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Your facial structure is unique, as is the way in which time and gravity have affected your skin and tissue. A facelift in San Jose performed at Cheng Plastic Surgery, will be custom-tailored for you. The procedure can help reestablish definition in the jawline, reduce midface sagging, and combat drooping jowls. As double-board certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Jacqueline T. Cheng and Dr. Elbert T. Cheng use several of the most advanced, cutting-edge techniques available today. The first step is a private consultation to determine which surgical approach will produce the most attractive results for you.

What is a facelift?

A facelift is the most comprehensive treatment for facial aging. Our custom facelift in San Jose will smooth lines and wrinkles, correct jowls, and restore youthful definition at your jawline. A facelift, when performed with advanced surgical techniques, creates a refreshed, restored, and natural look, not overly tight or pulled. With doctors that are double board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as head and neck surgery, you can feel safe in your decision to choose Cheng Plastic Surgery, confident that you will receive top-of-the-line treatment.

A facelift can address the following:

  • Sagging skin
  • Creases, wrinkles and lines
  • Jowls
  • Double chin
  • Saggy cheeks
  • Loss of definition in the jawline

How is a facelift performed?

A facelift can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. During the procedure, the incisions are delicately hidden in the hairline, inside the ear, or in some cases, under the chin. With a correctly performed surgery and healthy healing, the incisions should be virtually invisible. Excess skin and fatty tissue are removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened and reshaped, if necessary. The skin is then meticulously replaced and sutured for a more youthful look.

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What are the different types of facelifts available?


The SMAS technique involves restoring the youthful position of the underlying muscles and fascia, called “plication,” or lifting the underlying layer upward and back, called “imbrication.” Of these two techniques, Dr. Elbert and Dr. Jacqueline prefer and most often perform the “plication” technique, as the outcome of this approach tends to be more significant and longer-lasting. The incisions around the ear are shorter than in older facelift techniques, with faster healing and limited scarring.

Deep plane

Another surgical technique, called a deep plane facelift, involves a very short scar. A deep plane facelift creates a more significant lift, which may be needed. No matter what type of facelift technique we recommend, you can be assured it is the method that will achieve the most beneficial and natural result. We want you to feel and look like yourself – only rejuvenated!

Mini facelift

A mini facelift addresses moderate signs of aging in the lower portion of the face in specifically targeted areas. It typically comes with less downtime and discomfort and is less costly. Incisions are placed inconspicuously within the hairline.


An S-lift procedure is a version of the mini facelift that can help combat mild sagging in the face and neck. It addresses the lower third of the face and is performed with an S-shaped incision to separate the top layer of skin from the underlying tissues and muscles.

Mid facelift

Like its name suggests, a mid facelift addresses the middle of the face and is also called a cheek lift. Incisions are made above the ears or within the mouth to produce cosmetic improvements in the area between the mouth and the eyes.

What are the benefits of facelift surgery?

  • A more youthful, well-rested appearance
  • Correction of facial sagging, lines and wrinkles
  • Improved definition in the jawline
  • Reduction in jowling
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • A better first impression
  • Natural-looking outcome

Before & After Facelift Surgery in San Jose

View before & after images performed by Dr. Elbert and Jacqueline Cheng.

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Am I a candidate for a facelift?

Our double board-certified facial plastic surgeons will spend time with you to understand your aesthetic goals and will evaluate your facial skin and tissue carefully to determine the most effective surgical plan. If you are in good general health and do not have a medical condition or illness that could put you at risk in surgery, you are likely a candidate for a custom facelift.

What is recovery like after a facelift?

You will be able to go home within a few hours of your facelift surgery at our San Jose practice and must be driven home and supervised for 24 hours by a competent adult friend or family member. Our Patient Care Coordinator also offers her own at-home care service for our patients post-surgery at an additional cost.

There will be some bruising, numbness, tightness, and discomfort for up to ten days. While swelling will take a little bit longer to disappear, it quickly fades. You will have pain medication for the early stages of healing. You may find it more comfortable to sleep upright in a reclining chair for a few nights to keep the swelling to a minimum. Once comfortable sleeping in bed, it is best to keep your head elevated on extra pillows.

Most people take about one to two weeks off from work after a facelift. Sports and exercise, other than gentle walks, must be avoided for several weeks.

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Facelift FAQ

When will I be able to go back to my social life?

You should look and feel well enough to go out and share your new look within about two weeks, although this may vary from patient to patient.

How long before a special event should I plan my surgery?

If you have a wedding, reunion, special event, or similar engagement, plan your surgery at least two months before the event, so you are looking your best.

Can a facelift be combined with other procedures?

Yes, definitely! A facelift can be well paired with blepharoplasty, a brow lift, or a neck lift. It can also be combined with non-surgical procedures such as botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, microneedling, or laser therapy.

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Practice Policy Update from Cheng Plastic Surgery Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021:

We are open!

We cannot wait to see all of our amazing patients in our office! We are currently working with a more limited schedule than before, so please be patient as we navigate through this, together.

There are a few key changes we’ve made to our appointment protocol to ensure we are maintaining social distancing and following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols - for you AND for us.

  1. Call our office from your car once you’ve arrived for your appointment. A staff member will come out to greet you, take your temperature and conduct a short COVID-19 health screening to make sure you are in good health prior to entering the building. Our doors will remain locked during normal business hours to ensure only those who have been screened can enter.
  2. Please arrive at your appointment wearing a mask or protective face covering. We will not be able to bring you inside the office without one.
  3. We will not have more than one patient in the lobby at a time.
  4. You will be greeted by Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline wearing their Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your specific treatment. (N95 mask, gloves, face shield or protective eyewear, etc.) We ask that you leave your mask on during the procedure, and only take it off if necessary to complete the treatment.
  5. All necessary transactions will be done in the room your treatment is being performed. This will avoid unnecessary back ups in the lobby.
  6. You will then be walked out through the back door of the office. This is the best way to keep all staff and patients socially distanced while maintaining one steady flow of traffic throughout the building.

And of course, all rooms will be heavily disinfected immediately after you leave just as we have always done prior to the pandemic. Each room is equipped with an air filter as an added safety measure. We will place a major focus on high-contact areas such as chairs, doorknobs, counter tops, mirrors and more.

We are still continuing to conduct Virtual Consultations if you prefer a quicker and no-contact experience.

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For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that you reschedule your appointment and do not enter our office with any of the following conditions:

  1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You traveled more than 150 miles or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in the last 10 days.
  4. You are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • sore throat
    • loss of taste or smell
    • nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting

Concerned about getting the Moderna vaccine after having recently received filler treatment? In some studies, it has been observed that a small percentage of the vaccinated groups experienced localized inflammation (swelling) after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In said cases, all studied reactions were temporary immune responses. It has been suggested that patients refrain from getting filler two weeks before and after the vaccine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office!

Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see you again!

Kindest Regards,,

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery

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