The face is the most frequent point of concern when patients come to see Dr. Dreyfuss in Orland Park, Illinois, about the signs of aging.

When their faces begin to age, patients typically experience the gradual appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of facial volume. All of this contributes towards a more tired, unenergetic profile.

Fortunately, plenty of options are available to patients who want to reverse the sands of time and enjoy a more youthful look well into their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond.

While some patients will be best served with a surgery such as a brow lift or a facelift, others with less advanced signs of aging may get the results they need from either facial implants or dermal fillers.

But how does one choose between facial implants or dermal fillers?

This is precisely what Dr. David Dreyfuss aims to answer here.

What do Facial Implants and Fillers Address?

Facial implants and dermal fillers actually serve a similar purpose – they provide volume to areas of the face with lost muscle tone, fatty tissue, and skin elasticity to provide a plumper, smoother, wrinkle-free area.

By doing so, facial implants and dermal fillers give patients a youthful, vibrant appearance free from fine lines and wrinkles.

But how do the two treatments differ?

Facial Implants

Facial implants focus on the cheeks and chin. These two areas of the face are prime targets for losing their fatty tissue and volume as part of the aging process. As such, introducing small, intricately crafted implants to these regions provides a permanent solution to the loss of volume.

Patients seeking a long-lasting solution to a more advanced aging stage may enjoy better results from facial implants than dermal fillers.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, unlike facial implants, are temporary solutions to a loss of volume and skin elasticity.

However, whereas facial implants are restricted to the cheeks and chin, dermal fillers can be used in most parts of the face the require attention.

As such, patients with less severe signs of aging can benefit significantly from dermal fillers, particularly with symptoms such as:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Smokers’ lines
  • Thin lips
  • Facial hollows
  • Forehead lines
  • Marionette lines
  • Acne scars


Facial implants are cosmetic surgery, whereas dermal fillers are injected. This is also something to take into consideration, as the recovery time from facial implants is about 4-6 weeks, whereas there is virtually no recovery time required for dermal fillers. (Simply wait 4-5 days for the fillers to properly take effect and show their results).

Dermal Fillers and Facial Implants in Orland Park, IL

Both dermal fillers and facial implants offer outstanding anti-aging results to those concerned about looking older. In some cases, getting a combination of procedures can provide the best results. If neither of these procedures are indicated, we’ll educate you about our other surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options that can help.

You can only decide which procedure best suits your individual needs after having a friendly and informative consultation with a leading cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Dreyfuss. Contact him at 815-806-9400 or arrange a virtual consultation now to arrange your consultation and begin your journey toward looking the way you want.

Of the people who consider facelift surgery, many worry about their results. The images of facelift failures displayed on television and social media could cause significant anxiety with potential patients worrying about a similar outcome.

Fortunately, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, preparing, and following post-surgical instruction can meet or exceed your aesthetic goals. Here are five steps to follow to ensure you get the results you deserve.

1. Choose the Right Surgeon

While most surgeons can legally perform a facelift, a board-certified plastic surgeon exceeds all others in training, skill, and ethical standards.  Their expertise centers on facial anatomy and reconstructive surgery. They must keep abreast of the most modern techniques and technology through continuing education. And their ethical standards are the most stringent in medicine.

2. Be Honest During Your Consultation

During your consultation, be honest with Dr. Dreyfuss about your desired results. Be prepared to discuss previous surgeries, drug allergies, and current medications. Dr. Dreyfuss will evaluate your unique facial anatomy to compare with your cosmetic goals and give you his assessment. Together, you will devise a surgical plan designed to deliver the best results possible.

Your consultation is your opportunity to ask questions and state your concerns. Come prepared with a list of what you would like to discuss.  Here are some questions you might want to consider:

  • How often do you perform facelifts?
  • How long have you been a plastic surgeon?
  • What makes me a good candidate for the surgery?
  • Where will you perform the operation?
  • Are there any complications and risks I should know about facelift surgery?

3. Get Your Skin Ready for Surgery

The secret to excellent facelift results is healthy skin. If you smoke, quit for at least two weeks before surgery. Use sunblock religiously before and after surgery to diminish sun damage. Start a medical-grade skin care routine at home. Eat the right foods for healthy skin.

4. Excellent Post-Surgery Care

Think about buying a new car – an expensive one, like a Maserati or Ferrari. You will want to have the vehicle serviced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You should approach your facelift recovery the same way.

Dr. Dreyfuss will give you detailed instructions about prescribed medications, bandages, incision care, and sutures. He will advise you on diet, rest, and exercise. Follow his instructions to the letter!

5. Managing Volume Loss

Today, a facelift is more than stretching skin taut. It’s about volume. With age, we lose fat and bone, creating a sagging, deflated facial appearance. By managing this loss by restoring volume during surgery and beyond, the results will be longer-lasting. Dr. Dreyfuss may suggest enhancing your facelift results with other cosmetic treatments like dermal fillers or facial implants.

The Best Place for a Facelift in Chicago

To find a board-certified plastic surgeon to restore your youthful facial appearance, look no further. Dr. David Dreyfuss believes you deserve the best. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our state-of-the-art surgical facility in Orland Park. Or, you can call us at 815-806-9400.