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


Category: tummy tuck

Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, or Both?

Spring is coming and summer is close behind. If you want a better body this summer, it’s time to start planning. Many of our patients struggle with their middles. If you have loose skin, a little extra fat, or a permanent belly pooch, come see us. We can help you get ready for summer, but you’ll need to start this spring.

My Tummy Needs Help- What Treatments Do I Need?

Often diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to maintain a flat, tight tummy. Pregnancy, aging, weight loss and other factors all take their toll on your mid-section. If hitting the gym and eating right aren’t enough for the lean, sexy stomach you want, it may be time for a little plastic surgery. Liposuction or a tummy tuck could help you to ditch the excess and discover your best belly. Which treatment do you need? Learn a little more about each of your options below.
• Liposuction- Excess fat? Liposuction isn’t a weight loss treatment, but it is an excellent choice for those stubborn pockets of unwanted fat. A small incision is made near the treatment area, a cannula is inserted, and fat is removed using suction. Since fat cells don’t regenerate in adulthood, you’ll experience lasting results. This treatment is ideal for stubborn fat pockets in isolated areas like the tummy, love handles, waist, etc.
• Tummy Tuck- If you have excess skin on the abdomen, a tummy tuck is the way to go. This procedure removes excess skin and fat, tightens abdominal muscles, and restores a flat, tight abdominal appearance. If you want to reverse post-pregnancy changes or have lost a lot of weight, a tummy tuck is probably the procedure you need.

Do I Need Both Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

Liposuction and a tummy tuck are effective treatment options on their own, but some patients will need both for the best results. Choose liposuction and a tummy tuck if:
• You have excess fat and loose skin.
• You want the most dramatic abdominal transformation.
• You want to shape and sculpt the entire middle, not just the tummy.
• You’ve lost a lot of weight or have experienced pregnancy related changes to your body.
We can perform both procedures with a single trip to the operating room. Combining treatments is an excellent way to maximize results while minimizing downtime.
Bikini season is on its way. Is your body ready? If you need a little help with your tummy before summer, we’re here. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Mussat today.

Post-Pregnancy Procedures: The Mommy Makeover


Mommies deserve more than just a salute. What you do is incredibly amazing. It’s hard to imagine a world without doting, caring, unconditionally loving moms. So, if you want to get a makeover to get your pre-baby back again, you don’t need to explain. Just go for it.

Getting pregnant, giving birth and breastfeeding changes your body in a way that make mothers feel less thrilled when they look at themselves in the mirror. If you want to look and feel young, vibrant and beautiful again, a mommy makeover can make a big difference.

A Mommy Makeover at a Glance

A mommy makeover is a combination of different cosmetic procedures, be it surgical or non-surgical, which can restore your body back to its pre-pregnancy state. More than that, it can enhance your appearance further.

The Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

Getting a mommy makeover is a choice moms can make freely. However, some wonder if it’s worth their time and effort. If you share the same sentiment, here are five good things that can happen if you decide to get a mommy makeover.

  • Increased Self-Confidence

Bodily changes, like stretch marks, flabby skin, sagging breasts and bulging abdomen, can decrease a woman’s self-esteem. The same is true for moms. Through a tummy tuck or a breast lift, physical imperfections are corrected to make you look and feel amazing again.

  • Enhanced Figure

You can use a mommy makeover to your benefit. For instance, if you’ve always wanted to have well-toned thighs, you can include a thigh lift to your surgery package. This way, you can wake up following your surgery to a completely whole new you.

  • No More Stretch Marks

If the stretch marks in your belly or thighs are keeping you from wearing a bikini every summer, then getting a tummy tuck can make the next summer something to look forward to.

  • Personalized Makeover

You definitely can personalize your mommy makeover. This way, you can achieve the results you desire and deserve. Just keep an open line of communication with Dr. Mussat so she can tailor your treatment according to your needs.

  • Improved Sex Life

Although this should not be a motivation to have the procedure, a mommy makeover can correct flaws that affect your confidence with regards to intimacy with your partner. As you gain more confidence about your body, getting intimate will no longer be an issue.

As you can see, getting a mommy makeover is beneficial to moms who want to change their appearance for the better. If you want to know if this is right for you, and if you’re a good candidate, consult with Dr. Mussat today.


How Much Weight to Lose Before Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

Are sit-ups and crunches not giving you your desired taut tummy or the proverbial six-pack abs? Don’t be discouraged. It’s not you or the exercise routine you’re doing that’s wrong. The most likely culprit is excess skin, stubborn fat or both. If that is the case, you might want to consider getting a tummy tuck or a liposuction.

Both of these surgical procedures can help achieve a shapelier contour, but each serve a different purpose.

Tummy Tuck

At a glance, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic enhancement procedure that removes extra skin and fat as well as tightens the muscles in your abdomen so you can have a flatter stomach.


Like the tummy tuck, liposuction will give you a svelte contour. The difference is this is strictly for fat reduction, particularly stubborn fat that just won’t budge no matter how hard you exercise or how strict you follow your diet.

These procedures can really enhance your figure and make you lose fast post-surgery. However, they shouldn’t be viewed as a weight loss option. In fact, Dr. Mussat would advise patients to lose weight before getting these procedures. You’ll get a much more optimized result if you do, and there is less risk of complications when your weight is at normal levels.

How much weight should I lose?

The best number is to be your ideal weight based on your age, height, and body frame. Your BMI is also a factor to consider. Here’s a chart that will help you determine your ideal weight.

Height Weight
  Normal Overweight Obese
4′ 10″ 91 to 118 lb 119 to 142 lb 143 to 186 lb
4′ 11″ 94 to 123 lb 124 to 147 lb 148 to 193 lb
5′ 97 to 127 lb 128 to 152 lb 153 to 199 lb
5′ 1″ 100 to 131 lb 132 to 157 lb 158 to 206 lb
5′ 2″ 104 to 135 lb 136 to 163 lb 164 to 213 lb
5′ 3″ 107 to 140 lb 141 to 168 lb 169 to 220 lb
5′ 4″ 110 to 144 lb 145 to 173 lb 174 to 227 lb
5′ 5″ 114 to 149 lb 150 to 179 lb 180 to 234 lb
5′ 6″ 118 to 154 lb 155 to 185 lb 186 to 241 lb
5′ 7″ 121 to 158 lb 159 to 190 lb 191 to 249 lb
5′ 8″ 125 to 163 lb 164 to 196 lb 197 to 256 lb
5′ 9″ 128 to 168 lb 169 to 202 lb 203 to 263 lb
5′ 10″ 132 to 173 lb 174 to 208 lb 209 to 271 lb
5′ 11″ 136 to 178 lb 179 to 214 lb 215 to 279 lb
6′ 140 to 183 lb 184 to 220 lb 221 to 287 lb
6′ 1″ 144 to 188 lb 189 to 226 lb 227 to 295 lb
6′ 2″ 148 to 193 lb 194 to 232 lb 233 to 303 lb
6′ 3″ 152 to 199 lb 200 to 239 lb 240 to 311 lb
6′ 4″ 156 to 204 lb 205 to 245 lb 246 to 320 lb

As mentioned, there are several factors to consider when calculating your body weight. So if you’re confused or you need help, ask Dr. Mussat about your ideal weight. If you need to shed excess pounds, she can recommend healthy weight loss options that are right for you.