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


Medical Weight Loss

While most people think of plastic surgery as a quick-fix method of weight loss, the best candidates for plastic surgery are actually those who are in good overall health and are close to their ideal weight. Dr. Florence Mussat wants to make sure that every patient is at the perfect position to get plastic surgery, that’s why her practice offers multiple methods of medically-supervised weight loss.

Dr. Mussat and her team treat obesity and coordinate care for obesity-related diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea in a focused approach centered on promoting weight management and improving cardiovascular health.

Our medically supervised weight loss program in Chicago will identify other causes of weight gain, including endocrine disorders, hormonal imbalances, or lifestyle factors.

The Ideal Candidate for Weight Loss Before Plastic Surgery

So, what qualities should you have before getting plastic surgery? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) defines the ideal candidate as someone who is within 30% of their ideal weight and has firm, elastic skin, and adequate muscle tone. Most plastic surgeons use a measure called BMI, a formula that uses a person’s height and weight to calculate overall physical health. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is typically healthy, while BMI’s that are 25 and higher are overweight.

It’s all a matter of patient safety; a recent study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal has shown that overweight and obese patients are 35% more likely to visit the emergency room due to complications from reconstructive or cosmetic procedures. Another study by John Hopkins showed that overall, complications were 12 times more likely to happen for overweight patients than patients with a healthy BMI. Overweight patients also had a higher risk of severe side effects within just 30 days after their procedure.

The same study noted that many health insurers do not cover treatment for complications associated with cosmetic surgery. On average, overweight patients ended up paying much more for post-operative care than patients with a healthy BMI.

Maximizing Your Results

It bears repeating: Plastic surgery is never a way to lose a dramatic amount of weight. This point is also relevant when attaining your aesthetic goals. Additional weight gain or loss after plastic surgery can compromise skin elasticity, which can ultimately reverse the results you worked so hard to get.

Extra skin and tissue can also increase surgical complexity and make it harder to get the perfect aesthetic results. In the end, achieving a healthier weight can do more than improve your plastic surgery experience— it can also have meaningful benefits for your overall well-being.

Chicago’s Best Weight Loss Expert

To Dr. Mussat, it’s not only about creating effective results; it’s about making sure her patients are comfortable and in good health. Dr. Mussat only wants what’s best for her patients, and she wants to make sure patients are getting plastic surgery for the right reasons, at the right moment. That’s why she offers various options for medically-supervised weight loss for her patients before plastic surgery. Dr. Mussat’s patients can choose from HCG diets, physician-developed diets like the Dukan Diet, and weight loss prescription medicine.

Her highly skilled team will create a personalized weight management plan to help you achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Individualized plans include diets, weight management strategies, exercises, and suggested behavior modifications that can lead to and better health. In addition, your program may include information about surgical intervention depending on your weight management options and requirements.

A physician like Dr. Mussat is the perfect guide for a weight loss program – someone who has the medical knowledge to provide safe but effective techniques. If you’re ready to begin your plastic surgery progress, contact our practice now for a consultation on her medical weight loss treatments.

What to Expect

During your visit to our weight loss clinic in Chicago, our team of professionals will:

  • Assess your weight problem and review other causes of weight gain, including drug-induced weight gain and hormonal diseases like thyroid diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome, and Cushing’s syndrome.
  • Recommend methods to change behavior that suits your personality and needs to help you manage your weight.
  • Evaluate your risk factors for life-threatening diseases like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
  • Assess the presence of obesity-associated comorbidities like diabetes and sleep apnea and refer for counseling and treatment if necessary.
  • Determine if bariatric surgery is the best option for you and, if so, collaborate with the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity to help guide you through the surgery, follow-up care, and an adjustment period.
  • Help you manage your diabetes or other comorbidities before and after your bariatric surgery.