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.

With many of us getting tired of dealing with this pandemic, our safety and health concerns still must rule the day. In many areas, including Chicago, wearing a facemask is becoming the norm in today’s world. And until we find a solution to this COVID-19 problem, we need to be diligent in protecting ourselves and others. But what about our skin?

Wearing a mask regularly may cause us some inconvenience. Yet, the fabric brushing against our facial skin may create its own problems. Irritation, acne breakouts, chafing, redness, and even bruising can result. With these skin issues looming, our staff at Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery rounded up these simple tips to ensure your skin is protected while covering your face.

Choose a Cotton Mask

While N95 masks are reserved for frontline workers and medical staff, we feel the best option for you will be coverings made from tightly woven cotton. Synthetic covers fail to breathe freely, and when they rub against the skin can cause irritation and rash. You might want to look for a mask that has an inside pocket to increase filtration by adding a coffee filter inside.

Wash Your Face. A Lot.

Wearing a mask creates a perfect area for dirt, oil, and sweat to collect. We recommend you add a gentle cleanser to your skincare arsenal to wash your face often. There are products with a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser you should use before and after wearing your mask.

Keep Your Mask Clean

Many of us have turned wearing a mask into a personal fashion statement. Some are even creating their own masks at home. If you are wearing homemade coverings that are not disposable, make sure you wash them daily after use. You may want to make more than one for a selection, so you can match the outfit you’re wearing each day and keep the coverings clean.

Reduce Friction

The most common problem we’re seeing is that face masks are rubbing the skin raw. We suggest finding a suitable ointment or salve to protect sensitive areas from chafing and friction. Or you can use household products like Aquaphor or Vaseline to prevent your skin from breaking out in a rash.

Skip Makeup

If this pandemic has one positive overture for your skin, it’s an opportunity to skip makeup—a perfect time to give your face a break for days at a time. If you don’t work at home, simply dress your eyes to look marvelous, and then use the mask to cover up instead of makeup.

Treat Acne Gently

If you notice a breakout, don’t pull out the big guns. Face coverings create a humid environment that promotes sebum production, clogged pores, and blemishes. To counter, skip the harsh treatments and opt for a soothing product to calm irritation and redness. We recommend salicylic acid as a healthy choice for its ability to reduce inflammation and unclog pores. Also, acne patches under your mask is a good trick while out in public. Who’s to know?

Schedule a consultation with Dr. David Dreyfuss today and learn how to protect your skin during this pandemic.


A gorgeous day in the sun requires some surefire measures to protect your skin. Taking care of your skin while enjoying yourself outdoors is easy, as long as you practice some helpful hints. Not fully understanding your sunscreen could lead to unpleasant harm to your skin over time, like pigmentation issues, wrinkles, and fine lines. It can also be a health issue, with skin cancer a significant concern.

To ensure you enjoy yourself safely in the sun, here are five tips Dr. David Dreyfuss and his dedicated staff have for you as we approach the warmer months.

1. Not Putting on Enough

We find most people are not generous enough when applying sunscreen, using only about a quarter to half of the recommended amount. The adult dosage should be around 30 milliliters, or a little over an ounce for the entire body.

2. Not Reapplying Often Enough

OK, you’re slathering the recommended amount on as you begin to enjoy the beautiful day, but then you stop. After a couple of hours, the active ingredient will break down to insufficient levels, leaving your skin unprotected. Also, it takes about 15 minutes for the product to absorb properly into the skin.

We recommend to reapply sunscreen generously about every 90 minutes or so. You should also reapply your sunscreen every time you come out of the water, whether its label says “waterproof” or not. Allow the sunscreen time to absorb into your skin before going out into the sun.

3. Using an Expired Product

Resupply your stockpile of sunscreen every year by throwing out last year’s and replacing it anew. The protection ingredients don’t last forever. The SPF number on the label will diminish as the months pass.

4. Not Covering the Entire Body

To ensure proper skin health, you should cover all exposed skin in sunscreen. We know your shoulders and back are hard to reach and are easy to forget about. Ask for some assistance to get complete coverage if necessary.

5. Only Applying Sunscreen When the Sun Is Out

Just because you have some nice cloud coverage doesn’t mean UV rays are taking a day off. On the contrary, UV rays are still potent when it’s overcast. You tend to stay out longer when it’s shady because it’s not as hot, leaving your skin exposed to danger for longer periods. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you leave every morning, whether it’s sunny, rainy, or somewhere in between.

Be on the Safe Side

You can never be too careful when it comes to your skin. It’s your body’s largest organ and one of the few exposed to external factors. To ensure its safety, follow the suggestions above. And if you have other skin concerns, whether cosmetic or skin health, contact us today. We can help you achieve skin beauty and a healthy complexion, both now and for many years to come.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Dreyfuss today and learn how to protect your skin during your summer fun.

