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


Tag: Dermal Fillers

Fillers vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery: How to Choose Between Them

The delicate skin around your eyes is a telltale indicator of age, especially when undereye hollows create unwelcome shadows and dark circles. To resolve this issue, many people face a decision between surgical and non-surgical remedies – namely, a lower blepharoplasty or dermal fillers. Which one is better to help you meet your goals?

Lower Blepharoplasty Explained

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat can reshape your lower eyelids via a straightforward lifting surgery, using tiny incisions to prevent noticeable scarring.

The operation will reduce any undereye lines or lost volume that may cause darkness and make the area beneath your eyes look hollow. You can also combine a lower blepharoplasty with an upper eyelid lift for a comprehensive improvement to your eye beauty. The procedure takes about an hour, and recovery typically takes two to three weeks.

Dermal Fillers for Undereye Hollows

Another option for voids under your eyes is to add volume with dermal fillers. This non-surgical approach offers immediate, albeit temporary, results. A quick fix is desirable for many of our patients who have little to no free time to devote to recovery and healing. Plus, it can give you a preview of the benefits of lower eyelid surgery before making that commitment.

Which One Is for You?

The decision to get cosmetic procedures is always incredibly personal. Often, younger people who want to proactively address facial aging opt for fillers instead of surgery as a short-term fix. But once they realize what dermal fillers can do for them, many choose longer-lasting results with eyelid surgery.

Our patients over 40 typically choose the surgical route. They understand dermal fillers require touch-ups to maintain their look, and prefer the option of addressing the effects of aging on their eyes without needing follow-up treatments.

The Choice Is Yours

No matter which option you decide is better for you, choose a Chicago board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Mussat is a renowned cosmetic surgeon who cares for her patients. She will answer your questions and address your concerns during your initial visit.

If you are currently considering how to improve your facial beauty by addressing undereye bags or hollows, Dr. Mussat will help you choose the right path to achieve your cosmetic goals. She will work with you during your consultation and throughout the process to optimize your facial appearance.

To schedule an eyelid lift or dermal filler consultation with Dr. Mussat, contact our Chicago office online or call (312) 751-9000 today.

The Best Dermal Fillers & Injectables for Dark Skin Tones

Whether your skin is light-toned or dark, we all face challenges in maintaining a youthful look. With dark skin, wrinkles are typically less visible, but creases and folds become more apparent with age. Also, there may be undereye hollows and voids in the cheek areas. Horizontal lines may also appear across the forehead. 

Non-surgical aesthetic treatments are becoming more and more popular when it comes to keeping us looking vibrant and young. Many men and women find that, whatever their skin tone, injectables, and dermal fillers are effective in resolving their cosmetic concerns. The approach for facial beauty is different for patients who have darker skin tones than those who have a lighter complexion. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Florence Mussat offers dermal fillers and injectables that help her patients retain facial beauty without surgery. Here are some excellent products for patients with darker skin tones.


Botox is a neuromodulator that is effective in reducing horizontal lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes. The product renders immobile the underlying muscles that trigger expressions, which causes these fine lines to diminish or disappear. These treatments also prevent the deepening of existing lines and can keep new wrinkles from forming. In fact, Botox has become the most popular aesthetic treatment worldwide and can enhance the appearances of women and men with darker skin tones who seek cosmetic improvement.

Dermal Fillers

To increase facial fullness and add volume, Dr. Mussat offers injectable dermal fillers. She provides a wide range of products in the Restylane and Juvederm lines of facial fillers to diminish folds and sagging skin. Each of these products will accomplish different results, and treatments are fully customized to best benefit each patient. For instance, patients who need help with sagging skin may best be served with a series of Restylane injections for excellent results. For those who have jowls beginning to emerge, Juvederm and Restylane offer solutions that will enhance the jawline. For marionette lines or nasolabial folds, Juvederm Vollure can smooth out the skin to create a more youthful texture. Precise placement of a number of different products can erase years from the face in a single session.

Making the Right Choice

When choosing a dermal filler or injectable for cosmetic correction, it’s crucial to understand that the benefits are temporary, and at some point, you may prefer a surgical procedure like an eyelid lift, brow lift, or facelift. But until that time comes, you can find satisfaction from additional injections once the results begin to wane. It’s important to find the right medical professional to help you understand your options and choose the best plan for you to achieve your cosmetic goals.

Why Dr. Mussat? 

Because non-surgical cosmetic procedures are trending, many clinics and spas offer injectables and dermal fillers. However, there is no better medical professional when it comes to facial anatomy and optimal care than a board-certified plastic surgeon. Also, as a woman plastic surgeon, Dr. Mussat understands the concerns many women have about their appearance.  Her vast experience and surgical skills combined with her commitment to the highest standards in patient care create incredibly positive experiences for her patients. If you want to implement an anti-aging regimen that keeps you looking young, call us today for a consultation. 

Call 312.751.9000 or contact us today!

Bridal Body Countdown: How to Look Great on Your Wedding Day

A perfect bridal body doesn’t happen on its own. If you’re getting ready for a walk down the aisle, come see us first. A little plastic surgery or a few well timed cosmetic treatments can help you to look your best on your big day. Whether you have two years before your wedding or just a few weeks, put a visit to Dr. Mussat on your pre-wedding to-do list.

Six Months or Longer Before Your Wedding Day

If you have time before your wedding day, your options are endless. You’ll have time for plastic surgery or cosmetic treatments, without worry about recovery times. Come in as soon as you can. Planning ahead ensures that you’ll have plenty of time to recover before your final dress fitting. Come see us as soon as you get engaged. These surgical procedures are top picks for brides-to-be.

Many brides want to drop a few pounds before the wedding. You don’t have to do it alone. We offer medical weight loss to help you drop excess weight and discover your best body. Losing weight is hard, but with our help you’ll have the support, and medical advice, you need to finally achieve your goal.

Six Weeks or Less Before Your Wedding

If you have a month or two, but not a lot of time before your wedding day, come see us. You still have time to improve your appearance before you say, “I do”. When you’re short on time, minimally invasive treatments work best as they don’t require lots of downtime or recovery.

  • Botox- Smooth lines and wrinkles around the eyes, on the forehead, or between the brows with Botox. This treatment relaxes the muscles that cause many common wrinkles. Results are very natural looking when the treatment is performed by a skilled injector like Dr. Mussat. Botox results appear in just a few days, but come in a bit sooner to ensure any redness is gone before your wedding. Since results last 3-4 months you can come in early and still look great.
  • Dermal Fillers- Restore a youthful appearance to your skin with dermal fillers. These injectable fillers can smooth lines and wrinkles and restore fullness and volume to the skin. They can even enhance the lips and perfect your pout. Results are instantaneous with many fillers, but come in at least a few weeks before your wedding. Redness, bruising, and swelling may occur right after treatment and can last for a few days.
  • Chemical Peel- Every bride deserves gorgeous, glowing skin. Get yours with a chemical peel. A light, superficial peel can be performed a few weeks before your wedding to remove dead skin cells and brighten dull skin. Deeper peels provide even more dramatic results and remove hyperpigmentation, but will need a recovery period, so plan ahead.

As you count down toward your big day, come see Dr. Mussat. When all eyes are on you, you need to look your best.