There are few procedures which improve body contours like a tummy tuck. Eliminating excess skin and fat and reinforcing the abdominal wall will pay huge dividends not only in addressing cosmetic concerns but also increases confidence and self-esteem. Because the operation involves wide-ranging correction to the abdomen, it requires extensive recovery to ensure a successful outcome. Sleeping is an integral part of the body’s medicinal course toward healing and should be taken seriously after tummy tuck surgery. 

One of the challenges for patients is to find a comfortable sleep position after surgery and to prepare your home to make you as comfortable as possible. Because surgeons often combine liposuction with a tummy tuck, it makes sleeping comfortably all the more difficult.  Here are some helpful hints to make sure you get the rest and sleep you need during tummy tuck recovery. 

Get Ahead of the Pain After Surgery

When you wake from a tummy tuck, you may experience some discomfort, especially after your anesthetic wears off. If this happens, you should ask for something in the recovery room to relieve the pain. When you get home, start taking your prescribed pain meds immediately as directed to get ahead of the pain. Next, take as directed for the next few days until you feel confident you can manage without the pills. This medication will help you sleep as well, so if your struggling to sleep at night, they can be used as a sleep aid for the first week or two. 

After one week of taking your medication, you should look to wean yourself off. The healing process will advance quickly with the need for pain medication decreasing daily. 

Don’t Sleep Lying Flat

Extending your body straight from head to toe may put pressure on your incisions and hamper their healing. It’s best to find a comfortable position that relieves this pressure and allows those sutures to stay in place without any pulling or stretching. Although sleeping on your side may be acceptable, many may find themselves tossing and turning, which can cause wounds to be pulled or open. Because you can’t sleep on your tummy, we recommend finding the most comfortable position on your back. 

Recliners offer the optimal position to ensure there is little to no pressure on your wounds. The head is slightly lifted with the knees up and the buttocks down. This position is ideal for healing but may not be the best for many to fall asleep. To prepare for your surgery, you may want to start sleeping in this position before your tummy tuck to get used to sleeping soundly like this before your recovery. 

If you don’t own a recliner, you can create the same scenario with incline or horseshoe pillows designed to elevate certain parts of your body. Many patients feel a large, body-sized horseshoe pillow will give them the position they need in their bed. Using a large pillow under the knees will give you the best position in your lower extremities as well.  

Prepare Your Home 

It’s essential to have everything you need within reach when you get home after surgery. Water, snacks, reading material, digital devices, and remote controls should be within arms reach in a spot where you can get comfortable. This convenience will help you fall asleep throughout the day while you recover at home. 

Although you should walk gingerly at least once a day after surgery, you should make sure you have a comfortable resting area where you can sleep undisturbed. 

Learn More

If you would like more information about tummy tuck surgery and its recovery, contact us today and schedule a consultation. 

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What Happens to Fat Cells After Extraction?

Excess fat has been a focus of aesthetic medicine for some time. Although it’s safer to eliminate fat by the traditional method of eating right and maintaining a disciplined workout routine – some fat just won’t go away. Pesky fat deposits which haunt the abdomen, neck, upper arm, back and thighs seem immune to proper diet and exercise.
At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we employ two effective body sculpting procedures which target excess fat exclusively; liposuction and CoolSculpting. A question we often hear in our clinic concerning these procedures is, “where does the fat go?”

How Fat Cells React

Fat cells are different from other cells in your body. Once you reach adulthood, the number of fat cells remain stable. Gaining or losing weight does not ‘add to’ or ‘subtract from’ the number of these cells. Instead, they will expand or contract evenly throughout the body. You will get smaller when you lose weight or larger if you gain. To sculpt your body by reducing certain body parts individually, you need outside influence.
Aesthetic procedures reshape body contours by eliminating fat cells in target areas. Once the cells are extracted, they will never regenerate.

Fat Cell Extraction Through Liposuction

Liposuction removes fat cells from targeted areas manually. With a specialized suction device, this popular procedure will breakdown fat cells and eliminate them from your body instantly. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss will suction excess fat cells in precise patterns to reduce their number and improve body proportions.
You will realize the improvement immediately although there will be some swelling. After the swelling subsides, in about a week or two, you will enjoy a more pleasing shape in the treatment site.


