Best Facelift in Chicago – Dr. Dreyfuss

You feel better than you look. You are refreshed and have energy, but that’s not what the mirror says. The sagging jowls and the disappearing chin tell a different story.  You may look much more tired than you really feel.

You have contemplated surgery – a facelift – but yet you hesitate. You see the celebrity that looks unnatural, and you shy away. But in actuality, you do see successful facelift results daily – it’s just that you can’t detect the work that was done! That’s the point, isn’t it? To have work done without any evidence of it. Subtle changes that make you look better!

Natural Results for Facelift in Chicago

To ensure a natural and beautiful facelift result, you must choose the right plastic surgeon—a surgeon with the proper training and plenty of experience and a long history of satisfied patients. You need a compassionate surgeon with the eye of an artist!

Chicago’s own Dr. David Dreyfuss has dedicated his career to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has been in practice for over a quarter-century and has thousands of satisfied Chicago area patients.

His skill will ensure a successful result. You will receive a younger and natural-looking version of yourself!

Facelift Chicago – Facts

Rhytidectomy (facelift surgery) revives the mid to lower face and neck. It corrects:

  • A sagging mid-face
  • The deep creases under the eyes
  • The deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • The jowls due to fading muscle tone
  • Excess fat
  • A double chin due to fat and loose skin under the chin and jaw

For some, a facelift can remove eight to twelve years from the appearance. Aging, sun, pollution, anxiety, the fierce Chicago wind, and gravity will take their toll on your face, neckline, and self-esteem. Resulting creases and wrinkles, as well as folds and fat deposits, can begin to harm your appearance and identity. Professional and personal relationships might be affected as self-confidence dwindles.

But a facelift will help you regain your youthful appearance sought by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin around the neck and face. Facelifts can be done alone or in conjunction with another procedure like a brow lift, eyelid surgery, chin augmentation, or nose reshaping. Having a facelift does not change the shape of your nose, eyes, or forehead.

Your Consultation for a Facelift in Chicago

Upon arrival at our Orland Park office, you will be greeted by one of our friendly front desk receptionists. They will guide you through the administrative process and orient you to the practice. You will be introduced to Karen, our patient coordinator, who will be with you throughout the process. She is well-versed in all aspects of cosmetic surgery, and you will find her a valuable resource before and after your procedure.

During your initial consultation, you may voice any concerns you may have and ask any questions you feel are relevant. You consult with Dr. Dreyfuss and learn his recommendation and what realistic expectations you can expect. You will be provided enough information to make an informed decision.

Dr. Dreyfuss is a wonderful doctor, as I have had several procedures done under his care. Each encounter with him and his staff has been of kind, compassionate care. I will continue as a patient for future procedures and would recommend him to all my friends and family. Knew from the first consult I was making the right choice! ~ New Lennox

Suitable Candidates for a Facelift in Chicago

A facelift is a good option for you if you:

  • Are healthy and have no medical conditions that can impede healing.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic goals.
  • Are not satisfied with your aged facial appearance.

Dr. Dreyfuss will evaluate your facial anatomy and discuss with you what facelift procedures may be implemented.

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If you would like to learn more about a certain procedure or are looking to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dreyfuss, please contact our office.

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What to Expect with Your Facelift in Chicago

A full facelift is a combination of separate facial surgery procedures that correct different parts of the face. Each of our facelift techniques involves a custom approach. Dr. Dreyfuss will tailor a facelift for full rejuvenation specific to individual needs.

A full facelift may include:

  • A browlift
  • Chin augmentation
  • Eyelid surgery
  • A lower facelift

During your consultation at our Orland Park Office, Dr. Dreyfuss will help you decide the best facelift option.

Facelifts are performed in our state-of-the-art AAAHC and JCAHO accredited surgery center in the Orland Park community. Local anesthesia with IV sedation anesthesia will be administered for your comfort. The facelift procedure takes two to three hours.

SMAS or muscle repositioning is included along with fat sculpting and the redraping and excising of the skin. It allows for the ideal relocation of both skin and muscle so that there is no tension left on the skin. With this technique, Dr. Dreyfuss can produce results that look natural.

Dr. Dreyfuss will start the procedure with incisions around the hairline, behind each ear, and under the chin. He will then remove excess tissue and reposition specific fat pads under the skin. Next, he will re-drape the skin by lifting and tightening it.

A short scar approach can be performed with an incision under the chin resulting in an isolated neck lift.  A drain may be inserted for a short time to allow excess fluid to escape.

Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery is a premier cosmetic surgery practice. We have multiple ways you can reach us. Please feel free to call us at 815-806-9400, or you can get us by submitting your information on the contact page.

Recovery – Facelift in Chicago

Following surgery, your head and face will be bandaged. This will help in the healing process by reducing swelling and bruising and preventing fluid and blood from settling under the skin.

Pain medication will be prescribed for your comfort during the recovery phase. Adequate time should be allotted for healing before resuming work and everyday activities. Swelling, numbness, and skin discoloration should be anticipated, lasting for about two weeks.

Your dressings and incisions should be kept dry until Dr. Dreyfuss allows you to bath or shower. Your head should remain elevated and immobile for the first few days to minimize swelling.

The first glimpse of your facelift outcome will be after the postoperative bandage is removed at 24 hours..

