With so many women choosing breast augmentation to enhance their figure and improve breast appearance, medical technology continues to advance the surgery to make the procedure safer with best results. However, an area of concern for many patients is the recovery. Women considering the operation ask us questions ranging from time off from work to when they can return to the gym. Another popular topic they want to discuss is their sleep position.

Back, Side, or Tummy?

Proper healing after surgery requires plenty of rest. Interrupted sleep through the night can be frustrating and possibly unhealthy. It is vital to get enough sleep to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it is critical to sleep uninterrupted after surgery. For women who are most comfortable sleeping on their belly, this may prove challenging following breast augmentation. Although you can relax on your tummy right after breast surgery, there are several reasons why this may not work out. These include:

  • Most likely, it will be uncomfortable or possibly painful. Sleeping on your stomach will put too much pressure on your breasts right after surgery.
  • There’s a slight chance your implants may not have adequately settled and you sleeping on them too soon may prevent them from falling in place correctly.

Although Dr. Dreyfuss recommends sleeping on your back for the first few weeks after surgery, don’t get too concerned if you turn to your side or tummy during the night. Lying on your stomach for a few hours shouldn’t cause any significant problem. But, if it hurts to sleep on your side or tummy, get back (sorry for being redundant) on your back.

Sleeping on Your Tummy

Some women find it comfortable to sleep on their stomach after having the surgery, but others may find the complete opposite. Some patients return to snoozing belly down with their heads buried in the pillows, while others settle into sleeping on their side or back after healing is complete. Whichever way is fine. Once the incisions are healed, and the implants settle, there is no risk with whatever position you choose.

Keep in mind your surgeon knows what’s best for you. So, any specific instructions he may give you, follow because recovery varies from patient to patient. The best rules to follow involve listening to your surgeon and your body!

Sleeping Tips

Surgeons recommend you sleep on your back for as long as possible. You may use pillows to elevate your back to support the weight of your implants. When it’s comfortable, you can graduate to your side. What’s important is to get your body as comfortable as possible to get the sleep you need.

Although there are no rules engraved in stone to follow concerning your sleep position after breast surgery, we offer these tips; you may find them helpful in getting a good night sleep.

  • Don’t sleep on your stomach for the first few weeks.
  • Use a pillow wedged under your side to keep you in place.
  • Sleep at an elevated angle, half sitting up. This position relieves pressure from the incision. Find a wedge pillow made for this specifically.
  • Wear a compression bra to help reduce pressure on the incision.
  • If you experience any abnormal pain, contact your doctor immediately.

Remember, the healing process requires sleep. These tips should help you get the proper rest you need to recover fully.

To learn more about breast augmentation surgery and recovery, call us at 815-806-9400 or Contact Us Today!


Breast augmentations are one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US. This procedure is so popular because it is safe, effective and customizable to the individual. There are many choices to consider when thinking about breast augmentation and we have broken down the most important ones for you below! If you would like to get more details about this procedure, schedule a consultation or contact us here!

When it comes to breast augmentation, there are a lot of decisions you need to make beyond size, including:

  • Material: Silicone or Saline
  • Shape: Round or Teardrop
  • Placement: Under or Above Muscle
  • Incision: Under the Breast or Around the Nipple
  • Surgeon: Should always be Board-Certified & Experienced

A big decision in planning for breast enhancement surgery is to choose between silicone or saline breast implants. There are benefits to both, and you should decide on the implant which will work best for you. The purpose of this information provided is to help you choose the best implant design for your unique lifestyle and body.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants consist of a silicone shell which is inserted empty then inflated with a saline solution after proper placement. The position can be either above or below the pectoralis muscle. Saline is a salt water solution which is similar to a natural fluid found in the body.

The surface of the saline implant is either textured or smooth with the implant itself varying in shape, profile, shell thickness, and volume. One advantage of the saline implant is the amount of fluid can be calibrated easily to ensure the best volume and firmness possible after placement.

Advantages of Saline Implants

  • Ability to increase or decrease volume after placement
  • Silicone shell filled with a salt-water solution which is very close a natural body fluid found in your body
  • Ruptures are easier to detect
  • Smaller incision required than with silicone
  • Cost is less than Silicone Implants

Disadvantages of Saline Implants

  • Rippling is more common than with Silicone implants
  • Firmer feel than natural breast
  • Does not have the natural look or feel of a Silicone implant


Most patients who choose saline implants do so because they believe it is safer, in the rare event of a rupture, because of the harmless saline solution and their ability to provide early detection. The main drawback, however, is they lack the natural feel and look of normal breasts. Also, for patients with little breast tissue, rippling is a concern.