This non-invasive fat reduction treatment uses the science of fat-freezing to safely and effectively reduce fat bulges in certain body parts. The procedure destroys fat cells rather than removes them. Then your body will dispose of the cells naturally. This process is a gradual one, so there is no change to liver function and blood lipids are not affected.
Once the cells die, they will collapse and be flushed out by the body’s natural mechanism. Then they will pass through the liver and excrete out by waste.

Maintaining Results

Because your body does not regenerate fat cells, your contour will never change in target areas. However, to maintain optimal results, we advise you to eat right and stay active. Proper diet and exercise will keep your weight down and underlying muscles toned and taut.


Liposuction and CoolSculpting are effective fat reduction procedures which can improve body contours. We recommend you are close to your ideal weight and it’s stable. Your skin should be pliable enough to conform to the new shape without hanging loosely from the target site.

CoolSculpting is designed for areas which need mild to moderate fat reduction whereas liposuction is more effective with the areas which need more intervention.

To learn more about body sculpting and which procedure is right for you, call us at 815-806-9400 or contact us today!

As men and women age, our facial aesthetics become more of a challenge with wrinkles and fine lines, drooping eyelids, crow’s feet and volume loss around the cheeks. Another under-emphasized cosmetic issue is a double chin. Whether weight fluctuations or genetics, submental fat beneath the jawline can make any patient look old and overweight. Not the best appearance as we move closer toward the holidays and those unexpected pictures taken by everyone with a handy smartphone.

Fortunately, there are multiple cosmetic treatments which can eliminate submental fat to deliver a sleek, slender and youthful neck just in time for your fall and winter festivities.

Neck Liposuction

This surgical solution will enhance your appearance by delivering an attractive frame to your facial beauty. It is an effective procedure designed to help create a natural-looking, beautiful neck line with patients who deal with mild amounts of excess fat and skin laxity. Neck liposuction gently removes fat from the neck area and can stimulate collagen remodeling and skin tightening in the months following surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss uses advanced techniques to slim and shape your neck to a graceful contour providing your facial appearance with overall balance and beauty.

Patients with mild to moderate submental fat and excess skin in the neck area are suitable candidates for neck liposuction. They want to improve their lower facial profile and jawline definition.


CoolSculpting® offers a non-invasive, non-surgical fat reduction treatment which literally freezes away the fat. This state-of-the-art treatment mechanism is suitable for multiple treatment areas including the neck. With a special attachment, CoolSculpting® targets submental fat below the jawline and kills excess fat cells without affecting adjacent tissues. The body will naturally dispose of these cells leaving you with a slender and sexy neck line within a few weeks after the procedure.

The treatment lasts for less than an hour and is so comfortable you can respond to emails, read, or stream your favorite shows during the treatment session. Some of our patients even take a nap.


Since 2015, Kybella® has been a revolutionary fat dissolver in the world of nonsurgical aesthetic treatments. Many in the cosmetic industry are saying it’s the biggest cosmetic breakthrough since Botox®.

Before Kybella®’s approval, there were few options to deal with submental fat other than liposuction and wearing a turtleneck. But now, this non-surgical procedure makes it possible to rid yourself of an unsightly double chin and achieve an elegant, and sleek neckline without incisions or downtime.

Kybella® is a formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the human body which aids in the absorption and breakdown of fat. Because it is not animal-based, allergic reactions are not likely.

These injections are designed to remove moderate-to-severe convexity associated with a double chin. Kybella® is a safe, in-office treatment performed by Dr. Dreyfuss himself at our surgical facility conveniently located in Orland Park. Before the treatment, we apply an aesthetic cream if necessary. Then, using a special grid, Dr. Dreyfuss will carefully draw the boundaries for the injections on the treatment area.

Next, he will use the grid marked on your chin as a guide to deliver the fat reducing injections with precision. The procedure is straightforward and simple, taking about 20 minutes to complete.

Kybella® destroys the underlying fat cells under the jawline to remove your double chin. Once destroyed these fat cells do not return or regenerate. They are gone and gone for good. Although weight gain can increase the size, it will never alter the contour.

Learn More

For more information about eliminating your double chin to achieve a beautiful, sleek neckline, contact us for your consultation today.

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When we hear Liposuction we immediately think of the abdominal areas such as the belly and love handles, but Liposuction may be a viable option for other areas of the body including many areas you would not guess!

