Facelift FAQ

Women and men considering facelift surgery from Pleasanton, Modesto, and the surrounding San Francisco Bay area ask board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas McNemar many common questions. To help you prepare, this facelift specialist in Tracy collected some of those frequent questions on this page.

Facial rejuvenation procedures can take years off an aging appearance. Request a Consultation online at Dr. McNemar’s San Ramon or Tracy locations to learn about facelift surgery and receive $500 off a series of 3 skin resurfacing treatments using Portrait® PSR³, an innovative treatment that stimulates the skin’s natural regenerative process.
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What is a facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that tightens the skin in the mid-face region (the cheeks and jawline) to create a lifted and more youthful appearance. Facelift surgery is popular with both men and women who have experienced facial sagging and wrinkling.

Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

You may be a good candidate for a facelift procedure if you are unhappy with wrinkles and sagging skin on the lower half of your face. The ideal candidate for facelift surgery retains some degree of skin elasticity. Most facelift patients are men and women between the ages of 40 and 70.

How much does a facelift cost?

The cost for a facelift in Tracy, Pleasanton, Modesto, and throughout the area depends on a combination of factors. Here are a few:

  • The extent of correction you need
  • Whether you are having multiple procedures performed together
  • The type of anesthesia used

Given that you are electing to have a long-lasting transformation, Dr. McNemar encourages people considering any plastic surgery procedure to consider the surgeon’s qualifications and experience over price. By choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can be confident that your surgeon has extensive training and experience, specifically in both cosmetic and reconstructive techniques.

Qualified patients can also take advantage of our financing program to make costs more manageable.

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What is the right age for a facelift?

There is no minimum or maximum age for having a facelift. Instead, the most important considerations are the degree of facial aging and the patient’s health. In general, our facelift patients are in their 40s to 70s.

If you’re in your 40s, you may be a good candidate for a less-invasive mini facelift, with shorter incisions and a quicker recovery period than a traditional facelift. Patients in their 70s should be healthy enough to tolerate anesthesia, surgery, and recovery.

What can you do to help me look younger if I’m not ready for surgery?

Younger patients with early signs of aging, as well as those who do not want to have surgery, can refresh their look with a combination of minimally invasive treatments.

  • Dermal fillers and fat injections to fill in folds and wrinkles, and replace facial volume that diminishes over the years.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic injections smooth out lines across the forehead, between the eyebrows, and at the outer corners of the eyes (crow’s feet).
  • Laser skin resurfacing helps reduce fine lines, redness, and excess brown pigment, as well as firm the skin.

Can I expect permanent results from my facelift?

Results vary from person to person, but most facelift patients enjoy a smoothed and lifted facial appearance for at least 5 to 10 years. Keep in mind that while a facelift can take years off your appearance, it will not halt or reverse the aging process, so new wrinkles and drooping skin eventually will form. You can protect your results by using high-quality facial cleansers, maintaining a healthy weight and healthy diet, and remembering to wear proper sunscreen whenever outdoors.

How long before I can return to work?

Depending on the type of work you do, you should be able to get back to your workplace in about 10 to 14 days after surgery. You may have some residual bruising and swelling, but most people feel comfortable enough about their appearance to get back to their job at this point, especially if they use makeup and style their hair to camouflage incision sites. You may need to recover longer if your job involves strenuous activities.

Can I combine a facelift with other facial rejuvenation procedures?

Absolutely. Many of Dr. McNemar’s facelift patients choose other facial cosmetic surgery procedures such as eyelid surgery, brow lift, and chemical peel. At your consultation, Dr. McNemar will examine your face closely and discuss whether you could benefit from a combination of procedures. To learn more about facial rejuvenation, watch the news clip featuring Dr. McNemar below.

How long does a facelift procedure take?

Time in surgery often depends on the amount of surgical correction required and whether other procedures are being performed in addition to the facelift. Patients can expect their procedure to take between 2 to 6 hours.

Will a facelift make me look unnatural?

In the hands of an inexperienced surgeon, facelift surgery can create a very unnatural or “pulled” look to the face. Dr. McNemar is a highly-trained board certified plastic surgeon who understands that in most cases subtle surgical correction yields the best results. When you view his photo gallery, you will see that his patients are able to achieve a naturally enhanced facial appearance.

When considering a facelift, count on Dr. McNemar to achieve your desired results. Request a Consultation today and receive $500 off a series of 3 skin resurfacing treatments using Portrait® PSR³. Or, call (209) 834-0626 for our San Ramon office or (925) 967-2804 for our Tracy office to make your appointment.

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