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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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!!!