Facelift

The trouble with youth is that it doesn’t last forever. And as we age, our faces inevitably begin to wrinkle and sag. A skilled plastic surgeon can provide a more youthful look in a way that appears natural. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas McNemar is a facelift specialist in Tracy. Women and men from Pleasanton, Modesto, and beyond choose him for the attractive, natural-looking results he provides.

Request a Consultation online or you can call us at (209) 834-0626 (San Ramon office) or (925) 967-2804 (Tracy office) to schedule an appointment.

Facelift Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Facelift Case 115 Before & After Left Side | San Ramon & Tracy, CA | McNemar Cosmetic Surgery
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Facelift for a 50 year old female patient.
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This is a before and after photo of a 50-year-old female patient who received a Facelift procedure by Dr. McNemar.  These photos were taken 6 weeks after the procedure and the patient will come in again at 6 months to review final results. Read More
Facelift Case 117 Before & After Front | San Ramon & Tracy, CA | McNemar Cosmetic Surgery
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Facelift Case 12 Before & After View #1 | San Ramon & Tracy, CA | McNemar Cosmetic Surgery
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Patient complained of looking old and having extra skin in her neck, 2 months after her face lift she is very happy with her results.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Are You a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Our faces all show signs of aging at different rates. Genetics and lifestyle both play an important role in the aging process. Good candidates for a facelift are in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and share many of the following characteristics:

  • Sagging skin on the jawline
  • Deep nasolabial folds
  • Lost facial volume in the cheeks
  • Loss of muscle tone, resulting in jowls
  • A double chin caused by loose skin and excess fat under the chin
  • Creases and bands in the neck

Many people visit Dr. McNemar for facelift surgery because they want their appearance to reflect their youthful energy, or they feel that their wrinkles and sagging skin are making them look rundown.

Patient Stories

Amie’s weight had been steadily increasing until she underwent a successful gastric bypass procedure. Left with sagging skin on her body and face, she turned to Dr. Thomas McNemar to help her reveal the features she’d worked hard for. Read about her transformation in her real patient story.

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What Are Some Benefits of a Traditional Facelift?

Facelift is one of the most popular procedures at McNemar Cosmetic Surgery, and for good reason. Here’s what it can do for you:

Turn Back the Clock

One big reason that men and women choose a facelift is to regain their youthful complexion. It’s not uncommon for Dr. McNemar’s patients to send him thank you notes or tell him during follow-up visits how surprised they are to get comments like, “You look 5 years younger!” And unlike the results from injectable dermal fillers, this improved appearance lasts many years.

Improve Your Facial Contours

A number of our patients appreciate that their facelift surgery can restore their facial contours and improve the appearance of their lower eyelids and cheeks. Dr. McNemar can create a more attractive and defined jawline contour by eliminating jowls and tightening portions of the neck. For the most dramatic contouring effect, Dr. McNemar combines facelift with facial liposuction.

Repair Sagging Skin and Tissue

Age and gravity conspire to pull our faces downward. In some cases, it may seem that drooping is limited to the outer layers of the face, but most patients also have some degree of sagging in the tissue structures underlying the face as well. With a facelift, Dr. McNemar tightens the face from the inside out, restoring a toned look from the facial muscles, fat, and connective tissue outward to your skin.

A Reputation Built on Results

You deserve the highest caliber of service, care, and results, and at McNemar Cosmetic Surgery, we're committed to providing all that and more. But don't take our word for it—see for yourself what our actual patients have to say about their experiences with us.