Now that the months of slush, snow, and frigid temperatures are over, and spring is in the air, it’s time to rethink your skincare routine. Winter is gone, taking with it dreariness and itchy, dry skin. And although you’ve spent these months layering balms, serums, and oils, the warmer air, and increased humidity will mean your skin will encounter a shock. So, what should you do now? Here are some helpful hints to help you transition your skincare routine from winter to spring.

Moisturize for Warmer Temperatures

Now that it’s spring, you should choose lighter moisturizers like a water-based or hyaluronic acid formula as the temperatures rise. During the colder months, our skin tends to hold moisture with less need for protection. Although a moisturizer with an SPF 30 is excellent when it’s cold, we stress the importance of a sunscreen separate from your makeup, and lotion that’s at least SPF 50.


Contrary to popular belief, your skin requires exfoliation when it’s extra-dry. Sloughing off dead skin cells and unclogging pores is paramount for healthy, glowing skin. Unfortunately, many try to do this at home with harsh scrubs and over-the-counter peels. But spring is the best time to schedule a medspa treatment. Here are the remedies we recommend this time of year.


This aesthetic treatment can resolve cosmetic skin issues with an added collagen boost. A gentle stream of particles will exfoliate damaged and dry skin to reveal a glowing, fresh skin layer almost immediately.  Microdermabrasion gently vacuums away exfoliated cells and skin particles in sensitive areas, including the face, neck, chest, and arms.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Laser Genesis is an advanced YAG laser treatment for skin conditions like large pores, scars, wrinkles, uneven texture, and redness. You will enjoy a rejuvenated, healthy appearance with radiant skin to enhance your facial beauty for those springtime events.

Vivace Microneedling

Vivace microneedling combines radiofrequency and microneedling to deliver tighter skin and trigger new collagen production.


Our customized facials will transition your skin by restoring, revitalizing, and nourishing it to a beautiful presence. Our aesthetician will analyze your skin to recommend which of our facials is best suited for you. It’s also a great way to spend a relaxing hour or two.

Chemical Peels

This time-tested skincare treatment can treat your skin at various layers by removing the old and welcoming in the new. Various depths of chemical peels can resolve many skin flaws like wrinkles, scarring, hyperpigmentation, and uneven tone or texture.

Medical-Grade Treatments for Your Home

Skincare is a daily discipline that requires dedication and high-quality products. Fortunately, Dreyfuss Aesthetics offers the very best in skincare products you can enjoy using from the comfort of your home, including ZO® SkinHealth, SkinMedica®, Dermworx™, and TEOXANE®.

To learn more about transitioning your skincare routine from the winter to spring, call 815-806-9400 or schedule a consultation today.

Scar treatment is not a simple process. Multiple factors need consideration before choosing the best approach. Surgeons and skincare professionals require detailed information to determine the type of scar needing treatment and the approach necessary to soften its visibility. The severity of scar tissue, size and depth of the wound, and the patient’s age and current health status all get taken into account before choosing which procedure will deliver the best results. 

Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a natural component that supports the skin by attracting and retaining moisture. Many dermal fillers incorporate this sugar to add plumpness to voids and hollows in facial areas. These injectables are also suitable to soften fine lines and wrinkles. You can reduce the appearance of acne scarring by having dermal fillers injected under the skin tissue. These injections will plump up the skin adjacent to the scar and diminish its visibility. 

You should note that dermal fillers are a temporary fix to facial blemishes, as the body will absorb the product after a few months to two years. Additional sessions can continue the results until you decide on a more permanent approach. 

Laser Surgery Treatment 

For patients interested in taking a more permanent approach, laser treatments could fit the bill. This treatment requires a consultation with a skin evaluation and physical check-up. Then, Dr. Dreyfuss can recommend the proper laser treatment for skin type and scar reduction. A laser treatment will transform the scar tissue so it can blend into the adjacent skin and become less obvious. These treatments use advanced technology that can provide outstanding results when performed by certified health care professionals. Multiple sessions may be necessary.


This straightforward approach removes the damaged skin surface, allowing for the fresh, supple, underlying skin to emerge. Various treatments can accomplish removing the dead and damaged skin layer while promoting the body’s natural healing process. They include the following.

Chemical Peels

As the name indicates, a chemical peel will use chemical compounds to remove scar tissue. This approach sloughs off damaged skin tissue to reveal a new skin layer. There will be some redness and irritation during the peeling process.


We can boost collagen production with a gentle stream of tiny particles that exfoliate the outer layer of damaged skin while providing a fresh, radiant skin glow. Because microdermabrasion removes small amounts of skin, results are immediate. Treatment sites include the face, neck, chest, back, arms, and hands. 

