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 and San Ramon. Women and men from Stockton, Modesto, and around the Bay Area choose him for the attractive, natural-looking results he provides.
Facial rejuvenation procedures help patients take years off an aging appearance. Request a consultation online 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. You can also call us at (925) 967-2804 (San Ramon office) or (209) 834-0626 (Tracy office) to schedule an appointment.
Real Patients, Great Results
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This patient wanted to look younger and was pleased with the results of her facelift, which tightened sagging skin on her lower face and neck. See more details about her operation.
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 from Stockton, Modesto, and around the Bay Area because they want their appearance to reflect their youthful energy, or they feel that their wrinkles and sagging skin are making them look overly run-down.
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 modified version of the traditional facelift, 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.
Complete Your Facial Rejuvenation
Because the aging process often affects more than the lower face, Dr. McNemar often combines facelift with other facial rejuvenation procedures.
- 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.
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.
Your Facelift Procedure
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).
Traditional facelift incision
Mini facelift incision
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.
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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