Dr. Steven H. Dayan

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Dr. Steven Dayan, a facial plastic surgeon, University of Illinois professor, and researcher, has published over 180 articles in medical journals and has authored 6 books. He is a NY Times and USA TODAY Best Selling Author. His accolades include the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Leadership Award and a perennial “Top Doc” recognition by numerous organizations, including Castle Connolly and U.S News & World Report, as well as being ranked the #1 Aesthetic Physician in the USA by the peer-voted Aesthetic Everything.

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Dr. Steven H. Dayan

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Fellowship - Facial Plastic Surgery, Indiana University / Preceptor-Stephen W. Perkins M.D. Department of Otolaryngology.
Indianapolis, Indiana

Residency - University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Chief Resident.
Chicago, Illinois

Internship - University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Surgery.
Chicago, Illinois

Medical School - University of Illinois at Chicago.
Chicago, Illinois – M.D.

College - Washington University.
St. Louis, Missouri – B.A.

High School - Niles West High School.
Skokie, Illinois


Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety Delegate
American Academy for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Adjunct Professor
DePaul University, Chicago IL Spring
2010- Present

Clinical Assistant Professor Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of Illinois,
July 1999 – Present

Fellowship Director, University of Illinois, Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Facial Plastic Surgery
2018- Present

Instructor of Clinical Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Indiana University Medical School.
July 1998-June 1999


Fellowship Director, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

U.S. Medical Director, MedSpa Partners 2022- Present
Board of Directors, MedSpa Partners 2022-Present

Board Member, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Enhance Educational Foundation: Founder, President, Executive Director
A non-for-profit 501(c)-3 organization dedicated to promoting education to underprivileged students.

DeNova Research: Founder and President
A comprehensive clinical research company that provides clinical drug and device development and product evaluation.

True University: Founder and Medical Director
An educational academy dedicated to teaching professional skin care.

Chicago Public Schools
Advisory board member medical and health career academy June 2006

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
  • American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons (ASDS)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • The Rhinoplasty Society
  • Fellow, The Institute of Medicine of Chicago
  • American Medical Association
  • Chicago Medical Society
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois
  • DePaul University Adjunct Professor
  • Founder and Co-Director Thriving in Aesthetics Medical Education Platform
  • Director Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Annual meeting
  • Director AMWC North America Annual meeting
  • US Director and Scientific Committee AMWC
  • Steering Scientific Committee IMCAS Annual meeting
  • Credentialing Committee American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Chief medical editor: Modern Aesthetics Magazine
  • Non-surgical Editor Facial Plastics Surgery Aesthetic Medicine
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Midwestern University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Rosalind Franklin University

Dr. Steven H. Dayan


Dr. Steven Dayan, a luminary in facial plastic surgery, stands at the crossroads of innovation and education in Chicago. His exceptional journey weaves through surgery, academia, and literary achievement. As a New York Times and USA TODAY Best Selling Author, Dr. Dayan's voice resonates beyond the operating room through over 180 published journal articles and six influential books.

His work has garnered prestigious accolades, including the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Leadership Award and “Top Doc” recognition from esteemed bodies like Castle Connolly and U.S. News & World Report. A true pioneer, Dr. Dayan extends his expertise to the entrepreneurial world, founding a medical research company, a medical marketing company, a skincare training center, and a medical education company. His ventures consistently place him at the forefront of aesthetic innovation, product development, and educational excellence.

Dr. Dayan's professional memberships in elite societies like ASAPS, AAPFRS, and ASDS, his leadership roles within the Facial Plastic Surgery Society, and his editorial contributions to top medical journals highlight his esteemed position in the medical community. His best-selling book, Subliminally Exposed, springs from his popular undergraduate course, The Science of Beauty and Its Impact on Culture and Business, showcasing his prowess as an engaging educator and a thought leader. Known for his dynamic keynote speeches and deep understanding of human behavior, Dr. Dayan is celebrated for his relentless quest for knowledge and ability to challenge medical norms with his insightful perspectives.

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The Artist Behind the Surgery: Dr. Steven H. Dayan, MD

Behind the precision of his surgical craft, Dr. Steven H. Dayan reveals himself as more than a surgeon; he is an artist whose canvas is the human visage. For Dr. Dayan, the world of cosmetic surgery is not just a scientific field but a place where art and passion intertwine. His impressive medical qualifications are only part of his story. His artistic flair, honed in the quiet hours of nighttime sculpture classes, sets him apart as a true sculptor of beauty.

The scalpel moves with the same grace and intention as a painter's brush in Dr. Dayan's hands. He masterfully merges the rigor of scientific precision with a deep, artistic sensibility, crafting results that resonate with the essence of beauty. These outcomes are not just scientifically sound but masterpieces of aesthetic expression.

His approach to facial aesthetics is like that of a careful conservator restoring a priceless painting. Dr. Dayan is dedicated to maintaining natural facial balance and symmetry, ensuring that the results of his work are impactful yet subtly refined, far removed from any hint of excess. His signature technique, the Subliminal Difference, epitomizes this philosophy.

Over 18 months, this non-surgical journey gently redefines one's appearance, highlighting the eyes and harmonizing with the innate standards of beauty nature has bestowed upon us. In Dr. Dayan's skilled hands, the art and science of beauty merge seamlessly, leading to transformations that are as striking in their authenticity as they are in their elegance.

The Author and Thought Leader

Dr. Dayan's fusion of artistic vision with medical expertise extends to his prolific writing and public speaking. He is not just a surgeon but a professor, researcher, and philanthropist with a reach extending far beyond the operating room. He is a visionary, delving into the depths of beauty, not just through surgery but through a lifelong dedication to learning and societal improvement.