Vivace Microneedling

The establishment of the advanced Vivace Microneedling with radiofrequency promotes skin rejuvenation to a higher level in the Chicago area. This innovative procedure is 100% natural, linking two established technologies into one procedure. Patients see improvement in anti-aging and the reduction of scarring, wrinkles, stretch marks, and more. 

If you want to address scarring resulting from injury, acne, or surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dreyfuss today.

Chicago winters, biting chill, dreary rain, and breathtaking winds not only bring down  our mood, but they can wreak havoc on our skin health as well. The dark days of these colder months can cause our skin to become dry, red, flaky, and inflamed. But how can you keep your complexion luminous and plump throughout the winter? 

Here we reveal tried-and-true practices that will keep your complexion healthy and radiant all winter long.

1. Use SPF 

Winter is not the time to stop using sunscreen; in fact, it may be the time to use it more. Although temperatures drop significantly, the sun still shines and can cause extreme damage to the skin. If there is snow out, it will reflect UV rays, much like sand on the beach. We recommend a reliable sunscreen with at least 30 SPF on exposed skin like the face, neck, and hands. This practice will reduce dry skin and fight the effects of aging.

2: Hydrate

Maintaining your water intake during the winter months is essential to your health. During the warmer months, we drink plenty of water, but as the temperatures drop, it’s easy to neglect hydration. Although perspiration decreases and losing moisture may not be as much of a concern, you should still be drinking at least a couple of liters a day.

3. Switch Up Your Moisturiser

Although increasing water intake is a good move, it won’t by itself save your skin from drying out during the winter. Freezing temperatures can cause much damage, so finding winter skincare products is a must. You should look to facial oils and hydrating serums that amp up your moisture levels and maintain your beautiful skin.

4.   Exfoliate

Exfoliation during the winter months is equally important to both body and face. Many people experience flaky skin during the colder months, and the best way to eliminate this dead skin is to exfoliate. You should exfoliate to increase skin health at least once a week, but don’t overdo it. Too much exfoliation may cause its own problems.

A dry body brush is a great way to exfoliate before you bathe or shower. Long sweeping motions over your torso, legs, and arms will remove dry skin and keep the skin’s circulation active to increase blood flow to the skin and improve its overall health.

5. Dress accordingly. 

This tip is critical—although painfully obvious. Although we tend to dress to impress, don’t let our fashion get in the way of wearing layers when it’s cold. Gloves, scarfs, long sleeves, and leggings, as well as sweaters, thermal undergarments, and coats, will protect your skin from the harsh winter environment. 

For more information about how you can keep your skin looking its best and find out about transformative non-surgical and surgical treatment options, contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Every patient we treat at our state-of-the-art Medical Spa has individual skin concerns which require a custom skincare regimen. With age, and through different stages of life, your skin transitions to different phases as well. It is crucial to have a relationship with an aesthetic medical professional with the expertise and experience to provide you with the procedures to help you pass the years with grace. This crucial factor in anti-aging medicine is why board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss, performs all nonsurgical procedures at our surgical clinic in Orland Park.

As a plastic surgeon, he has the training and experience to provide treatments and products to enhance your skin’s health and appearance aestheticians don’t have. He not only has a full arsenal of treatment regimens to ensure your best skin ever, but he can also recommend home products to help enhance the appearance of your skin. Here are some of his recommendations for each stage of your life:

Your Thirties

Although skin care is important to teens and young adults as well, when you reach thirty, it’s time to get very serious about your skincare. Use a facial cleanser when you rise in the morning and before you go to bed at night. This practice will be gentle on your skin and will avoid pre-mature wrinkles, lines, and blemishes.

Also, wear sunscreen! Nothing adds to wrinkles and fine lines like sun and wind exposure, and wearing sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or higher will ensure you have the proper protection. Dr. Dreyfuss can recommend one with the proper blend of moisture and antioxidants. He can also recommend a topical cream or serum to use at night with the proper levels of AHA, retinol, and moisturizer.

A personalized facial every six to eight weeks is highly recommended to hydrate the skin and clean the pores. Microdermabrasion is also a great treatment for exfoliation to provide a polished and refined appearance.

If you start noticing some lines around your eyes or on your forehead, Dr. Dreyfuss may recommend Botox® to get a jump start on your anti-aging regimen.

Your Forties

Now is the time to step up your skin care treatment to meet the ever-advancing onset of aging skin. Dr. Dreyfuss will suggest more advanced products and procedures which are appropriate for this time in your life. With proper skin evaluation and a stronger treatment regimen, you will find your skin maintaining its youthful glow or reverse the effects of aging.

Dermal fillers like Juvederm® and Restylane® are optimal treatments to ensure your facial appearance has enough volume for a smooth texture with fewer wrinkles and lines. Botox can also be utilized for effective treatment of wrinkles and lines about the eyes and on the forehead.

