Ben Talei, MD
Board Certified.
Dual Fellowship Trained.
Facial Plastic Surgeon.

Awake and Painless Facelift

Contrary to popular belief, a mini facelift and a full facelift can both be performed using only local anesthesia and in no time at all when performed by the right surgeon. What’s even more unbelievable are the results you can achieve using Dr. Talei’s groundbreaking Modified Deep Plane Release Techniques for both mini and complete facelifts which have been televised internationally on E! News, calling this the “Secret Facelift of Hollywood.”

What is an Awake Facelift?

The old way of performing an Awake Facelift was to place several painful injections in the face only to pull and remove a minimal amount of skin in order to try and tighten the appearance of the face. The results have classically been short lived and not very impressive or natural with regards to facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Talei is able to perform a mini or complete facelift in minimal time using only local anesthesia. Most patients don't even feel the numbing medicine being placed, as Dr. Talei is able to discretely instill the medicine slowly and carefully. In fact, the majority of patients are so relaxed that they even fall asleep for parts of the procedure if not all of it. This avoids the need for a general anesthetic and drastically reduces recovery time for the patient.

The most effective and most commonly performed type of facelift at our practice is a Modified Extended Deep Plane Facelift. Either a SMART Lift or a Deep Plane Mini Facelift can be performed in no time and with no pain. These are groundbreaking methods for facial rejuvenation, which keep you looking like yourself but younger, livelier, and more refreshed. With these lifting techniques you can achieve the most natural and significant results imaginable in both the face and neck with no sign a procedure was ever performed. The majority of our patients’ family members only comment their new hairstyle or that they look more refreshed and well rested, all while the changes in the before and after photos are quite clear and impressive.

Is an Awake Facelift safe?

Almost all Facelifts performed nowadays are safe, more so when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon. An Awake Facelift is even safer, however, as it removes the need for a general anesthetic and reduces post-operative risk by reducing bruising and swelling. Many of our patients with either fear of anesthesia or risk due to other health problems elect to undergo an Awake Facelift when they would have avoided a procedure otherwise. The amount of local anesthesia used is no more than in a standard lift performed any other way.

Does an Awake Facelift have any pain during or after the procedure?

The simple answer to this is no! The injections are placed very carefully and in a sequential fashion so most patients don’t feel anything other than a little pressure or fullness from beginning to end. Rarely a patient will feel a tiny poke which is commonly described as being much more tolerable than an injection received at a dental office.

After the operation patients typically will feel some fullness and sometimes discomfort, but most get away without taking any pain medication at all.

What are the benefits to an Awake Facelift?

Since an Awake Facelift is performed only using local anesthesia, there is significantly less bruising and swelling associated with it. Since there is less bruising and swelling, the recovery is easier and more rapid for our patients. Many patients will go to lunch the same day and send messages from Rodeo Drive the next, especially when visiting from out of town.

A more appealing benefit for most patients is avoiding general anesthesia. Some patients choose to avoid general anesthesia due to fear of being put to sleep while others have other health issues that would preclude them from receiving general anesthesia for elective surgery. Others simply don't feel the need to receive a deeper anesthetic. The cost savings are also always a plus for all patients.

Am I a good candidate for an Awake Facelift?

Almost all patients are good candidates for an Awake Facelift. Dr. Talei has treated even the most anxious and restless of patients using this groundbreaking technique. Some patients fall asleep through the entire procedure while others choose to get to know Dr. Talei better. The amount of local anesthetic used is no more than typically used in other facelifts, so there is no increased risk. The only patients we deter from performing awake lifts are those undergoing multiple additional procedures or those with severe back problems.

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Based on 15 reviews

Peter S.
Literally one of the best facial plastic surgeons in the world. You will NOT regret being treated by this highly skilled professional. He's a mensch, too.
darci t.
I am absolutely ecstatic about my results!!!!!! I am a model and actress as well as an occasional TV host. I have been performing upkeep for my face and lips in Beverly Hills for years and I was convinced I was with the most talented and famous surgeons and dermatologists, but boy was I wrong! One visit with Dr. Talei and my life has changed. He clearly and quickly explained the slow imbalance which had happened in my lips and face over time and we planned for a lip lift procedure. I did this under local anesthesia with no pain at all! He's the ONLY surgeon who can do this with NO scarring. All other doctors I reviewed had scars on at least half their patients. Now all of my friends in plastic surgery and fashion compliment me much more and they have no idea what I had done. This man is AMAZING!!!!
Jennette C.
I went to Dr Talei for under eye filler using Restylane. Dr Talei was very thorough with each step in the process and made me feel very comfortable. The procedure was quick and painless! My under eyes have always been an insecurity for me and when I looked in the mirror after he was done I was beyond impressed with his work. I felt more confident and beautiful. I was able to leave his office and go right back to work! I highly recommend Dr Talei. He's friendly, has a lovely staff and truly cares about making his patients happy.
Lauren F.
My experience with Dr. Ben Talei was very positive. He answered all my questions prior to the procedure and made me feel very comfortable. Before meeting him, I had heard all the rave about his work, and I am so glad I went through with the visit. I was very insecure with my "eleven" deep wrinkles in between my eyebrows, he was very fast and clean with this procedure and I couldn't be more grateful for this minor adjustment that has brought me a major confidence boost. Thank you Dr. Talei
Bryan B.
Ben is a skilled professional. I would have no hesitation recommending Ben and his team to my friends or family. He is passionate about his work and this passion shows in the exceptionally high standard of care that he provides to his patients (both in his practice and in his humanitarian work). You’re in good hands with Ben and his staff!
Danielle B.
I used to see Dr Ben in New York and now I fly to LA to see him. I have no room for error and he is absolutely the only plastic surgeon I trust. Everyone else seems to be out for money. Every time I'm in his waiting room all I hear is praises and how he's the greatest. I completely agree. He's the most talented surgeon I've ever seen. It's worth the flight
Kelly H.
I have worked in health care in Los Angeles for over 20 years and have always hesitated in referring plastic surgeons to my clients. Dr. Ben Talei, MD is in a class of his own. I am so pleased to be able to refer to Dr. Talei without hesitation, and consistently receive outstanding feedback on him. Dr. Talei brings a wealth of experience and exceptional skill, along with cutting edge techniques to his practice. Not only does Dr. Talei excel in every facet of care, but he has also cultivated a warm, kind and patient bedside manner that is second to none. Dr. Talei's office is a dynamic patient focused environment, I urge you to visit him!
Holly K.
Ben is amazing! Was my first time getting botox and it was virtually painless. Marks were gone in minutes. Thanks Ben you're the best!!!