Facelift FAQ

Women and men considering facelift surgery from Pleasanton, Dublin, and other cities near our offices in San Ramon and Tracy, CA, 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.
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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, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Dublin, 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.

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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!
RateMDs
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.
Google
5.0/5
Nov 4, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Dr. Thomas has been an amazing doctor for me I always make sure I am safe and comfortable never judges me on how I feel with my anxiety I want to thank him very much for all he has done I’ve gotten a tummy tuck extended brachioplasty and soon breast reduction with a breast lift thank you Dr. for always understanding I know I could be difficult sometimes with indecisive decisions that I make but this man will always be by your side and listen to your concerns and what you want extremely amazing doctor and stuff
Google
5.0/5
Oct 29, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I had an amazing experience at McNemar Cosmetic surgery. His staff was very helpful and made me feel really comfortable. Dr. McNemar's beside manners is the best!! He made sure i was well informed about my post op care, he called to check on me the day after my surgery which was very generous. Flor, the Medical assistant helped me with questions about after care and was very sweet. Nash, was great at fitting me in with my appointments and worked around my work schedule. Deborah, the patient care coordinator was such a sweetheart she made me feel important. She worked and helped me meet my needs. Very satisfied with my results! I definitely recommend him!
Google
5.0/5
Oct 29, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I could not be happier with the choice I have made to have Dr. McNemar and his Team take care of me throughout the entire process from consultation, surgery and now skin care. I am both blessed and grateful for the amazing experience 🙂 Dr. McNemar TRULY cares for his patients and goes above and beyond to make you feel safe and secure before during and after your treatment Thank you Dr. McNemar and your entire staff!!
Google
5.0/5
Oct 26, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Just got a bbl here! And the staff was super friendly and makes you feel beyond comfortable the whole time and I love my results so far I’m two weeks post surgery today ! Definitely recommend!
Google
5.0/5
Oct 25, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Dr McNemar is the best plastic surgeon! His work and bedside manner makes him number one in my in my opinion. More Dr should aspire to be more like him,, Athena
Google
5.0/5
Oct 17, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Great surgeon, excellent bedside manner, extremely professional, the staff are amazing. Highly recommend him.
Vitals
5.0/5
Oct 7, 2020
Vitals McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Dr. McNemar preformed an abdominoplasty because I wanted to get rid of my 'mommy bulge' after 2 c-sections. He is a good communicator, has excellent bedside manner and answered all of my questions which eased my anxiety. More importantly, the results are amazing and the recovery wasn't bad at all. The first 2-3 days are the hardest but I got better and better each day. I feel more confident and fit into my clothes so much better than before. Thank you Dr. McNemar!
RateMDs
4.5/5
Sep 23, 2020
RateMDs McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Best thing I have ever had done -life changing- Great experience, would recommend to anyone thinking of having a reduction.
Google
5.0/5
Aug 31, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
can someone tell me how much is the mommy makeover???????
Google
4.0/5
Aug 12, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Had a breast reduction 7/31/20. Very happy with Dr McNemar and the results. What I’m not happy with is Flor who is very slow in submitting paperwork to EDD and my work to guarantee my job security. I’m still waiting on her as of today.

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 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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