His book Subliminally Exposed explores the subconscious motives behind human interaction, framed as beauty or attraction. This work amalgamates evolutionary biology, psychology, and plastic surgery, offering a riveting and insightful read.

Beyond the Obvious is a compilation of aphorisms, short stories and philosophical writings that will bend the reader’s mind and leave one desiring for more. It is best enjoyed during a time of reflection accompanied by a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Instant Beauty simplifies non-surgical cosmetic procedures, providing a practical guide for anyone navigating these options.

Thrive goes behind the scenes of cosmetic medicine practice, offering marketing strategies for medical professionals, while Drive: The Power of Execution shares success strategies for physicians and business owners.

In Keys to Success, Dr. Dayan encapsulates his holistic view on practice management and marketing.


The Professor and Educator

Dr. Steven H. Dayan firmly believes in the power of continuous education. His commitment to this ideal is evident in his practice, which offers diverse educational opportunities. Catering to learners at various stages of their journey – from high school students to post-graduates – he demonstrates a genuine dedication to spreading knowledge and inspiring future generations.
As a national educator, Dr. Dayan has significantly impacted thousands of physicians and paramedical professionals. His teachings on the latest developments in cosmetic medicine have helped shape the careers of many in the field. Dr. Dayan also participates as a Master Class Faculty instructor at The International Institute of Aesthetic Medicine, he continues to be a source of inspiration and guidance. In this role, he shares his extensive experience in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic techniques. Tens of thousands of students have gained insights into natural phenomena and scientific studies guiding aesthetics.
More than just a skilled surgeon, Dr. Dayan is a mentor and educator at heart. His passion for teaching and commitment to nurturing the next wave of medical professionals exemplify his profound dedication to advancing aesthetic medicine.

Dr. Steven H. Dayan offers a unique blend of artistic and scientific perspectives at DePaul University through his course, The Science of Beauty. This innovative class delves into the science behind attraction, exploring principles that have influenced Dr. Dayan’s own cosmetic techniques. Hundreds of students have gained insights into natural phenomena and scientific studies guiding aesthetics.

Reflecting the significant growth in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, as reported by ASAPS, there is a rising demand among professionals to learn these techniques, especially from those catering to patients aged 35 to 50 who prefer minimally invasive treatments with quick recovery times.
Dr. Dayan offers a range of educational formats for professionals eager to integrate non-surgical procedures into their practice or those seeking to refine existing skills. He frequently lectures internationally and hosts Preceptorships at his state-of-the-art facility in downtown Chicago.

Dr. Dayan’s Preceptorship program is a sought-after educational experience for physicians. Monthly sessions allow two to four doctors to observe Dr. Dayan performing various in-office procedures, including Botox® and Restylane® treatments, laser treatments, peels, and laser hair reduction. These interactive sessions include discussions and direct engagement with Dr. Dayan in a relaxed, conducive learning environment. He also encourages participation from PAs, Medical Assistants, or Estheticians from the attendees' practices.

Dr. Steven Dayan transforms the stage into a dynamic arena of learning and inspiration in the medical cosmetic field. His reputation as a dynamic keynote speaker is built on his ability to captivate audiences at workshops, symposiums, and conferences worldwide. Dr. Dayan's lectures are more than informative; they are a lively blend of energy and profound insight, appealing to diverse audiences, both medical and non-medical. His skill lies in demystifying complex scientific concepts, making them accessible and captivating to every listener, regardless of their background in medicine.

In founding True U Education, Dr. Dayan has created a beacon of learning for esthetic students and professionals. This advanced educational platform pioneered one of the first recognized Master’s programs for licensed estheticians and is at the forefront of blending traditional esthetics with the innovative demands of cosmetic medical practices. True U Education is not just about teaching; it's an immersive experience that equips learners with a deep understanding of esthetic services' role and potential within modern medical settings.

Thriving in Aesthetics, led by Dr. Steven Dayan and Dr. Sabrina Fabi, is an educational platform that provides the highest quality, evidence-based, and ethical education in aesthetic medicine. The program is designed for physicians and healthcare providers, focusing on patient-centered care. The content includes a series of episodes and webinars covering various topics in cosmetic medicine, emphasizing the latest techniques, safety protocols, and industry innovations. For more detailed information about Thriving in Aesthetics, please visit www.thrivinginaesthetics.com.

Internship and Professional Development Opportunities with Dr. Steven H. Dayan

Dr. Dayan has established partnerships with leading paramedical and esthetic institutions in the Chicagoland area, creating unique internship opportunities. These programs are designed for medical residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioner students, and esthetic interns from affiliated educational institutions. Under Dr. Dayan's mentorship, participants gain hands-on experience in practice management, cutting-edge medical technologies, and various non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Esthetic interns also delve into facial treatments and product knowledge within a medical practice setting. Interns are expected to demonstrate exceptional commitment, with programs lasting several weeks to months.

Affiliated institutions include Robert Morris University, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine, Midwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Pivot Point International Academy, and Chicago College of Medicine. For more information on internships, contact 312.335.2070.

Dr. Dayan’s practice extends internship opportunities to pre-medical high school and university students. These internships offer insights into medicine as a career. Affiliations include Chicago Public Schools, Dunbar, Julian, and Sullivan. Interested students can call 312.335.2070 for more details.

Dr. Dayan’s practice also assists in professional placements, connecting qualified physician assistants, nurses, and estheticians with medical practices. Graduates of internships trained and evaluated by Dr. Dayan are highly sought after in the cosmetic medicine field.

The Traveler: Dr. Dayan’s Global Insights

“The secret benefit to travel is how much it opens my mind to different cultures and aesthetics. It prompts me to think differently and more creatively about what I do and how I do it. Each time, I come back with a greater excitement and motivation for my patients and for surgery. I become a better person, a better doctor, and a better surgeon.” - Dr. Dayan