Michael R. Macdonald, MD

Michael R. Macdonald, MD

Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars from 13 reviews
500 Sutter St, Suite 430
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Specials and Deals

  • Offer 50% off consult when you mention RealSelf
  • Offer Nano Laser Peel with our Nurse (RN) only $149

Ratings based on 13 reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5.0 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5.0 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5.0 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5.0 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5.0 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5.0 out of 5 stars Payment process
5.0 out of 5 stars Wait times

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5 out of 5 stars

I wanted to enhance my eyes - Upper Eyelid Surgery - San Francisco, CA

Dr. M delivered the natural and professional look that I was looking for and is a great communicator, setting me at ease before, during and after the surgery

5 out of 5 stars Laser Treatment

Skintyte, Nano Laser Peel, Botox and Voluma - San Francisco, CA

1 out of 5 stars Laser Treatment

Skin Tightening & Safety - Seriously? - Bay Area, CA

5 out of 5 stars Photofacial

BBL and Botox - Fantastic Results! - San Francisco, CA

5 out of 5 stars Laser Resurfacing

I Can't Wait to See Dr Michael! - San Francisco, CA

5 out of 5 stars Liposuction

39 Y/o Male, Abdominal Liposuction, Partial Flanks, SUCCESS! New Flat Baseline Abs Ready for Fitness Reboot! - San Francisco, CA

This is my first major plastic surgery experience. Dr. Mcdonald really knows his stuff. He answered all my questions, and surgery was a breeze. He said I didn't need the laser lipo and regular lipo was just fine for my needs. I'll be referring my friend's his way! Nice office, friendly staff, and price is right compared to others.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Macdonald is Amazing!!! - San Francisco, CA

Dr Mac is one of the best service providers you will find. From the consultation, he had me hooked. He focuses on the most natural look and outcome for his client, and he delivers far beyond your expectations. I could not have made a better choice of Doctors.

5 out of 5 stars Non-Surgical Neck Lift

SkinTyte Face and Neck -San Francisco, CA

He took the time to listen to my concerns and recommended a skin tightening procedure. He explained in detail how it works best in a series of treatments so I fully understood the process and had a favorable outcome.

5 out of 5 stars

Couldn't Be Happier After Septorhinoplasty - San Francisco, CA

It's difficult to sum up Dr. Macdonald in a few short sentences, but I'll do my best. This is a doctor who is kind, gentle and compassionate as well as being a knowledgeable physician. He came highly recommended by a trusted source and put my fears and anxieties to rest when I met him for my consultation. He walked me through the procedure and patiently answered all my questions. I had a septorhinoplasty, with turbinate reduction and I couldn't be happier with the results. I had no idea breathing could and should be this easy! Dr. Macdonald also refined my bulbous tip into something that looks natural and beautiful. His bedside manner is something that other surgeons should study and practice, not to mention his skill, talent and eye for aesthetics. He has a calming presence and genuinely cares about patient comfort before surgery and during the recovery process. Look no further, you've found the right surgeon.

5 out of 5 stars

Great Results - San Francisco, CA

I had a Septorhinoplasty procedure and could not be happier with the results. I am able to breathe in a way that was not possible before the operation and the results look very natural. From the moment I sat down with him to discuss my options, I felt at ease. Every (and I mean every) question I had was answered before, during and after the procedure. He was never too busy to return a phone call or see me when I needed his advice. Dr. Macdonald's staff are also amazing. They made me feel comfortable and at ease throughout the whole journey and by doing so allayed my fears and anxieties. The entire experience has been an extremely positive one. Dr. Macdonald is an amazing surgeon and this combined with his caring beside manner ranks him number one in my book.

About Michael R. Macdonald, MD

Michael R. Macdonald, MD practices in San Francisco at Michael R. Macdonald, MD, FACS, FRCSC | MAC MD aesthetics as a Facial Plastic Surgeon, board certified by American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Macdonald began participating on RealSelf in 2010, and has achieved "Distinguished Member" status. The doctor has 19 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services, and is a member of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Macdonald has hospital affiliations at St Francis Memorial Hospital, Alameda County Medical Center.

Consultation Fee

$150. Mention RealSelf when scheduling

Treatments offered at Michael R. Macdonald, MD, FACS, FRCSC | MAC MD aesthetics

Blog Posts and Articles

Cosmetic Medicine Is About More Than Just Beauty & Vanity - It Can Be True Healing on Many Levels

As a San Francisco facial plastic surgeon of nearly 20 years, I have seen my share of extreme vanity and obsessiveness about aesthetic perfection. However, that is not the type of patient I typically attract as I have a reputation for taking a very natural-looking approach to cosmetic improvements. I have also been known to recommend to patients that they should have absolutely no cosmetic work done or less invasive procedures when I feel that's what's in their best interests. That said,...


It may be a bit unorthodox…and it will definitely make you LOL (laugh out loud), but don’t dismiss it until you’ve tried it. It really does work…albeit a temporary solution. To temporarily diminish puffy under-eye bags apply to the swollen area an over-the-counter hemorrhoid ointment such as Preparation H made by Pfizer. Various formulations of the product contain drugs such as phenylephrine, pramoxine, and hydrocortisone. Each of these ingredients works by constricting blood...

Rhinoplasty - The Science of Great Results

When consulting with a plastic surgeon who is well-versed in the intricacies of assessing the factors that lead to a favorable nose job outcome, you will likely be amazed at all that is considered. A well done, natural-looking rhinoplasty is not just about the size and shape of your nose. The type and quality of your skin must also be considered as it impacts how your nose will heal after rhinoplasty. Your nasal cartilage, and its inherent strength or weakness, also affects...

Get snoring relief with The Pillar® Procedure

I am a recognized leader and innovator in the treatment of snoring for patients in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. As a Diplomate of both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, I am quite familiar with alleviating obstruction of both oral and nasal airways to improve breathing...which can improve smell, taste, and sleep, while also reducing snoring. Obstruction in the...

Education / Training

Undergraduate: BA Psychology, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Medical: MD, Queen's University Medical School, Ontario, Canada
Internship: General Surgery, University of Toronto
General Surgery, Dartmouth College Hitchcock Medical Center
Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto
Fellowships: Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

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