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

Male Necklift Surgery

As the field of Plastic Surgery has grown, more and more men are seeking natural and masculine appearing neck and facial rejuvenation surgery. Dr. Talei has become as specialist in Primary and Revision Necklift and facelift surgery for men by primarily using the SMART Deep Plane Neck Lifting Technique among other procedures.

SMART Deep Plane Neck Lift

The difficulty many surgeons encounter in rejuvenation of the male face and neck is that the most commonly used techniques in women don’t work very well in men. Standard SMAS plication techniques typically fail to show any durable or noticeable natural change in the face or neck given the heavier quality of the tissues encountered in men. For this reason, Dr. Talei has developed and modified a technique much more suitable for men, which provides masculine, natural, superior and long-lasting results to both the face and neck or just the neck alone.

The SMART Deep Plane technique differs significantly from the majority of necklifts performed in the country. The most commonly used techniques alter the hair line, put significant amounts of tension on the skin, cause noticeable scarring around the ear and hairline, and only temporarily pull the SMAS and Platysma layers solely using suture pull.

The SMART Deep Plane technique is vertical vector, modified and extended deep plane face and neck lifting procedure, which is focuses much more on muscle and fascial release than skin pull. With this method, less dissection is performed directly under the skin and more is performed between the muscle layers allowing for the most natural and effective repositioning of drooping and sagging tissues in the face and neck. Dr. Talei has the ability to use nearly any neck lifting technique available today but almost always elects this technique because of the reliable, reproducible, durable and superior results achieved.

Grecian Urn Direct Neck Lift

The Grecian Urn Neck Lift is a direct neck lift performed using the combination of Elliptical Excisions resembling a Grecian Urn or hourglass, platysmal muscle tightening, fat excision as needed, and Z-Plasty techniques. This type of lift is most suitable for older men with a heavy “Turkey-Gobbler” necks desiring a quick and easy fix for their neck drooping over their collar and drawing too much notice in photos. The procedure can easily be performed using local anesthesia and allows a rapid recovery.


The Platysma muscle is the muscle that drapes from just over the jawline all the way down over the collar bone. This is the muscle which envelopes all the deeper structures of the neck and is also the main cause of banding in the neck. A Platysmaplasty is a procedure which can easily be performed under local anesthesia in order to tighten the muscles in the neck and under the chin. If necessary this can be combined with lateral or midline skin excision techniques to remove redundant skin. The result is smoother, younger looking neck and jawline with very little downtime.

Liposuction and Lipoplasty

Liposuction under the chin and in the neck is a very quick and easy way to obtain improvement in a neck, which has developed a fatty or heavy appearance over the years. Tiny laparoscopic incisions are made in hidden areas and micro cannulas are used to achieve the most natural results. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or can be combined with a face or neck lift to provide more refinement of the neck and jawline.

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