The facelift healing period may range from one week to several weeks, contingent on the type and combinations of procedures undertaken. Full facelift and mid-facelift patients can expect to return to work within two weeks. Endoscopic facelift and mini-facelift patients can expect to return within a day or two.

Blow-drying hair and wearing earrings, etc., may be prohibited for a more extended period.

Rest and sleep are critical for proper healing. Avoid vigorous activities, heavy housework, and intimate relations for at least two weeks. Alcohol, saunas, and steam rooms are also prohibited for several months.

Light walking and mild stretching are encouraged to prevent blood clots.

How Long Do the Effects of a Chicago Facelift Last?

One of the main advantages of facelift surgery is it can last 10 years or longer. This depends to some extent on the patient, but it also depends on the skill of your plastic surgeon. Dr. Dreyfuss has performed several facelifts on many of his patients in his 25 years of surgery. Many come back to him because they trust his abilities and results.

What Won’t a Facelift Correct?

A facelift cannot revive the eyebrows, eyelids, or nose. These may be corrected in other procedures.  It cannot lift the cheekbones, although your cheekbones will appear more prominent after a facelift with the mid-face portion of the process.

Some patients opt for a brow lift (forehead lift), eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), or cheek augmentation, if indicated and recommended by Dr. Dreyfuss. For some, non surgical injectables like Botox® or dermal fillers can provide additional enhancement after a facelift by further smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, particularly on the upper part of the face not affected by a facelift. This can enhance facial rejuvenation. Skin resurfacing procedures can also be helpful to provide an even more comprehensive result on the finer lines of the skin.

Facelift Complications

Facelift surgery is not without risk, and complications may occur. Procedures to prevent complications are critical and should be undertaken by a competent and experienced surgeon. Dr. Dreyfuss prides himself and his staff on detailed protocols to reduce any risks and promote a successful cosmetic treatment.

Ensuring you are a suitable candidate, understanding your body type, best surgical technique, and compassionate post-surgery care are essential in avoiding surgical complications.

Facelift complications could include:

  • Hematoma (bleeding)
  • Infection
  • Hypertrophic scarring

Following the doctor’s orders will help avoid post-surgery complications.

Choosing the Right Surgeon for Facelift in Chicago

Any doctor with a license to practice medicine can perform facelift surgery legally, despite having no training or experience in this specialty. This may open the door for severe complications due to an inadequate skill set.

It is critical to choose a plastic surgeon with an exceptional track record, the right qualifications, and credentials as a leader in this field. They should be in good standing with the local community and various medical boards. Education, experience, and satisfied patients should also factor into your decision.

You should feel comfortable with the entire staff as well. The team should be professional, caring, and compassionate, as these are the people you will depend upon during recovery.  Make sure you visit with the surgeon personally and visit the facility where the surgery will be performed. Take your time and do your research.

Beyond any expectation that I had before surgery. It was not rehearsed or fake, I just felt comfortable. I loved the “realness” of the staff. Once I met Dr. Dreyfuss, I knew he would be the best. He didn’t pull any punches, he was straight forward and clearly explained all the details on what I needed to do to look better.

He is an unbelievable surgeon, but at the same time personable, sincere and professional gentleman. He’s Great! I would never go anywhere else. ~ L.G.

Why Dr. David Dreyfuss for Facelift in Chicago

A graduate of the prestigious Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, Dr. Dreyfuss continued his training as a resident in General Surgery at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. He also completed a Fellowship at the University of Chicago.

He has peer recognition as an expert in Cosmetic Surgery. He has presented many national meetings on Breast Surgery and Breast Implants.

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

Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery is a premier cosmetic surgery practice. We have multiple ways you can reach us. Please feel free to call our Chicago office at 815-806-9400, or you can reach us by submitting your information on the contact page.

FAQs for Facelift in Chicago

You may be a facelift candidate if you’re in good health and have excess facial skin on the face and neck that makes you look older. The average facelift patients in Chicago are in their 40’s to 60’s.  Although a facelift can be performed successfully on patients in their 70’s or 80’s, too.

A facelift does not stop the natural aging process. It can improve facial appearances by turning the clock back on an aging face.  Factors like heredity, bone structure, sun exposure, smoking history, skin texture, and others play a role in the scope of improvement.

A facelift removes excess fat, tightens the skin, and strengthens underlying tissue in the lower two-thirds of the face and neck. It provides a youthful, fresh facial presence. Your results will look natural without pulling the corners of your mouth tight for that windblown look. 

Facelift incisions start above the temple’s hairline extending in a natural line inside the cartilage in front of the ear. It will continue behind the earlobe within the hairline. These are mostly hidden behind the hairline or in the natural facial creases. Once the scarring has softened after several months, they are discreet. If a Necklift is included, then a small incision under the chin is performed.

After a facelift, some numbness may reside in the cheek area. The feeling will return in one to two months.

For a few days after surgery, your activities will be restricted. You will sleep and rest with your head elevated, and you should plan on taking it easy for at least one week after the operation. After several days, your dressings will be removed, and you can wash your hair gently with particular care paid to your incisions.

Dr. Dreyfuss instructs you should refrain from strenuous activity for two to three weeks. Stay out of the sun for several months and allow plenty of time for rest and sleep.