For women, the thighs, buttocks, chin, arms, knees, calves, and ankles are all common treatment areas.  For men, the chest, chin, and neck are common treatment areas.


Aesthetic medicine has seen an increase in different procedures performed at the same time.  While the practice of performing multiple treatments at once is not new, advanced technology allows the plastic surgeon to combine surgeries with greater ease and efficiency.

While there are many variations of combined cosmetic surgeries, the most popular body contouring procedure combination is abdominoplasty with liposuction. This combination is effective in addressing excess skin and stretched underlying tissue in the abdominal area, as well as stubborn fat in other body parts. A tummy tuck and liposuction are often done concurrently to increase the aesthetic benefits.

Although both procedures are designed to improve body contouring, each surgery addresses a different consequence of weight fluctuation or past pregnancies. Where liposuction can remove subcutaneous fat in various parts of the body; a tummy tuck will resolve loose skin and muscle in the abdominal area.

Here are the top reasons to combine liposuction and abdominoplasty to maximize your body contouring benefits:

Enhance Your Shape

Although abdominoplasty is effective in addressing muscle and skin issues in the abdominal area, it is not designed to resolve stubborn fat deposits. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure which eliminates unwanted fat and pesky bulges which don’t respond to diet and exercise. Some of the common target areas are the neck, cheeks, chin, upper arms, knees, thighs, buttocks, hips, and abdomen.

By combining these two procedures, you can achieve a comprehensive outcome that neither procedure can accomplish alone.

Correcting Multiple Problem Areas

A tummy tuck can provide a more toned, firmer abdomen by removing loose skin and tightening the underlying abdominal muscle. However, by adding liposuction to abdominoplasty, you can sculpt other areas consistent with your goals like the hips, thighs or buttock.

More Cost-Effective

Although cost should never be the most determinate issue when choosing plastic surgery, combining these two body contouring procedures is more cost-effective than having each done separately as a standalone procedure. You may ask – Why?

The reason is the consolidation of the associated surgical fees and the anesthesia into one procedure makes the overall cost more attractive. However, this choice should be discussed with your plastic surgeon to ensure combining these surgeries is the safest and best plan for your desired outcome.

Less Recovery Time

When you combine these two procedures, you not only resolve two issues with one surgical plan, you also minimize the recovery. Although tummy tuck does have an extensive recovery compared to most plastic surgeries, adding liposuction does not increase the time or discomfort severely.

In fact, the recovery time of a liposuction and tummy tuck combination is very similar to a standalone tummy tuck surgery. Also, to have the procedures done separately, you will need to wait at least six months between procedures to ensure proper healing.


Both liposuction and abdominoplasty address different aesthetic concerns but can provide a harmonious outcome. Combining both procedures can offer superior body shaping and decrease the risk of complications as well.

Whether choosing liposuction or abdominoplasty, you’ll find that both procedures address separate concerns, yet deliver comprehensive results. Recent studies indicate a combination brings out the best in each one for a superior body contouring outcome with less risk.

Next Step

The most important step when moving forward with any body contouring or plastic surgery procedure is to choose your surgeon wisely. Make sure they are well qualified with their experience and credentials. Board-certification ensures the plastic surgeon is highly skilled and current on the most advanced techniques and technologies.

A consultation will make your relationship with the plastic surgeon more personal. Make sure you are well researched on the procedures and go to the meeting with questions and concerns written down. Ask to see visible results, like before and after images, to get a good idea of the outcome you can expect.

Why Dr. Dreyfuss?

Dr. Dreyfuss is a board-certified Plastic surgeon by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Illinois Plastic Surgery Society.

He is a graduate of the prestigious Medical School of Emory University in Atlanta and completed his Surgery Fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

He has thousands of satisfied plastic surgery patients in the Chicago area.

To take the next step, call Dr. Dreyfuss at 815-806-9400 or schedule a consultation today.





The key to a sustained fitness regimen is momentum. That’s when fitness activity is consistent day in and day out. The fuel which drives this consistency is experiencing results regularly. Unfortunately, when we embark on a diet and exercise fitness plan, results are often too slow in coming.

We may start with motivation; going to the gym daily, eating superfoods, and drinking protein shakes. However, when there is little to show for this sacrifice, we revert to the habits which gave us the body we are trying to improve. We shy away from our gym’s fitness machines (including the front door) and find ourselves eating fast food and convenient store pastries.