The FDA recommends patients be 18 years or older for Saline Implants.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants consist of a durable silicone shell filled with a cohesive silicone gel which has the feel of natural breast tissue. These implants are available in round and anatomic (teardrop) shape with textured or smooth surfaces. Most silicone implants are not adjustable, so, the incision used to insert the breast implant is larger than what is necessary for saline implants. Unlike saline implants, the size is permanent and not adjustable.

Some surgeons recommend silicone implants for women with little breast tissue to hide the implant. If the patient has enough breast tissue to cover the implant, the outcome will be comparable with saline or silicone implants. When the patient has little body fat and a small amount of breast tissue, the silicone implants can provide a more natural result. A recommendation will come during a breast augmentation consultation.

Silicone Breast Implant advantages:

  • Suitable for any body type
  • Less chance of rippling
  • Will not leak if ruptured
  • Predictable outcome with a set volume amount
  • Patients with little breast tissue can still have a natural breast feel and appearance
  • Feels much like the natural breast
  • A skilled surgeon can place breast implant with Areolar (nipple incision), inframammary (under the breast fold) or trans-axillary (under the armpit)


  • Rupture hard to detect without MRI
  • Larger incisions necessary
  • Higher cost
  • Larger implant may eliminate some incision techniques


Many patients choose silicone because it has a more natural feel and look than its saline alternative. MRIs are recommended three years after surgery and every two years afterward to find any possible leaks or ruptures.

The FDA recommends patients should be 22 years or older for Silicone Implants.

Silicone Versus Saline Implants

A major concern with many breast augmentation patients is the risk of rupture. An advantage the saline implant has is it will deflate immediately making the rupture obvious to the patient. Also, with the saline solution very close to a natural body fluid, there is no issue other than aesthetic.

Implants may rupture because of capsular contracture or physical trauma. Capsular contracture is a response of the body’s immune system to foreign objects like breast implants. Because silicone implants are filled with a gel type filling, it is harder to determine when or if a rupture occurs. Therefore, we recommend a periodic MRI to make sure everything is OK with the silicone implant.

Making the Decision

There is a lot to process when deciding on the optimal breast implant for your surgery. The right choice is available when you consider your body type, desired outcome, and who will perform the surgery. At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we take the time to listen to what you want and hear all your concerns. Dr. Dreyfuss will provide his professional recommendation based on his training and vast experience with breast surgery.

To learn more about choosing the right breast implant, contact us to schedule a breast augmentation consultation.

Call us at 815-806-9400 or Contact Us Today!


Okay, we know an Arctic blast is affecting much of the Midwest this winter. We understand the last thing women are thinking about now is slipping on their bathing suit or into their favorite summer dress. But we also understand a girl must prepare to look her best when the attire is more revealing. That’s why it’s not too early for you to start preparing for your summer body.

And a great way to do just that is to consider enhancing your breasts. If you have been unsatisfied with your breast appearance due to weight fluctuation, childbearing, or genetics, breast augmentation surgery can be the solution to your problem. With today’s technology, technique, and products, having the breasts you dreamed about is possible with minimal risk and great results.

Advanced Technology

Since 1964, silicone breast implants have come a long way. Today, advanced technology, safer implants, and innovative tools enable Dr. Dreyfuss to offer more natural-looking outcomes, while reducing complications, risks, and recovery time.

Although the implants of yesteryear had made many women pause when considering breast augmentation, those days are long gone. With the advent of the gummy bear implant (silicone implants which hold their shape) and other advancements, women have a more favorable opportunity than their mothers and grandmothers. The rare risk of leakage and a natural feel has attracted many patients to move forward with the procedure.

Additionally, advanced surgical technique and optimal incision placement have reduced many of the complications such as capsular contraction and scarring.

Technology advances include:

  • Ultrasound:  An MRI used to be the most common procedure to determine the breast’s health and proper implant type. However, today, an ultrasound is a less costly and less-invasive alternative which can help Dr. Dreyfuss examine the breast tissue surrounding the implant for quicker results.
  • Incision Technology: Improved technology and technique have greatly reduced the risk of scarring and improved the sensation in the breast tissue and nipple. Additionally, advanced therapeutic techniques make wound healing faster and reduce the visibility of scars.
  • Improved Tools: Modern technology provides several advanced tools which aid Dr. Dreyfuss in breast implant placement. For example, the Keller Funnel enables breast implant placement without Dr. Dreyfuss having to touch them. This tool allows for smaller incisions, less bruising and swelling, and reduced risk of infection.

