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


When considering any changes to your face, make sure to consult a true specialist. The last thing you want is uncertainty when it comes to outcomes and results. The field of facial rejuvenation has advanced substantially over the past decade, and a large variety of surgical and non-surgical options are now available. Although surgery is typically more effective and longer lasting, the results from non-surgical treatments can be quite impressive.

What is a Laser Facelift?

There is no single definition for a laser facelift. Some physicians will use this term to describe a regular facelift, which utilizes a laser for some portions of the procedure just as a scalpel would be used. Others use this term to describe a facelift combined with laser resurfacing of the skin. Some physicians will use the term laser facelift to describe deep skin heating techniques, which can give some of the improvements you see with a classic facelift.

Dr. Talei uses the term laser facelift to describe a non-surgical lift performed by using the most effective tightening device on the market to date – the Profound, by Syneron-Candela. By coupling microneedling with radiofrequency thermal energy you can obtain quite impressive results. The Profound can treat the face by improving wrinkles, lines, drooping, pore size, rosacea and even acne. The machine also has the ability to tighten the neck and shrink fat while elegantly contouring the cheeks and jawline.

This treatment has had a 100% patient satisfaction rate in our practice as well as clinical studies, which cannot be said for most other devices. Although you cannot really compare the results to advanced facelifting techniques, such as those performed by Dr. Talei, the response we have seen from patients is quite impressive. Patients are ecstatic with their improved skin quality and rejuvenated appearance. Most patients are complimented on having lost weight as well. When further skin resurfacing is required, Dr. Talei will combine this treatment with fractional laser skin treatments.

What is a Micro Facelift?

Just as with a mini-facelift or a laser facelift, there is no single definition for a micro facelift. Dr. Talei uses this term to describe the changes you can realistically expect from his laser facelift. Other surgeons may use this term to describe the vampire facelift, using PRP or to describe various types of thread lifts. Dr. Talei does not typically perform those types of procedures given their low rate of success and high rate of variability from patient to patient. What is the recovery or down time for a laser facelift? When undergoing extensive radio frequency tightening, you can expect 5 days of facial swelling. If the neck is treated, you can expect the same. There is not much maintenance during this time that patients need to worry about. If superficial laser resurfacing is performed at the same time with a fractionated laser, some further skin care may be required as the superficial layer of skin peels.

When will I see the results of a Laser Facelift?

The improvement in skin quality can be seen after 1-2 weeks and will continue to improve over the next year. The tightening and contouring of the face and neck start to show at 3 weeks and continue to improve over the next year as well. The improvements seen with almost all other devices are typically due to swelling seen in the face, which is why they only last 6-8 months on average.

How long do the results for a Laser or Micro Facelift Last?

Results and improvements seen with most devices on the market last only as long as the swelling lasts. Most patients report that they see an improvement only for 6- 8 months, if they see one at all.

With the Profound MicroLift, the results are more apparent and have been reported to last around 3 years. The microneedling technology bypasses the limitations seen in other devices. In order for a treatment to be effective, it must deliver energy into the deep layer of the skin. Most ultrasound and radiofrequency devices do this by sending energy through the superficial layer down into the deep layer. This limits the amount of energy delivered as too much would burn or damage the superficial skin. The Profound fixes this problem by bypassing the superficial layer and targeting the deep layer directly and precisely with insulated microneedles. This is why the results are so much longer lasting and more impressive.

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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!!!