NewBeauty Top Doctor Since 2006

Steven Bloch

Plastic Surgeon
1160 Park Ave. West, Suite 2E, Highland Park, IL, 60035
We can help you put off surgery for five to 10 years.


For more than 30 years, Dr. Steven P. Bloch has carefully built his practice into a state-of-the-art center for slowing down or reversing the effects of aging. And this does not always mean surgery, even though he finds the operating room rife with gratification. The results of Dr. Bloch’s philosophy have served him and his patients quite well. Widely recognized for his surgical practice, Body by Bloch, and his cutting edge Skin Deep Medical Spa, located in Glenview and Highland Park, Dr. Bloch caters to Chicago’s affluent North Shore clientele.  

About My Practice

What are the options for the post-mastectomy breast reconstruction ?

There are a lot of options from using an implant with usually some modification to the opposite breast; with a TRAM flap (lower abdominal flap) or a latissimus flap to provide additional coverage. It's a complicated topic and depends on the size of other breast, and the objective of the patient. Do they want equal size or do we have to modify the other breast; whether they want to use an implant or their own tissue, etc.

How have you helped make reliable information more widespread?

I have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, Discovery Channel, CBS, NBC and Fox, contributing my thoughts on various techniques and procedures. In addition to running a busy private practice, I have also served as president of the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons to promote safe surgeries.

Why do you advise your patients to start off slow?

Many of my patients seeking aesthetic enhancement start off with less-invasive procedures before they commit to other treatments because I tell them that many times subtle changes can have a big impact on the way we look and feel. My treatment style does not include planting seeds of discontent. I'm here to help my patients age gracefully throughout all stages of their life, so having a variety of options, from noninvasive to surgical, is not only important, but necessary.

What health and beauty tip can make a big difference for patients?

For a total body workout, take up boxing. It will help you look and feel better.

How would you describe your practice?

Quiet, soothing, warm and elegant. Then again, these words also describe me as well.

About Me

How would you like to be remembered?

I'd like people to say I was a doctor who had great aesthetic sense and shared it.

Why did you become a plastic surgeon?

At first I wanted to be an architect, but i found it more challenging to transfer that aesthetic sense into technical skills.

Why did you become a plastic surgeon?

At first I wanted to be an architect, but i found it more challenging to transfer that aesthetic sense into technical skills.

How would you like to be remembered?

I'd like people to say I was a doctor who had great aesthetic sense and shared it.

What are you never without?

I'm never without my beeper.


State University of New York , Houston, TX
Surgery Residency
, Simon Fredricks, Houston, TX


Board Certification:

American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Medical Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Illinois State Medical Society

A Minute With

  1. What i love most about my profession

    The constant advancement of techniques and technology that allows me to help all of my patients age gracefully

  2. Three words that best describe me

    Calm, artistic, perfectionist

  3. What sets my practice apart

    Subtle changes can have a big impact on the way you look and feel; many of my patients will begin with less-invasive procedures before they
    commit to other treatments

  4. How i put my patients at ease

    My treatment style does not include planting seeds of discontent; I’m here to help my patients age gracefully— having a variety of options, from noninvasive to surgical, is important and necessary

  5. What i can’t live without

    My cell phone

  6. My greatest achievements

    Professionally, I have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Discovery Channel, CBS, NBC and FOX, contributing my thoughts on various
    techniques and procedures. In addition to running a busy private practice, I have also served as president of the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons to promote safe surgeries

  7. Most memorable thing i learned this year

    I recently traveled outside of the country, to Colombia, to learn advanced and innovative techniques for high definition VASER® liposuction

  8. Three things everyone should do before surgery

    Ensure you’re going to a qualified physician with the proper certifications and accreditations—such as a board-certified plastic surgeon with board-certified anesthesiologists; make sure you’re comfortable with the physician and staff; explore all nonsurgical alternatives


  • Body Contouring
  • Breast Surgery
  • Facial Fillers
  • Facial Rejuvenation Surgery
  • Nonsurgical Alternatives
  • Bellafill


  1. Where is the best place for the incision when getting breast implants?
    What our experts say:

    It depends on their anatomy and personal preference. If the areola is large enough, that hides the scar, especially if they want to go topless. Otherwise, I place them inframammary, in the crease.

  2. Are laser resurfacing treatments painful?
    What our experts say:

    The CO2 Fraxel is painful, but when I do the CO2 Fraxel you are put to sleep. If I use the Fraxel Restore that is not a CO2, but more like and erbium laser, it can be done with topical antithetic.