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5.0/5
Nov 10, 2021
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Love love love my new breast! Since, my first consultation I felt confident about his experience. Dr. McNemar was very attentive to my needs and questions. He was direct and honest. Not to mention his great reviews on YELP, Real Self website and Google I was confident about his great work. I had a breast augmentation in late April, 2021 and since then, I cannot feel happier with my body. I always recommend his work. In addition, I love the goodie bag given prior my surgery :). Thank you!!
Vitals
5.0/5
Oct 29, 2021
Vitals McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
So happy with the results.
Vitals
5.0/5
Oct 27, 2021
Vitals McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I am thrilled with my new look. Everyone especially Dr. Mcnemar was great to work with and made the experience more enjoyable.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Oct 26, 2021
HealthGrades McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I felt very at ease and comfortable.
Vitals
5.0/5
Oct 25, 2021
Vitals McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I had tummy tuck and Lipo I love my results there was no pain after my surgery.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Oct 25, 2021
HealthGrades McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Everything about my experience was amazing Dr. McNemar and staff were incredible !! My surgery was life changing and I am glad I chose Dr. McNemar.
Vitals
5.0/5
Oct 24, 2021
Vitals McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Super fast office team kind Dr. McNemar I am beyond thrilled with his work.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Oct 23, 2021
HealthGrades McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Everyone was super friendly and helpful, would definitely recommend to family and friends.
Vitals
5.0/5
Oct 22, 2021
Vitals McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
It was a very good experience with the Dr.McNemar and the follow up nurse.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Oct 22, 2021
HealthGrades McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I am very pleased with my overall results and would highly recommend.
RateMDs
5.0/5
Feb 13, 2021
RateMDs McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Happy, Satisfied, will referre! Best decision, worth driving the 64 miles one-way. And he has humor!
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5.0/5
Feb 10, 2021
RateMDs McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Very pleased with my surgery, and the outcome. The surgery itself went smooth and expected. Doctor very pleasant and nice. Staff nice as well.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Jan 9, 2021
HealthGrades McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
First off my procedure is not done until 1/20/21! Up until now I want to say that the Dr. Mc Nemar made me feel so comfortable. He was patient and kind as well as informative to all my questions. This is not my first cosmetic procedure. I have done my homework with what I am about to have done. I want to say that both Jasmin and Nash the office staff have always had a concern with all that I have come to ask and request. For that I would like to say thank you! Even today I received a call from Jasmin providing me with information that she did not have to provide. She went over and beyond and I wanted to acknowledge this. We as patients pay a lot of money and are faced with anxiety and many questions. When the office will provide you with all you need to make you comfortable that speak volumes. I am excited and can’t wait to have my procedure done with Dr Mc Nemar. I will come back I am sure with yet another testimonial of excellence. I have people that are waiting to see my results
Google
5.0/5
Dec 22, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Love this place very caring people patient on answering your questions doctor very nice highly recommend this place 1st time going here everything turned out great
Google
5.0/5
Dec 10, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I am here to review on the microdermabrasion facial service provided by Deborah. My skin was awful with break outs , aging and dull for few years. So I have finally made an initial visit with Deborah in nov.2020. she explained what she can help me with and what she will be doing throughout each step of the facial and was very happy to have an open discussion about other options to consider that would benefit a woman my age and my skin care concerns. It was a relaxing and pampering experience. My skin conditions has improved A LOT by just 3 visits and I had the procedure this afternoon. Skin looks plump and hydrated. I am feeling 10 yrs younger and feeling fantastic. The ladies working reception & check out were pleasant & friendly. My experience at this Tracy office was extremely satisfying and I would highly recommend Deborah for any skin/facial service you are considering. Thanks Deborah & staffs at Dr. McNemar! From Lily
Google
5.0/5
Dec 1, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Dr McNemar is A great plastic surgeon. Would recommend him to any family and friend. Love the results.
Google
5.0/5
Nov 19, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I have gotten two facials with Deborah and cannot tell you how fantastic she is. No one has gotten my skin to glow like she has in just two visits.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Nov 12, 2020
HealthGrades McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Absolutely love Dr. McNemar and his entire staff. They have gone above and beyond to take care of me. He is a perfectionist, kind and always listens to all your concerns. I would highly recommend him. He is the best!!!!
Google
5.0/5
Nov 11, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Dr. McNemar is great i had lipo & tummy tuck 2 weeks ago & he did a great job & his staff is awesome & very helpful
Google
5.0/5
Nov 10, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Me experience was completely flawless. From calling to schedule an appointment to my post op. Dr. McNemar has the best bedside manner, he made me feel totally comfortable. His office staff was always extremely nice and professional.

