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A facelift is not one size fits all procedure, there are several different types and techniques that can be employed. 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 for a custom facelift procedure.

What are the Different Facelift Surgery Techniques?


Dr. Elbert and Dr. Jacqueline use several facelift techniques, depending on the areas that need correction. The most common methods are to correct sagging on the muscle and fascia (connective tissue) layer (SMAS), beneath the skin. 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.” The technique that will lead to the most attractive look is selected based upon your level of facial aging, and how much change is needed.

Of these two techniques, Dr. Elbert and Dr. Jacqueline prefer and most often perform the “plication” technique, as the result of this approach is 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!

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You are unique in your facial structure, and how 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. Take the first step and private consultation to determine which surgical approach will produce the most attractive results for you.

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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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