  3. Can I combine breast augmentation/ breast lift surgery with a tummy tuck?
    What our experts say:

    Yes you can. You can also combine a breast lift or reduction with a tummy tuck.

  4. How do I get rid of saddlebags?
    What our experts say:

    Liposuction. And if it is severe, I may recommend liposuction in conjunction with a lower body lift.

  5. How do I know if I need a breast lift?
    What our experts say:

    You need a breast lift if the nipple or breast tissue is lower than the inframammary crease. Basically, if you flunk the pencil test, you need a lift.

  6. How do you remove excess breast tissue in men?
    What our experts say:

    I usually do it all through liposuction. In the worst case, if it's glandular tissue, I use a power shaver that goes in through the liposuction entry point, grinds up the tissue and extracts it. There is virtually no scarring.

  7. How is Slim Lipo better or different than regular liposuction?
    What our experts say:

    Slim Lipo (laser liposuction) has two wavelengths, one unique for melting fat and one for heating tissue, inducing collagen, tightening and contracture.

  8. How long does it take to recover from a facelift?
    What our experts say:

    My objective is to have the patient out in public with some makeup in one week.

  9. How many Fraxel Repair treatments do you need to get a good result and what is the recovery like? What about Fraxel Restore?
    What our experts say:

    It depends on how wrinkled the skin is. Generally, only one time treatment is needed, and the objective is to get skin healed enough so after a week the patient can put makeup on. For the first week there is weeping and crusting, and we have to keep ointment on the skin and compresses. After the skin is sealed, they can apply makeup. The pinkness or redness after treatment lasts about a month or so. Because it is non-ablative, healing is much faster with Fraxel Restore, one weekend and then you are fine; but obviously the results are not the same as with the Fraxel Repair. It depends on the degree of improvement they are hoping to achieve and how bad their skin is that determines which technology is best suited to fit that patient.

  10. I want to look younger, but am not yet ready for surgery. What are my options?
    What our experts say:

    I fully understand that many patients want to look better but are not seeking surgery. Injectables can be a great option, because they offer a temporary, yet long-lasting, way to turn back the clock. While I have seven aestheticians on staff, all injectables are performed by myself or by a physician, so you can rest assured you're in the hands of a doctor.

  11. Is it best to wait until after having children before undergoing a mommy makeover?
    What our experts say:

    Not always. Breast augmentation can be done at any time. If you are planning on having children soon, then, I'd advise you to wait on a tummy tuck. If, on the other hand, you are not comfortable in your own skin and it's affecting your life, than it's appropriate to have it done whenever it's needed. If things change as a result of pregnancy, we can do further body contouring or a tune-up after.

  12. Is there a lot of bruising and scarring with liposuction?
    What our experts say:

    No, there is virtually no scarring. Bruising is variable. There is less bruising with laser liposuction than traditional liposuction, but it depends on how much fat you have to remove and how aggressive you want to be.

  13. What does a lower body lift entail? What is the recovery like?
    What our experts say:

    In a lower body lift, there is an incision completely around the body in the waistband area. It is a combination of a brazillian butt lift, lateral thigh lift and a tummy tuck. The recovery is not as bad as it used to be. We usually have patients up and walking the same day because there is a pain pump involved at the time of operation. Patients are observed overnight, and then go home the next day. No strenuous exercise for six to eight weeks, but they can return to work in two weeks.

  14. What is an erbium laser and how is it different from a CO2 laser?
    What our experts say:

    I've used the erbium but have stopped. Right now the laser of choice is the Fraxel Repair CO2 laser which gives you better skin tightening than an erbium laser. The problem with the CO2 previously was that you could wind up with delayed hyporpigmentation (at end of year used to see skin was lighter than they wanted it to be). With the CO2 Fraxel Repair, I have never seen a reported case of hyporpigmentation. I find the Fraxel Repair is best of all worlds. We abandoned the original CO2 and went to the erbium, which was pretty good, but along came the erbium fractional laser, which healed faster. Then they came out with the CO2 by Fraxel, which wins hands down. What we see with the Fraxel Repair, as compared to conventional laser resurfacing technology, is less down time (faster healing) and no cases of hypopigmentation

  15. What is Artefill and how is it different from other injectable fillers?
    What our experts say:

    Its a semi-permanent injectable that the company claims lasts for more than five years. This is sometimes good and bad. I have found that patients would always like to have filler that lasts longer, but maybe not quite that long. So, the ideal filler has yet to be developed. The ideal filler would be one that is permanent, but if they didn't like the way it looks, we could inject something to dissolve it. We don't have that yet. I do use Artefill, but sparingly. You can't get rid of it once it's injected. With hyaluronic acid fillers, you can get rid of them if you don't like them.

