiseled facial features. It’s essential to be clear about your aesthetic goals and listen to the surgeon’s honest assessment of the changes that the procedure can make. You’ll want to go into the treatment with realistic expectations and a full understanding of the process.
5. Is There a Less Invasive Alternative?
Because men are looking for speed and a minimum of discomfort in their cosmetic treatments, they are often drawn to non-surgical alternatives. It’s a good idea to use your consultation with your plastic surgeon to understand the pros and cons of all of your options — both the short-term negatives, such as downtime, discomfort, and the long-term benefits in lasting results.