Considering facial rejuvenation can be simultaneously exciting and scary. It’s exciting because you can look forward to regaining your youthful complexion with supple skin that brightens your morning mirror. However, you might feel intimidated by the thought of incisions, sutures, and an extended recovery.

Board-certified Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss has learned that a particular group of prospective patients want facial enhancement but are not quite ready for surgery. That’s why he offers Ultherapy, an excellent option for anyone who wants surgical results without the possible complications of surgery. This ultrasound-based treatment delivers controlled amounts of energy at a precise depth and temperature to bring optimal benefits to target areas.

Which treatment is better for your needs – a facelift or Ultherapy? Keep reading to learn more.

Facelift Basics

A facelift addresses the lower two-thirds of the face and neck, eliminating excess fat and skin and tightening underlying muscles. In addition, Dr. Dreyfuss can use endoscopic techniques and fat grafting to create a smoother, firmer, and younger facial complexion.

Facelift Candidates

The best way to learn if you are an optimal candidate for a facelift is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. However, if you are unhappy with how aging has impacted your face, you could be an excellent candidate for a facelift. With Dr. Dreyfuss’ modern techniques, he can address subtle to advanced signs of aging with long-lasting results.

Ultherapy Basics

Ultherapy is the first FDA-approved treatment that explicitly targets sagging skin without damaging adjacent tissue. It requires no anesthesia or incisions or sutures. Instead, Ulherapy uses ultrasound waves to boost healthy collagen production and reinforce facial structures for natural results.

Over the following six months, your skin will produce more collagen, which lifts and tones sagging skin from your forehead to decolletage. Most patients require one non-surgical Ultherapy session for successful results.

Ultherapy Candidates

The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for Ultherapy is to sit down with Dr. Dreyfuss for an initial consultation. Generally, the most qualified people to receive an Ultherapy treatment are patients with mild to moderate laxity who have recently begun noticing their skin looking and feeling less firm.

The Verdict

Ultimately, it’s your decision whether to get Ultherapy or a facelift to correct your aesthetic concerns. Though Ultherapy treats deeper skin layers, it cannot produce the dramatic results of a facelift. However, Ultherapy may be an excellent alternative, especially for those who aren’t ready for surgery or are only showing the earliest signs of aging. You may seek a facelift if you have more extensive cosmetic concerns only surgery can correct. Furthermore, facelift results are longer-lasting than what Ultherapy can provide.

While both procedures have pros and cons, they each reach a high satisfaction rate among patients with remarkable results. If you are considering either solution, you should always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon so you are informed about the entire process.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Dreyfuss in Orland Park today.

As we age, our facial appearance comes under attack. Outside influences like wind, cold, UV rays and pollution are forces that work against our youthful and supple skin. Also, a depletion of the natural proteins collagen and elastin decrease skin elasticity can cause drooping and sagging of the skin. Add these issues to the severe weather Chicagoans face year-round, especially during the winter months, and it’s easy to see why they are looking for skin tightening treatments and anti-aging regimens that work.

Surgical or Non-Surgical 

When facial wrinkles, folds, and fine lines emerge, there are options available to men and women who want to retain youthful skin.  A surgical facelift, while transformative, may involve certain risks as well as downtime and recovery. Although there are Chicagoans who require surgery to attain their cosmetic goals, for many, an invasive procedure is not necessarily the best approach. 

Dr. Dreyfuss offers non-surgical treatments like Facetite and Ultherapy for convenient, non-invasive treatments to our patients with little to no downtime. These procedures have great appeal for individuals who have little time for recovery or may not be ready for surgery.


This advanced skin tightening system is designed to address sagging facial skin without incisions. FaceTite is a fantastic alternative to a facelift that works safely in the subdermal plane to contour and contract skin tissues with radiofrequency technology. This groundbreaking technology helps firm the patient’s skin to restore a youthful appearance with no discomfort or downtime.

The key benefits of FaceTite treatments include:

  • Provokes tissue remodeling 
  • Focused treatments allow precision for targeted results
  • Dual temperature provides greater control compared to other systems 

FaceTite mirrors facelift results without excisional surgery.


Ultherapy® is an FDA-approved non-invasive skin tightening treatment that lifts the face, brow, chin, neck, and décolletage. Using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology, it targets underlying tissues to stimulate the production of collagen and promote youthful skin structure. This treatment has been established as safe and effective by clinical studies with more than 400,000 treatments worldwide.

Ultherapy results begin to emerge after two to three months and last up to one year. These benefits include:

  • Only treatment approved by the FDA for a non-invasive lifting of the skin on the neck, beneath the chin, and across the brow
  • Requires no downtime or recovery
  • Customizable to the patient’s particular skin issues

The chief benefit of Ultherapy is that it can turn back the clock on your appearance, giving you back your youthful glow.

Learn More

To find out how you can achieve youthful skin and a lift without the risks or downtime of surgery, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss today. 

If you would like more information on non-surgical, skin-tightening procedures, contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss, to schedule a consultation today.

Interested in Ultherapy? Dr. Dreyfuss created this infographic that contains helpful information about the Ultherapy procedure. By using advanced ultrasound technology to stimulate the production of collagen, Ultherapy gradually lifts and tightens loose and sagging skin. For more information, or to schedule an Ultherapy consultation, please contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery.

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