What Is a Mini Facelift?

A modified version of the traditional facelift, the mini facelift may be appropriate for patients with good skin tone and elasticity who need minimal lifting. Although the improvements from this procedure aren’t as significant as with a traditional facelift, the mini facelift offers several advantages:

  • Less extensive incisions
  • May be performed under local anesthesia
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Less expensive
  • Postpones the need for a full facelift

This procedure is well suited for younger patients with moderate signs of aging. It does not include rejuvenation of the neck.

Can a Facelift Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Because the aging process often affects more than the lower face, Dr. McNemar often combines facelift with other facial rejuvenation procedures, including:

  • Brow lift raises a heavy browline and smooths away horizontal forehead lines to help relax what can be perceived as a stern appearance.
  • Eyelid surgery reduces excess eyelid skin and pockets of fat for a more youthful, refreshed look.
  • Fat injections restore youthful fullness to the hollows around the eyes, as well as the cheeks and temples, using your own fat cells.
  • Laser skin resurfacing helps your skin look and feel smoother by treating fine lines and discoloration and spurring collagen production.
  • Buccal fat removal can also be incorporated into a facelift. “Buccal fat” is better known as cheek fat, and for people who are predisposed to chubby cheeks, it can be a real nuisance. Removing this fat creates a defined, contoured appearance.

During your consultation, Dr. McNemar will develop a customized treatment plan around the improvements you want and recommend whether one surgery or multiple procedures will be best.

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How Is Facelift Surgery Performed?

The concept of facelift surgery simply stretching the skin tighter to remove wrinkles is outdated. Advanced surgical techniques involve lifting and repositioning the muscles and tissue beneath the skin along the lower face and neck, in addition to removing excess skin. This is accomplished by “undermining,” or separating the muscle and tissue from the skin. Dr. McNemar customizes each facelift based on his assessment of the patient’s skin laxity and the amount of sagging in the mid-face and jowls.

Dr. McNemar typically performs facelift surgery as an outpatient procedure using local anesthetic. Some patients may have the procedure performed while under general anesthesia. When performing the traditional facelift, Dr. McNemar carefully makes incisions along the hairline, extending behind the ears, where they will be easily camouflaged or hidden by the hair (see illustration). A second incision under the chin sometimes may be necessary. Some patients with less advanced signs of aging may be good candidates for a limited-incision facelift, or mini facelift (see illustration).

Facelift incision locations

After elevating the underlying structures and repositioning them, he redrapes the skin to give your appearance a more youthful, healthy, and rested look. Fat may be removed, as well. In some cases, Dr. McNemar may add fat to restore volume to sunken areas, such as the cheeks. The goal is to look like a better version of yourself – not someone different.

Most patients are able to return home on the day of the surgery, although some prefer to take advantage of the extended stay unit.

What Is Facelift Recovery Like?

Each patient’s recovery following a facelift is unique. Dr. McNemar provides detailed postoperative instructions to enhance your comfort and shorten your downtime. Your face will be bandaged after the surgery, and prescription medication can help you minimize discomfort in the first few days.

Keeping your head elevated is important, as is getting plenty of rest. Dr. McNemar encourages patients to take short, slow walks to promote circulation, which helps minimize the risks of complications and enhances the healing process. Bruising and swelling should peak about a week after the procedure, with continual improvement thereafter.

You should be able to return to work within about 2 weeks, wearing makeup to cover any residual bruising. Dr. McNemar is happy to share more about the recovery process during your consultation, or you can learn more by reading our Facelift FAQ.

Within just a few weeks, you should be well on your way to enjoying a fresh new look. Incision lines should continue to refine and fade for up to 1 year. To minimize the appearance of scarring, it’s best to limit your direct sun exposure. There are also resurfacing techniques that can diminish scars even further, if you choose.

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