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Real Patient Stories

Sometimes, the best way to determine if a procedure or surgeon is right for you is to talk to other plastic surgery patients in Chicago. Previous patients of Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno have generously agreed to share, in their own words, the personal stories of their plastic surgery experiences.

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Thomas A. Mustoe and Dr. Sammy Sinno encourage prospective patients to research their options thoroughly. Always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience performing your preferred procedure(s).

If you’d like to meet with Dr. Mustoe or Sinno to discuss your options for enhancing your body or face, please request a consultation online, or call our office at (312) 788-2560.

It’s important to remember that the results of your own surgery may vary. However, these real patient stories provide valuable insight into the plastic surgery experience. Our surgeons extend their thanks to those who have shared their stories, and hope their words help others who are making decisions about surgical procedures.

Kathleen’s Breast Reconstruction

When Kathleen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, she knew the recovery process would be difficult – but she didn't anticipate her complications. She underwent a nipple-sparing bilateral mastectomy, which failed. Her nipples could not be preserved, and her areolas had become severely asymmetrical. The breast surgeon left Kathleen with a serious dilemma. Though her first plastic surgeon gave her breasts a wonderful shape, he did not administer fat injections to soften their appearance. Instead, he referred Kathleen to Dr. Mustoe because of his reputation among the region's reconstructive plastic surgeons. A nurse by trade, Kathleen says she tends …

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Rene’s Breast Revision & Tummy Tuck

After undergoing a successful breast augmentation Chicago in 2008, Rene desired a slight reduction in the size of her implants. Rene, a retiree who lives in Illinois, traveled out-of-state for her revision surgery. She believed the procedure would lead to increased self-confidence and more comfort with her body. Unfortunately, the procedure left her with a deep, disfiguring scar over one of her breasts. Because the operation took place in another state, Rene was devastated to learn she had no legal recourse. "I was mortified," she says. "I looked for local surgeons, and no one would help me." A Journey of …

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Donna’s Breast Reconstruction Revision

As a busy 63-year-old philanthropist, Donna didn't have time for breast cancer. So when she found a lump in her breast in 2010, she was compelled to act quickly. "Doctors don't usually consider breast cancer to be an emergency situation," she says. "But when you're the patient, you just want to treat it and move on as quickly as possible." Imperfect Beginnings The Fox Valley resident, who already had a decades-long working relationship with her husband's oncologist, had been aware of Dr. Mustoe's reputation as a leading  in Chicago for several years. "He's always featured in our local magazines," she …

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