Beverly Hills Facelift Surgery

Dr. Ben Talei is an industry-leading physician who specializes in natural, long-lasting facelift and neck lift surgery in the Beverly Hills area. He is board certified and completed two separate fellowships in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery following completion of training at Columbia University and Cornell University. Dr. Talei, a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon, can tailor face and neck plastic surgery procedures to suit your needs and reduce the signs of aging. His approach is not telling you what you need but helping you achieve the results you want in the safest, most natural way possible. Dr. Talei’s care and empathy ensure you have a nurtured and painless recovery.

Facelift Procedures Offered at Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery

Facelift procedures, also known as rhytidectomy, aim to address signs of aging in the lower face and neck by lifting and tightening sagging skin and muscles. Dr. Talei offers several types of facelift procedures, each designed to target specific areas and address varying degrees of facial aging. These include:

  • SMART Lift (Modified Extended Deep Plane Facelift)
  • Revision Facelift
  • Mini Lift / Weekend Lift
  • Weight-Loss Facelift
  • Facelift for Acne and Scarring
  • Endoscopic Cheek & Midface Lift
  • Non-Surgical / Non-Invasive / Liquid Facelift
  • Buccal Fat Extraction
  • Fat Augmentation / Fat Transfer / Fat Injection
It is important to note that the choice of facelift procedure depends on your specific concerns and goals, as well as your extent of facial aging. A consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ben Talei in Beverly Hills is crucial to determine the most suitable facelift approach for each case.


Dr. Talei truly stands apart in the field of facial rejuvenation due to the amazing results achieved using the SMART Lift technique (Superior Movement and Repositioning Throughout Lift), which he developed. The SMART Lift is a modified, extended deep plane facelifting technique designed to produce the most natural yet significant results. It is one of the most advanced deep plane facelift techniques in the world, utilizing vertical vector repositioning and a comprehensive deep plane tissue release.
 If you closely analyze most facelift results nationwide, you will notice that there are mainly improvements in the jawline and neck, with no significant improvement in the midface or cheeks. Hence, the term “facelift” can be a bit deceiving. The SMART Lift technique is one of the few available that can go beyond correcting just the neck and jawline. This procedure lightens the folds around the nose and mouth, referred to as the melolabial or nasolabial folds (marionette lines). It raises the focus of the cheek from a sagging position back to where it was meant to be, augmenting cheek volume and restoring a youthful, classic heart-shaped appearance to your face.
 Although most patients seeking a lift are in their 50s and 60s, we still care for many patients in their 30s and 40s. Even though it may not seem to be the case, younger patients typically require a more significant lift of the midface in order to achieve beautiful results. We often recommend the SMART Lift for patients undergoing “The 40s facelift,” as other less significant techniques cannot obtain adequate results. In recent years, many surgeons have been adding volume to the face using fat grafting as they cannot obtain the volume enhancement and redistribution seen with the SMART Lift. We aim to obtain an appropriately proportioned, elegant face while restoring a youthful appearance. This is without the typical stigmata associated with a facelift. Another reason this technique is preferred is that it does not fail after two or three years like most other popular lifts do. It has proven durability for years to come.
 The procedure is performed through hidden minimal access incisions, leaving your natural hairline intact. It provides a rapid recovery time with a very high patient satisfaction rate. We recommend carefully analyzing various surgeons’ results to see if incisions and scars are hidden with the hair pulled over and behind the ear. You will never be left with a pulled, unnatural, or plastic-looking face. The most common response we receive from our patients is that their friends and family (including other plastic surgeons) repeatedly comment on how refreshed and rejuvenated they look lately, yet they have no idea why. This is our goal.

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Revision Facelift

Dr. Talei is a specialist in what is known as revision or secondary facelifting. This includes performing a facelift or rhytidectomy procedure on a patient who has had one or more prior facelifts. These procedures are typically performed to correct the changes associated with aging, although sometimes, they are performed to correct specific irregularities resulting from the first surgery or for problems not addressed. It is important to trust your face to a specialist who can customize the revision surgery to your needs and not be limited by a certain skill set. Performing a revision facelift is considered to be risky by most other surgeons. However, using a deep plane technique, Dr. Talei can perform a revision safely while producing incredible results. He also has a great deal of experience in caring for patients who have previously undergone cancer surgeries of the face, radiation and parotid gland excisions. His procedures can breathe new life into your face, restoring that fresh, vibrant look you want. Dr. Talei has the surgical experience and a truly artistic eye that will produce perfect results!

Mini-Lift (Mini Facelift) / Weekend Lift

The mini-lift is a technique developed to rejuvenate the face and neck through small, hidden incisions, allowing the patient to return to life or work in no time. Like the other facelift techniques Dr. Talei performs, this procedure is painless. It can even be performed under local anesthetic without the use of sedation or general anesthesia if desired. This is the most preferred procedure for patients who can’t afford any downtime.