Planning Your Summer Body

It’s important for women desiring breast enhancement to have a plan. Here are some important things to consider before having breast surgery:

Allow Adequate Time for Surgery and Recovery

Candidates must understand it may take weeks to recover from a surgical procedure like breast augmentation — plus more time for the results to look great and stabilize. To guarantee you are summer wear ready, give yourself time to recover from the procedure.

Hide Bruising, Swelling, and Incisions

Cold temperatures are perfect for recovery. It gives the patient an excuse to wear layers like jackets, sweaters, and overcoats. These added layers will help camouflage swelling, support garments, bandages, and healing incisions. Winter allows your body a period to fly under the radar while recovering.

Hibernate with No Guilt

Outdoor activities are not as frequent here in the Chicago area during the winter months. This break will allow you to avoid public outings while you heal. It will also allow you to avoid sun exposure which is not good for incision healing. It’s a great time to hibernate without much notice.

Also, with all the holiday festivities done and dusted for the year, the upcoming months are a great time to book surgery.

Benefits of breast augmentation surgery:

  • Aesthetic Benefits: Breast augmentation improves the feminine figure by reshaping your bust line, enhancing your breast size, and improving your body shape and contour. It enhances your body’s profile and defines curves leading to a more sensual presence. A perky and firm bust will enhance your summer wardrobe to be more striking and expressive.


  • Physical benefits: Breast Augmentation will also provide breasts which are more consistent with your body type. Optimal size and shape will allow for more symmetry and firmness which may diminish because of pregnancy, weight fluctuation, breastfeeding, or a mastectomy. It may also be more comfortable to have breasts which aptly fit your body.


  • Psychological benefits: Emotional improvement emerges because a younger and more feminine appearance will improve any woman’s confidence and self-esteem. This benefit will become abundantly clear during the warmer months when the improved body contour is evident in summer clothes and swimsuits.


  • Personal and social benefits: many studies have indicated a woman who has breast augmentation will experience improvement in their personal lives and relationships. Their social life will be better because they become more outgoing and confident. This benefit can affect their personal as well as professional relationships. Their social and professional opportunities will greatly improve.

Summarily, breast implant surgery is beneficial for every facet of a woman’s life.

 You May Need a Lift

A breast lift is a procedure which is designed to elevate breasts which droop or point downward. To determine if you need a breast lift simply look to see if your nipples are below your natural breast crease. A breast lift can be done concurrently with breast augmentation to improve breast firmness, size, shape, and elevation.

Book a Consultation

So, for more information about how you can start preparing for your Summer Body, please contact us for a consultation.

Call us at 815-806-9400 or Contact Us Today!



It seems like there’s no time like your 20s to undergo breast surgery; you’re young, you’re in the best shape of your life, and you’ve got your entire life ahead of you—but not so fast. Even in your 20s, there are quite a few things you should think about before you jump headfirst into breast surgery. That’s why for the first installment of our series on breast surgery, we’re going to explore the top 5 things any woman in their 20s should know about breast augmentation.

You Need to Grow Up to Glow Up

U.S. laws dictate that patients be 18 and older to receive saline breast implants and 22 and older to receive silicone implants, but surgeons also recommend that women only undergo breast surgery once their breasts have fully matured.

It makes perfect sense that patients are required to be of a certain age before they can get breast surgery. Logistically speaking, it’s ill-advised to get any kind of breast surgery when a woman’s figure is still maturing. As the breast continues to mature, breast tissue grows in size and the breasts change shape, so undergoing any kind of breast surgery means your results will be affected.

So, when do women typically reach full maturation? That’s a question that’s a little harder to answer. Women all mature differently; some women have stopped maturing in their teens, while some women continue to see changes throughout their 20s.

There’s another important criterion that patients need to consider before undergoing breast surgery: their emotional maturity. Patients should be self-aware and conscious about their motivations for undergoing breast surgery. Are you doing it to correct a deformity? To feel more sexy and confident? Either way, patients need to have a healthy mental state and realistic expectations for what breast surgery can do for them before undergoing the procedure.

