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

Painelss Facelift / No-Anesthesia Facelift / Awake Facelift

Dr. Ben Talei at the Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery is an expert in Painless Surgical Techniques and performing even the most advanced face & neck procedures under Local Anesthesia. One of the most popular procedures he performs without the use of a general anesthetic is the Painless Facelift.

What is an Awake or Painless Facelift?

Dr. Talei is an expert in a large variety of facial rejuvenation techniques. The most advanced and natural techniques he has developed are the Deep Plane Mini Lift or Mini Facelift and the SMART Lift, which is a Modified, Extended Deep Plane Facelift. Regardless of the procedure or whether it is a Primary (first time) Facelift or a Revision Facelift (Secondary Facelift), Dr. Talei is able to perform these surgeries for his patients seamlessly.

A Facelift without the use of the General Anesthesia is quite easy to perform. Using a series of local nerve blocks and gentle infiltration, Dr. Talei can quickly and easily numb the entire face. Laser Resurfacing using a Fractionated CO2 Laser can also be performed simultaneously. While some patients choose to take a nap during the procedure, others prefer to stay awake and chat or listen to music.

What are the benefits of an Awake Facelift?

Undergoing Facial Rejuvenation without the use of a General Anesthetic has several significant benefits. The clearest advantage is that it provides a safe and viable option for patients who are hesitant to receive Anesthesia for health reasons, emotional reasons or simply personal preference.

What most patients aren’t aware of, however, is that undergoing a procedure under local anesthesia without the use of a general anesthetic reduces recovery time significantly. Without the vasodilation caused by many general anesthetics, patients tend to bruise less and have much less swelling following the surgery. They are also able to return to normal functions much more quickly, bouncing back almost immediately. Performing any procedure under local anesthesia is also less costly, which almost all patients appreciate.

What are the disadvantages to a Facelift without General Anesthesia?

There are no real disadvantages that we know of and all patients under our care have been extremely happy with their decisions thus far. Our patients have become part of our family and many are happy to speak with future patients about their experiences.

At the Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery, you will receive the most advanced and reliable treatments available. As experts dedicated to facial cosmetic surgery we are able to customize care and accommodate all our patients using a large variety of techniques most suitable to your individual needs. Please contact us with any questions or for a consultation.

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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!!!