Weight-Loss Facelift

Losing weight is a wonderful thing to achieve for overweight patients. Unfortunately, many of the improvements in health, appearance and happiness are accompanied by an apparent aging in the face due to the weight loss. Obese patients typically have rounder, fuller faces and necks which resist the signs of aging. This is because of the fullness and body provided in the deep tissues under the skin. As weight loss proceeds, the skin and deep tissues lose the support previously provided, and the skin becomes excessive. This can cause face and neck skin to sag and have many more lines in a rapid time. Patients often complain of having a “turkey neck” or a “droopy face” around this time. Fortunately, Dr. Talei has much experience helping these patients restore the appropriate volume and shape to their face and neck. He will remove the excess skin and precisely reposition the facial accents to their rightful places. Improving your lifestyle and weight is truly an amazing achievement. Dr. Talei receives great joy from helping you look the way you feel.

Facelift for Acne and Scarring

From experience, Dr. Talei has noticed that select patients may benefit significantly from a variety of modified facelifting techniques. Patients with deep acne scarring or deep tissue scarring from other causes often benefit from several minimally invasive procedures he has developed to obtain great results. The classic facelift techniques performed by the majority of plastic surgeons in the country, unfortunately, do not provide long-lasting results. This is especially true when dealing with acne patients. Specialists recommend a modified or extended deep plane facelift combined with other procedures, such as fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing, among other necessary treatments.

Endoscopic Cheek & Midface Lift

A small subset of our younger patients notice a loss of volume or sagging of the cheeks without a change in their neck or jawline. For these patients experiencing isolated aging, the endoscopic midface lift is a wonderful option. The incisions are hidden in the hairline, producing very natural results.


With newer products and techniques available, we can now offer a less invasive option for those patients not ready to undergo a surgical procedure. By using a variety of liquid or gel injectables (including Sculptra, Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Belotero, Voluma and Radiesse) we are able to achieve significant rejuvenation of the face with no downtime and no incisions. For longer-lasting results, yet still avoiding surgery, fat grafting and fat transfers are also great options to enhance facial volume. Some would call this a fat grafting or stem cell facelift, given the regenerative properties noted with fat transfer.

Buccal Fat Extraction

This is a procedure that can be performed in addition to a facelift or performed alone. Buccal fat extraction produces wonderful results in patients with poorly defined cheekbones and fuller cheek fat. Without any external incisions, we can sculpt and better define the cheek line and diminish a chubby or rounded appearance.

Fat Augmentation / Fat Transfer /Fat Injection

Dr. Talei’s approach will give you a result that is personalized for your wants and needs without the added pressure of suggesting procedures you never requested. He is truly dedicated to his patients and is very passionate and proud of his work. Patient care is his top priority, along with achieving the most natural and impressive results for your cheeks, mid-face, jawline and neck rejuvenation.

How to tell a Good Facelift From a Bad Facelift

The best way to judge facelift procedure results is to examine multiple before/after photos to find the doctor who can reproducibly achieve the results you are looking for. Do not believe the myth that a subtle change produced by surgery means it will be a natural change or a significant change will make you look unnatural. Talented surgeons can achieve significant results without drawing notice from even your closest friends and relatives. When evaluating different types of facelifts and neck lifts, realize that the name of the facelift typically makes no difference. Two surgeons can have very different names for the same type of surgery or the same name for drastically different procedures. Here are some facelift characteristics that differentiate between surgeons, and you can think about these questions when analyzing the photos.

  • Is the lighting the same in the before and after photos? If not, this may make results look better than they actually are.
  • Is the position of the neck the same in the before and after photos? If not, this may make a neck look better after the operation than it actually is.
  • Are the incisions around the ear covered with the patient’s hair? If so, this might mean that the procedure produces unsightly scarring.
  • Is the hairline or sideburn altered? Some surgeons use techniques that cut away the natural hairline.
  • Is the jaw angle improved after the operation or is it blunted in appearance?
  • Is the cheek and face in the after picture any different than the before picture? If so, this is either due to a good deep plane facelift or fat injections. Both can produce nice results, but you have to decide if those results are what you’re looking for.
  • Does the patient look like he/she had surgery done?
  • Are the under eyes or tear troughs improved? If so, this may be due to a good facelift surgery or eyelid surgery combined with a facelift.
  • Have the jowls been completely refined and straightened?
  • Is there still any banding or drooping in the neck?

Facelift Procedure FAQ

Am I a suitable candidate for a facelift?
Good candidates for facelift procedures are individuals who have noticeable signs of aging in the lower face and neck, such as sagging skin, jowls and loss of facial contours. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help determine your eligibility and discuss your specific goals.

What is the recovery like after a facelift?
Recovery times vary, but most patients can expect some initial swelling and bruising. Patients are generally advised to rest and avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks. Full recovery may take several weeks to a few months.

Are facelift results permanent?
While a facelift can provide long-lasting results, it does not stop the natural aging process. Factors such as genetics, lifestyle and skincare practices can influence the longevity of the results. However, many patients enjoy a more youthful appearance for many years after the procedure.

Can a facelift be combined with other procedures?
Yes, many patients choose to combine a facelift with other cosmetic procedures, such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift or non-surgical treatments like dermal fillers or Botox. This combination approach can provide comprehensive facial rejuvenation.


For personalized information and to determine if a facelift is right for you, contact our facelift surgery specialists at the Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.


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