You Can Go Small

Who said breast surgery is all about enhancement? One of the most common kinds of breast surgery is breast reduction, a procedure that helps women achieve more reasonably-sized breasts. Overly-large breasts can actually cause a bevy of health problems for women: back pain, shoulder pain, rashes, numbness, shortness of breath, and even headaches. When women in their teens and twenties decide that they don’t want to live the rest of their life in discomfort, breast reduction is an effective and safe procedure. In fact, in 2016, over 36,148 breast reduction procedures were performed in the U.S.

A Lift Isn’t Out of the Question

Breast lifts are usually marketed to older women—mostly because it’s seen as a remedy to breasts affected by breastfeeding, motherhood, and aging. But really, adult women of any age can get a breast lift. In fact, one of the leading causes of sagging breasts are overly heavy breasts, and women as young as their teens can suffer from sagging breasts. Once again, women need do need to have matured fully physically before they can get a breast lift, but it’s crucial to know that the breast lift isn’t merely reserved for women that want powerful rejuvenation.

It’s Not All “Go Big or Go Home”

When millennials aren’t busy posting selfies on Instagram or being blamed for the state of economy, they’re apparently choosing to get smaller-sized breast implants: plastic surgeons everywhere have noted a trend where younger patients are choosing smaller implants than the Gen-Xers and Boomers before them. According to some surgeons, women in their 20s are increasingly requesting a more natural, subtle look, rather than the dramatic, larger implants of yesteryear. Women today are also more athletically and career-minded, so many patients in their 20s like the versatility that more modest implants allow in their life.

Make Sure It Fits Your Lifestyle

Forget about how it’ll look (although it’s crucial that you love the way you look after breast surgery)—one of the most important considerations of any kind of breast surgery is whether it’ll fit well with an active lifestyle. Larger implants will get in the way of any kind of strenuous activity, so many patients choose reasonably-sized implants to make sure they can move more freely and not get weighed down. That “Goldilocks”-sized implant will vary from patient to patient, but a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon can help you figure it out.

So, if you’re in your 20s and you’d love to keep being in the best shape of your life, consider getting relatively smaller implants that won’t get in the way of your yoga or pilates set.

You’ve got so much to look forward to in your 20s—and now, you can also have a figure you can be proud and confident in. The last thing you need to do before committing to breast surgery is to schedule your consultation with a true expert in breast surgery: Dr. Dreyfuss. Contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery now, for a consultation.

Fall is a great time to have plastic surgery. The kids are back in school, the holiday rush hasn’t quite started yet, and the cool weather makes covering up easy. Likewise, most people are at an ideal weight this time of year after engaging in numerous outdoor summer activities. So, what should be on your plastic surgery shopping list this fall? While only a consultation can tell you exactly which procedures are right for you, the following operations are cool weather favorites:

The Top Three Fall Procedures

1. Breast Augmentation

As more than a few celebrities can attest to, nothing is more embarrassing than putting your breast augmentation scars on full display by accident. This surgery is therefore better booked during the colder months when bikinis and light dresses are safely packed away for next year. If you have breast augmentation during the fall, by the time you’ll be ready to dig out your summer clothes again, your scars will have faded away.

2. Rhinoplasty

If there are two inevitable things about Christmas, they are fruitcake and being photographed excessively. If you’re struggling with a less-than-photogenic face, we therefore recommend getting a rhinoplasty during the fall. Because camera lenses heavily accentuate the nose, having a rhinoplasty can make you look significantly better in pictures. If you want to make sure all the swelling, bruising, and irritation is completely gone by the time you’re posing with Santa, book today.

3. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck Surgery)

If sagging skin and a loose, “flabby” looking abdomen have you dreading donning a cocktail dress on New Year’s Eve, why not try an abdominoplasty? As long as you’re willing to dedicate two to three months to healing completely (with at least two weeks of bed rest immediately after surgery), this procedure can be life-changing. Better still, in the absence of significant weight gain, it will produce permanent results… Meaning that you’ll have a killer beach bod by the time summer rolls around again.

Autumn is a reflective, introspective time—So why not spend it investing in things that will make you look and feel like a whole new you? For many people, fall plastic surgery is the perfect way to ensure greater confidence and poise year-round. Don’t wait, contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery now to book your procedure in time for the fall.


Springtime is coming fast, and like a flower in springtime, it’s your time to blossom. If you’ve ever felt unfeminine or self-conscious because of small breasts, then this is your chance to finally feel pride and confidence about your body. Spring is a time of growth and renewal, which is why the perfect season to embrace a new, more feminine you. Let’s take a look at how breast augmentation can let your beauty, and your inner self, bloom.