But if it were possible to see an inch or two off the waistline, and fat pads diminished in those trouble areas, encouragement would soon follow. Proper diet and exercise would begin to take on more meaning, and you’d get a good head start on your fitness journey!

Start with Results

Liposuction is an aesthetic procedure which eliminates excess fat pads to improve your body’s contour. It is effective in diminishing pesky bulges around the back, buttocks, abdomen, thighs, love handles, cheeks, and chin.

Combined with a healthy lifestyle, this body shaping procedure can work wonders in providing a body which will turn heads and make you feel sensual and attractive. It can also be a jump start to your fitness efforts by providing quick results and increasing your enthusiasm to get fit.

What Liposuction Is

Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgical procedure which is designed to remove unwanted fat from target areas. This outpatient procedure implements a small tube (cannula) through tiny incisions to extract fat by saturation and suction.

The results are a pleasing improvement to reshaping specific areas of the body. Complications are rare, and the surgery is safe when done by a competent board-certified plastic surgeon. Recovery is relatively short, and the desired outcome becomes apparent within a couple of weeks.

What Liposuction Isn’t

Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment. Patients considering liposuction should be within 30% of their normal weight and in good health. The procedure will, however, make the targeted area shapelier for a more pleasing figure.

Enjoying Your Fit and Trim Figure

There has been a recent push of non-surgical procedures to achieve cosmetic goals. With the advent of less invasive procedures like injectables and laser technology, surgery often is seen as a last resort option when looking to improve aesthetic concerns. However, liposuction has seen a significant up tick in popularity over the last couple of years because people are looking for quick results with little downtime.

Liposuction fits this bill and more. It’s minimally-invasive with quick results. These benefits are just what many patients are looking for when seeking an improved body contour. So, when fitting into that special dress or vacation bikini is critically important in a few weeks, liposuction may be a viable solution. But when a commitment to physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle is just as important, liposuction may be crucial.

Think of fitting into those jeans which have been in the back of your closet for years or wearing the flattering dress of your youth. Or maybe regaining the joy of shopping with friends and looking great in the outfit you have desired for months. Liposuction can be the start of regaining that youthful figure you have been trying to achieve for several years.

Where Do You Start

Although liposuction is a minimally invasive aesthetic procedure – It is still surgery. And because of its popularity, many doctors perform the procedure without the proper training or experience. So, to get started you must first find a suitable plastic surgeon to treat you.

Once you find this candidate, schedule a consultation. Here you will be able to learn more about the procedure by asking questions and stating your concerns. You will also be able to get a good idea of how this surgeon can help you attain the body you want. He should be able to provide visible images of how you will look following the procedure.

Why Dr. Dreyfuss?

Dr. Dreyfuss is board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and a member of The Illinois Plastic Surgery Society.

He also has an extensive list of thousands of satisfied patients in the Chicago area. For more information about Dr. Dreyfuss and his practice call  815-806-9400 or schedule a consultation today.

What do all brides have in common? They all want to look their best for their big day! If your wedding is looming on the horizon, you’ll, therefore, be happy to know there are a number of cosmetic treatments that can quickly and easily enhance your appearance… Regardless of your age. Curious to learn more about how cosmetic procedures can help give you that “wow” factor every bride wants? Read on to discover the five cosmetic procedures every bride should consider before her big day:


Even if you don’t have visible wrinkles, Botox can help prime your skin so that it’s flawlessly smooth in time for your wedding. Botox removes the forehead lines that even younger people tend to have, for instance, making it easier to apply makeup.

Lip injections

Lip fillers are an excellent choice for many brides to be: Not only do they give you fuller (and more kissable) lips, they can improve the appearance of your smile. If you have a “toothy” smile that tends to show your gums, for example, filling in your lips will change the shape of your smile so that this doesn’t happen… Even when you flash your biggest, brightest smile.

Dermal fillers

If you have visible wrinkles but aren’t ready to have a facelift yet, dermal fillers can be the perfect line-busting complement to Botox injections. Dermal fillers plump up the skin, filling in deep wrinkles and subtly changing the shape of the face so that it looks fuller and more youthful.

