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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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