  16. What is capsular contracture and how do I avoid it after breast surgery?
    What our experts say:

    The body heals by forming scar tissue around the breast implant. Otherwise it would never heal. But sometimes it has the tendency to contract; making it firmer than the patient would like it to feel, that's capsular contracture. To avoid this, we actually put patients on off-label use of asthma medication post-op, which has shown to decrease the capsular contraction rate. I have done this for 5 years and it does work. I also have patients massage post-op. And, if they are having dental work, then I give them prophylactic antibiotics.

  17. What is Endermologie?
    What our experts say:

    Post-op after liposuction, there is a certain amount of bruising and swelling. Endermologie is a mechanical massage of the treated area that helps to diminish swelling and even out the skin texture. I usually recommend it after liposuction.

  18. What is involved with breast reduction? Is there a lot of scarring?
    What our experts say:

    For most women a reduction is needed if their nipples are lower than they ideally would like and if their breasts are pendulous. We raise the nipple to a higher location, removing excess skin and breast tissue and make it into a more conical shape. Yes, there is scar tissue around the nipple, down the breast and under the breast; basically, the scar is in shape of an anchor. But, at the end of a year if they heal ideally, there will only be a fine white line. To minimize scarring we also have patients use silicone sheeting on scars and laser treatments post-op.

  19. What is laser liposuction used for?
    What our experts say:

    I do a lot of it. I think it is the only form of liposuction that helps to promote skin tightening. We are not always sure how much tightening we are going to get, but it's more than other methods. It's great on the underarms and the periumbilical area (upper abdomen), an area that usually with traditional liposuction, laxity of skin is often a problem. I also use laser assisted liposuction (Slim Lipo by Palomar) on patients' necks who really need, but refuse to have, a facelift and I get a good result, something I would never do before there was laser lip. I get results that could not have been achieved any other way.

  20. What is recovery like after a tummy tuck? Can I wear a bikini without seeing my scar?
    What our experts say:

    No strenuous exercise for six to eight weeks. Patients are up and about fairly quickly because I use pain pumps for minimal discomfort, and they are back to work in a week to 10 days. I really try to make every effort to make the scar as low down as possible. I have the patient bring the briefest outfit so I can place the scar down far enough so it is well hidden.

  21. What is the recovery like after breast augmentation surgery?
    What our experts say:

    I often use a lot of pain pumps which aids in post-op discomfort. The objective is to get them back to work in two to three days and back to exercising in three weeks.

  22. What is the recovery like after liposuction?
    What our experts say:

    Patients can shower the next day and exercise in a week. I have them wear a compression garment for four weeks.

  23. What is transconjunctival blepharoplasty?
    What our experts say:

    It's a lower eyelid lift where the incision is made from inside the lid so there is no external incision; as opposed to an external approach with a scar under the lash line. There are several advantages. It eliminates virtually all risk of droop of the lower eyelid, it will not change shape of eye, and combined with external laser resurfacing of the skin, it provides a more natural look to the lower lid.

  24. What type of breast implant is best for me? What about size?
    What our experts say:

    I usually use round silicone gel implants. With size, there are two ways. One is that I have all the implants here, and I have patients put them on and they are assed based on their anatomy on how it looks. We are about to launch the capability where we can photograph the patient and modify that photograph based on what size implant and how that would look.

  25. Will I have numbness after a facelift?
    What our experts say:

    Yes. All patients are advised that the neck and lateral portion of the face will be numb after a facelift and that it could last for several months.

  26. With breast augmentation is it best to put the implant below or above the muscle?
    What our experts say:

    Below the muscle. I think statistically there are less problems with capsular contraction, and there is a more natural appearance and a more natural slope and from chest to breast area. There are also fewer problems with rippling.

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Marsha Miller

Marsha Miller
"My experience with Dr. Bloch and his office staff has been very positive. I would highly recommend him, why waste your resources on anyone else? He's an artist in this field/yet practical, 'this can be done for YOU," not effete, current with effective procedures/treatments- bda/before/during/after, to make the whole process as thorough, comfortable, & safe as possible to achieve the best result/s."


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