What Can Breast Augmentation Do?

Breast augmentation is your ticket to fuller, more shapely breasts and an enhanced cleavage. Using implants that move and feel like real breast tissue, breast augmentation can increase the volume of the breasts and in some instances, reshape them. With a more feminine figure, you’ll be able to fit better in your beautiful spring sundresses and feel more confident during trips to the beach and the pool. You can restore breasts flattened by breast feeding and aging and transform them to their fuller, firmer selves.
Once your breast augmentation results have fully emerged, you can enjoy the remaining springtime by showing off your new silhouette and newfound sense of confidence. In the warm, radiant, glowing springtime, you can finally look as good as your feel.

The Power of Choice

Along with being the most popular plastic surgery procedure of all time, breast augmentation is also one of the most customizable procedures available. Many surgeons emphasize that your breast augmentation should reflect your lifestyle, aesthetic goals, and personality. With the help of your surgeon, you’ll be able to choose between the types of incisions used, the kind of implant chosen for the procedure, and the placement of the implant. Every single choice you make will directly affect your results, so you’ll be able to find the right combination for you, and only you.

What’s Right for You?

Enhancement means different things for everyone. To one person, enhancement might mean dramatic change. To another person, enhancement might mean a more natural, subtle improvement. Whatever your goals are or whatever you plan to accomplish with breast augmentation, Dr. Dreyfuss will be there help you achieve them.

It takes a kind, compassionate surgeon to understand your goals and help personalize your procedure just for you. For the chance to work with a surgeon like Dr. Dreyfuss for your procedure, contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery now for a consultation.

Interested in getting a breast augmentation, but not sure whether saline or silicone implants are right for you? Dr. Dreyfuss has put together this helpful infographic on facts about both saline and silicone breast implants. During your consultation, Dr. Dreyfuss will discuss your goals and help you decide which implant is best for you. To learn more about saline or silicone breast implants, please contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation.

Saline Implants:

  • Saline implants are available for patients over 18 years old.
  • It is made of a silicone-based soft shell and filled with a saltwater solution.
  • They come in a variety of shapes and sizes with choices about the amount of projection and slope.
  • They can sometimes feel more firm than natural breast tissue.
  • They are sized specifically for your body, filled during the surgery.

Silicone Implants:

  • Silicone implants are available for patients over 22 years old.
  • They have a flexible silicone outer shell and are pre-filled with a thick gel.
  • They come in a wide range of sizes and shapes to accommodate different body types.
  • They are growing in popularity, because they look and feel like natural breast tissue.
  • They require a slightly larger incision since they are pre-filled.

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, based on patient input, revealed 6 aspects of breast surgery that made a profound impact on satisfaction and quality of life.

1. Breast Characteristics
Clearly the main goal of cosmetic breast surgery – participants of the study commented about improvements in breast shape and the clothing options that were now available to them as a result.  One patient with breast implants reports, “Some things are much more fun to put on, and the stuff that I used to wear looks way better–I am sure they looked good before, too–but I just fill in a bit more, look a bit more busty in them.”

2. Physical Well-Being
Breast reduction patients can get relief from back and neck pain, which often allows increased activity and better health.

3. Psychosocial Well-Being
Patients in the study shared the positive changes in self perception and experiences in social settings. Increased confidence and feeling as if you fit the perceived “norm” of the female body are said to be a common benefits of breast surgery.

4. Sexual Well Being
When people feel more attractive, they generally experience more sexual pleasure.  If breast implants or another surgery improve a woman’s perception of her self and her body, sexual well being can consequently improve.

5.  Surgeon-Patient Relationship
Women who experienced a good surgeon-patient relationship – with open, honest communication – expressed more satisfaction with breast surgery.  Patients who had an adverse relationship with the surgeon or staff reported being fearful, uncomfortable, and less satisfied.

6. Overall Satisfaction

Researchers also included the simple category of general satisfaction.  Would you undergo the surgery again?  One breast augmentation patient responds, “there is not one day that goes by that I am not so pleased that I did it.”

You can access a similar article by the same researchers for free at BioMed Central.

Here’s the third installment in the breast augmentation video series brought to us by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In this segment, a patient discusses her satisfaction with breast implants and the reaction she got from friends and family. See our post last week for the previous episode.