Microdermabrasion treatments or chemical peels

Both microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels remove the top layer of the skin and therefore also remove fine lines, scars, age spots, and other minor imperfections. Peels force your skin to grow a fresh, glowing new surface layer that’s sure to dazzle in pictures.


Most brides diet and exercise religiously before their big day… Only to discover that all the healthy eating and cardio in the world won’t banish those last few patches of stubborn fat around their abdomen. Fortunately, if you’re losing an uphill battle against genetics, there’s a quick, easy alternative: Liposuction. Liposuction is the ideal solution for rapidly destroying stubborn fat deposits… And with proper maintenance, the results should last for the rest of your life.

Let us help you look and feel your best for your big day! Contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery for a consultation today.


Do you have stubborn pockets of fat that are almost impossible to eliminate? Have you tried committing to a particular diet or exercise, but you still haven’t achieved the body you desire? Due to aging and genetics, there are cases when body fat is difficult to destroy. It can be frustrating for people who want to look and feel good inside and out. Fortunately, today’s technology equipped us with powerful tools to help us achieve our life goals. Dr. Dreyfuss performs CoolSculpting and liposuction, two incredibly different procedures that are amazing for eliminating fat. Let’s find out which technique is best for you:

Would I Prefer a Surgical or a Non-Surgical Treatment?

CoolSculpting and liposuction are as different as treatments can be. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that can permanently eliminate fat without a single incision. CoolSculpting® works through a mechanism called fat freezing, which uses low temperatures that are cold enough to freeze fat, but not surrounding tissues. Fat freezing can specifically target fat for elimination. The treatment involves a few short relaxing sessions that eliminates these fat cells, which are then naturally flushed by the body. However, CoolSculpting® may require multiple sessions.


On the other hand, liposuction is a popular surgical technique for body contouring. During the procedure, a very small incision will be made so that a small tube called a cannula can enter the body. The cannula manipulates the tissue and removes fat using suction. Dr. Dreyfuss will make the procedure as comfortable as possible for the patient by using anesthetic and a tumescent solution that makes it easier to extract fat. Liposuction’s results are permanent, and only needs one treatment.

Do I Want to Eliminate My Body Fat in One Take or in Multiple Sessions?

Dr. Dreyfuss carefully plans every liposuction procedure to make sure the results satisfy the patient. In one attempt, unwanted body fat can be instantly eliminated through liposuction. Because liposuction is a surgical approach, it has an inevitable recovery process and healing process. Because of this, patients are more likely to maintain their results.

CoolSculpting® is a comfortable treatment that requires no downtime or recovery. It uses low temperatures that target fat for elimination; however, sometimes a treatment does not result in enough fat elimination. Sometimes patients need multiple treatments to get the perfect figure they desire.

When Do I Want to See Results?

As previously mentioned, liposuction is a surgical treatment that needs downtime to fully heal. The swelling reduces and the body contours begin to appear after a few weeks. Typically, the final result of liposuction can be seen in three months.

With CoolSculpting®, patients normally undergo a few sessions to see the full effect of the procedure. After the first treatment, changes in the body will appear as soon as 3 weeks. However, the first session is typically followed by more. The most remarkable CoolSculpting® results often appear 2 months after a treatment.

Learn the Best Treatment for You!

Feel like there’s more you need to know? Dr. Dreyfuss and his team of highly skilled experts will be glad to help you choose between CoolSculpting and Liposuction. Schedule a consultation, and start your transformation by giving Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery a call today!

Millions of body-conscious Americans try to slim down every year, and many succeed with diet and exercise.  However, most people still exhibit a few problem areas of stubborn fat.  These days, getting the body you want often requires more than just sweating to the oldies at the YMCA; it requires some smart technology and a good surgeon.

The problem is, a shift occurs at a certain age that affects weight fluctuations and it doesn’t seem to matter what we do – those stubborn saddlebags won’t go away.  Fortunately, liposuction can slim down fat deposits in many areas such as the back, thighs, buttocks, tummy, and elsewhere.

There are many new liposuction devices on the market that may or may not be as effective as advertised, from laser assisted lipolysis, to ultrasonic, soundwave assisted liposuction.  Whatever the case, tumescent liposuction is still considered the gold standard for many surgeons.

If you want to learn more about slimming down with liposuction, contact Doctor Dreyfuss. Also, see our liposuction before and after photos to get an idea of the results that can be achieved.