Your Fifties

To maintain proper skin care and keep you looking wonderful, this decade in your life requires consistent and proper treatments. While maintaining a daily skin cleansing regimen and using daily sunscreen as mentioned earlier, you will probably also require products which trigger new cell growth and regeneration of elastin and collagen, the proteins which provide support and skin tightness. Dr. Dreyfuss will recommend products to ensure you receive the proper nutrients your skin requires; plus, he might also suggest treatments appropriate to keep your facial appearance young and vibrant.

Ultherapy® is an advanced skincare treatment which is FDA-approved for the face, neck, chin, décolletage, and brow. This non-invasive ultra-sound procedure stimulates collagen production to offer a gradual skin tightening and resolve wrinkles, lines, and folds.

Laser Genesis is a laser treatment used for skin rejuvenation at this critical age. Skin issues like wrinkles, uneven texture, scars, redness, and large pores can all be resolved with Laser Genesis, giving you healthy and rejuvenated skin.

Your Sixties and Beyond

Now your skin will need more protection than at any other time in your life. Hydration and sunscreen are critical to ensuring optimal health and appearance. Gentle cleansers in the morning and at night should be maintained as well as sunscreen application daily.

Hyaluronic acid fillers will also keep your face full and plump while easing wrinkles and lines. Regular facials will ensure your skin will receive proper hydration and an infusion of necessary nutrients.

Facial surgery is also a possibility at any age to shave a decade off your appearance and ensure your graceful aging process.

Learn More

To learn more about skincare at every life stage call us at 815-806-9400 or Contact Us Today!

Summer is almost here and with it comes warmer weather. This temperature rise means you’ll be exchanging your winter woolens for your crop tops, summer shorts, and bikinis. It may be wonderful to think you’ll be able to get some sun on your skin; but is your summer body ready to flaunt?

Here at Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we see an uptick in patients looking to get summer ready for the events on their calendar. Here are the most popular procedures they choose:


Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the Chicago area and around the United States. It is the least invasive plastic surgery available and has the shortest recovery period. Liposuction is designed to eliminate the stubborn fat that diet and exercise can’t seem to resolve and help you look your best this summer.

The procedure involves tiny incisions that enable a thin suction tool to remove stubborn fat cells from target areas. It is not a weight loss procedure but rather a body contouring treatment, and patients should be close to their optimal weight before considering the surgery.


What could be more satisfying than freezing away unwanted bulges to prepare for the warm weather that approaches? Coolsculpting uses advanced fat freezing technology to create a sculpted body outline designed to turn heads. The non-surgical, non-invasive procedure is a perfect alternative to liposuction for patients with less fat issues or who shy from surgery.

CoolSculpting is a comfortable way to eliminate fat pads. Many of our patients bring a book, watch Netflix or take a nap during treatment.

Breast Surgery

Breast surgeries like augmentation or a lift are designed to provide youthful, vivacious breasts which add confidence and body self-esteem. Breast augmentation brings balance, firmness and optimal size and shape to the bust line while a breast lift will elevate the breasts to a perky youthful position.

Brazilian Butt Lift

This procedure lifts your tush so you can feel sexy in the sleekest dresses and tightest jeans. Your summer wardrobe will not include loose-fitting clothing designed to hide what you have, but rather the most stylish outfits for summer wear.

The Brazilian butt lift will increase projection and improve your overall body profile making you look feminine and sexy.


Cellfina is an FDA approved cellulite treatment product with long-lasting, clinically proven results.  The traditional methods of radiofrequency, laser treatment, lotions and topical creams have had sporadic results at best.

This in-office cellulite treatment takes about a half hour and provides initial results within three days, gradually improving over two to three months.

Laser Hair Removal

Prepare for this summer with the need for little hair removal maintenance. The ProWave laser provides permanent hair removal results so you can reveal a soft, smooth skin every time you go to the beach or wear your favorite shorts.

Instead of shaving, tweezing, waxing or plucking, try this revolutionary treatment for effective but gentle hair removal for the chin, back, bikini line, legs or underarms. Patient results vary, and multiple treatments may be necessary for permanent results.

Skin Rejuvenation

Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery offers Laser Genesis, an innovative Yag laser treatment for non-ablative skin rejuvenation. This procedure resolves common skin issues like uneven texture, redness, large pores, scars, and wrinkles providing a healthy skin glow.

It delivers consistent high energy pulses to skin tissue, heating, and targeting multiple skin layers. You will enjoy the relative comfort of the procedure with best results after a series of five treatment sessions.

Laser Genesis is available for all skin types but ideal for light to medium skin tones.

Learn More

If you want to learn more about preparing for your summer events with cosmetic procedures, reach out to Dr. Dreyfuss today.

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