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

Why You Need To Know About Hyaluronic Acid

When it comes to facial filler injections, there is a common key ingredient across multiple brands and types: hyaluronic acid. While you may be familiar with the term, how much do you really understand about HA and how it works in your go-to filler?

The benefits of hyaluronic acid in terms of youthful skin rely on moisture and firmness. Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide (carbohydrate) that is naturally found in your body. This powerful agent acts as a moisture-binding ingredient within your skin. More specifically, large amounts of HA occupy the space between the skin cells. Your skin needs HA in order to support and hydrate elastin and collagen, the two most influential elements to youthful skin. When your skin has adequate amounts of HA, it is firm, moisturized and plump. Unfortunately, our body naturally loses hyaluronic acid as we age, often beginning as early as the 30’s. (more…)

Mohs Surgery Reconstruction: Putting Your Skin Cancer Behind You

Beverly Hills CA Plastic SurgeryIf you’ve recently been diagnosed with skin cancer, you are probably frightened and concerned. When the cancerous lesion is on your face, it can create even more anxiety, especially in regards to surgical removal. The good news is that Mohs surgery has proven to be a highly effective technique for removing skin cancer, as it conserves as much healthy tissue as possible. To further ease your fears, a skilled plastic surgeon can perform Mohs surgery reconstruction, ensuring that your face is repaired seamlessly, regardless of the size or depth of the cancer lesion.

Here are some quick facts about Mohs surgery to help you understand what your procedure will involve. (more…)

What Does a Neck Lift Involve?

Both men and women tend to experience unwanted changes in their neck and under chin area as they age. This can present itself as a “turkey wattle”, jowls, and extra submental fat. A neck lift is designed to recontour the neck and jaw line to give patients a more youthful and attractive profile. This is a highly sought after cosmetic procedure, especially for men. (more…)

How Kissable Are Your Lips?

Beverly Hills CA Lip EnhancementWith the romance of Valentine’s Day still lingering in the air, it is the perfect time to discuss your lips. While beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, there are some common lip traits that are considered more attractive than others. The shape, volume and definition of your lips can lure the opposite sex as well as make you look younger and even happier. (more…)

No More Skin Pulling. Understanding the Deep Plane Facelift

Facelifts have been around for decades. However, they were not always carried out with the superior “deep plane technique.” Today, patients simply need to find an experienced plastic surgeon who has perfected the deep plane facelift approach to realize its significant advantages over past methods.

What does “deep plane facelift” mean? (more…)

Botox: Before and After Instructions to Boost Your Results

Beverly Hills CA Botox InjectionsYou’ve decided to turn back the hands of time and try Botox. By now, you should’ve found an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon to carry out your treatment. This is the most important step, as not all “Botox providers” are created equal. In the hands of the wrong person, your Botox injections could produce far more harm than good, and/or be a waste of your time and money. (more…)

Could You Benefit From a Forehead Lift?

Beverly Hills CA Facial Plastic SurgeryAs we age, lines and deep creases form in areas of our face that make expressions on a daily basis. While smile lines and crow’s feet are common concerns, the aging process also significantly impacts the forehead. Deep creases and drooping tissues within the forehead can make a person look sad, angry and older than they really are.

Unfortunately, when collagen depletion and gravity take their toil on the forehead, the eyebrows and eyelids are greatly affected as well. The good news is that by surgically lifting the forehead, a dramatic improvement can be seen in the eyes and entire upper face.
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Microdermabrasion: A Fresh Start For Your Face

Beverly Hills CA Non-Surgical Facial TreatmentsThe New Year is an excellent time for a fresh start. Why not begin with your face? There is a simple, non-invasive “lunch hour” procedure that can effectively revitalize your facial appearance and turn back the hands of time. Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular non-surgical services that we offer at our Beverly Hills plastic surgery center. It essentially removes the dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin so that newer, fresher skin cells can rise to the surface.
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Reclaiming Desirable Lips

We know that the natural aging process can result in sagging tissues, diminished skin elasticity and loss of collagen and fat pads in the face. When considering the lips, these effects can be quite detrimental. To understand why aging lips are so undesirable, it is important to have a good grasp on what attributes make the lips attractive.

There are many features of the mouth that work together to create ideal, desirable lips. First and foremost, lips should have sufficient volume or be “plump.” They should also have a subtle upward turn at the outer corners. The lips look more attractive when there are no fine lines around them, such as smoker’s lines or marionette lines that occur from prolonged muscle use and sagging tissues. Finally, the lips should be smooth and have defined borders. This includes a visible “Cupid’s bow” on the upper lip. Unfortunately, all of these desirable lip traits are threatened as we age.
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Not Ready To Commit To Nose Job Surgery?

box-noseAre you interested in having a nose job but afraid to take the plunge? There are countless patients who are hesitant to go under the knife in order to have the nose they’ve always wanted. Whether it is the cost, recovery or permanent commitment that is causing you to shy away, there is a solution that can help you achieve a more attractive nose without surgery. At our plastic surgery center in Beverly Hills, we proudly offer non-surgical nose jobs as a less expensive and minimal downtime alternative to traditional rhinoplasty.
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