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

Dr. Ben Talei

Academic Path

A native of California, Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Talei graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Physiological Sciences receiving both College and Departmental Honors. While studying at the University of Menedez Pelayo in Spain, Dr. Talei worked for the Sisterhood of Blood Donors and the Red Cross promoting blood donations in Andalucia, Spain.

He then received his Medical Degree at one of the nation’s top medical schools –University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (UCSD). Dr. Talei was nominated to the Gold Humanism Honor Society after having donated immense amounts of time and energy to the free clinic in San Diego along with other charitable foundations.

Dr. Talei then completed his residency training in Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University and Cornell University Medical Centers, New York Presbyterian Hospital. There he worked with the Greats of Facial Plastic Surgery included his primary mentor Dr. Steven Pearlman. He then served as Chief in his residency at Columbia and Cornell and served as a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center also in New York City.

Following his residency training, Dr. Talei became one of the only surgeons in the country to complete two separate fellowships in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. First he completed one of the most revered and prestigious fellowships in the country at the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. Simultaneously he offered his skills and training while serving as voluntary staff and teacher for the Resident Head & Neck Surgeons of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. Talei then furthered his training with Dr. Milton Waner at the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, a part of Lenox Hill and Manhattan Ear, Eyes and Throat Hospitals. There he treated the most rare and devastating Vascular Birthmarks & Congenital Anomalies while refining his techniques in Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery.

Integrated fully into the Beverly Hills community, Dr. Talei is a member of the Beverly Hills Health & Wellness Committee.  He is also on staff at UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.  Outside of the hospital, Dr. Talei is the Advisory Chair for the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA).

Dr. Talei is also an avid author and speaker. He has been invited to speak at national meetings and has contributed significantly to medical literature with his research and publications in medical journals and textbooks. His publications on Advanced Face and Neck Lifting Techniques and Revision Rhinoplasty are used to teach doctors nationwide.  As a sub-specialist in Deep Plane Facial Rejuvenation & Facelifting and Minimally Invasive Rhinoplasty, Dr. Talei frequently accommodates visiting surgeons in order to teach them more advanced surgical techniques. The Modified Upper Lip Lift is also a procedure pioneered and perfected by Dr. Talei as he performs more than any surgeon in the world.  He is most well known for his rapid healing times, very natural, long-lasting results and impeccable facial aesthetic. Dr. Talei has a dedicated expertise to the Face and has been featured on E! News, Fox, NBC, and Inside Edition amongst a host of other editorials.

Humanitarian Pursuits

Dr. Talei’s truest passion is connecting with and helping others. He considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world as much of the time he is able to help others with his medical and surgical skills, and enjoys operating more than anything else. Several times a year, he travels on various surgical missions to less fortunate countries in order to treat those patients who can’t receive the help they need. Dr. Talei has volunteered with Operation Smile, HUGS (Help Give Us Smiles), and Healing the Children on Cleft Lip & Palate and Microtia missions in Honduras, Ecuador, Vietnam, Guatemala and Colombia.

Another integral part of his daily life is helping others by fundraising. In order to support the Brad Kaminsky foundation, Dr. Talei set up a “Heroes for Hope Race” in Manhattan and Brooklyn, raising money for Brain Cancer Research. Later he established another charity with his brother - the Drive Against Domestic Violence. This is a car and driver based organization raising funds and awareness for two organizations he reveres and works with intimately - the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and the Face-to-Face Surgery Program of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery. The NCADV has noted that Dr. Talei has single-handedly raised more funds and awareness for the organization than any surgeon in their history. Dr. Talei furthered his efforts and outreach by offering supporters and abuse victims complementary Botox treatments, reconstructive and cosmetic in order to raise more money and awareness for the two organizations. He even organized a cross-country drive from New York to Miami to Los Angeles driving through 23 States in order to spread awareness through various events.

Accelerate 4 Change was established as well by Dr. Talei in order to simulataneously raise funds for the NCADV as well as Children Uniting Nations (CUN).  CUN supports orphaned children by providing guidance and resources to improve their future. Dr. Talei is also an original board member of the Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery (CRS) Program of the NCADV. This program expands its reach nationwide to help victims and surivors of domestic abuse acquire the resources they need for the injuries sustained. He is also an avid supporter and a board member of the Women Like Us Foundation, battling sex-trafficking and homelessness, while providing education.  During his first year practicing in Beverly Hills, the Mayor and City Council honored him with the "Step Up and Make a Difference" Certificate of Commendation in appreciation for his variety of works in the Beverly Hills community.  

Dr. Talei is an avid supporter of schools in Southern California, participating by teaching high school students and raising funds for both public and private schools through various auctions. He has also established a Young Heroes Scholarship wherein cosmetic surgial fees are donated directly towards medical school education for our young heroes.

Lifelong Interests

Although Dr. Talei loves the artistry and complexities of facial plastic surgery more than any other activity, he has several other vocations as well. From a young age, Dr. Talei excelled as a piano teacher and composer. He would teach children in underserved communities free of charge. At the same time, he served as a youth mentor with COPE (Community Outreach for Prevention and Education) in Venice and East Los Angeles and with the Big Brothers of UCLA.

Constantly in the pursuit of artistic and technical skills, Dr. Talei frequently has always enjoyed endeavors that involve working with his hands. From childhood he has been involved in upholstering, sewing of Victorian lampshades, carpentry and stone sculpting. He is also an avid cook with an ever-growing list of recipes (   #BenTaleisKitchen).

Following his other passions, Dr Talei volunteered for the National Ski Patrol in Big Bear, CA. Simultaneously he volunteered as an EMT driving an ambulance as well. Beyond this, his affinity for automobiles led him to pursue offshore boat and auto racing since he was a teenager.

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Dr Talei receiving a special award from the Mayor and City Council at Beverly Hills City Hall for his charitable works and involvement in Beverly Hills and around the world



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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!!!