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Deep Plan Upper Lip Lift, Cupid Lift™ by Dr. Ben Talei

Published on: April 17, 2024 (Last modified on: April 23, 2024)
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Written by Ben Talei, MD

Dr. Benjamin Talei is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, celebrated for his innovative techniques and commitment to excellence.

Dr. Ben Talei’s Cupid Lift™ redefines lip enhancement with its advanced Deep Plane Upper Lip Lift technique, setting it apart from traditional lip lifts. This unique procedure, based on the innovative “Cupid Design,” improves lip shape, contour, and volume for results that are both natural and aesthetically pleasing.


The purpose of the Cupid Lift™ is to provide a refined enhancement to the lips, addressing issues such as elongation of the lip height due to aging and offering a more balanced and attractive appearance. The Cupid Lift™ is designed to reverse engineer the traditional lip lift approach, focusing on modifying the lip shape to achieve more harmonious and natural-looking results.


As with any surgical procedure, the Cupid Lift™ entails certain risks, which include:

  • Swelling and bruising at the site of the surgery
  • Minor asymmetry as the lips heal
  • Sensations of tightness or discomfort post-procedure
  • Potential for minimal scarring, expertly minimized by Dr. Talei’s techniques

Dr. Talei’s extensive experience significantly reduces these risks, ensuring patient safety and satisfaction.


Preparation for the Cupid Lift™ involves several critical steps:

  1. Consultation: An in-depth discussion with Dr. Talei to understand the procedure, set realistic expectations, and discuss the desired outcome.
  2. Medical Review: A thorough review of the patient’s medical history and any current medications to avoid complications.
  3. Pre-Operative Instructions: Avoidance of certain medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, and cessation of smoking to facilitate optimal healing.


The Deep Plane Upper Lip Lift procedure is meticulously planned and executed:

  • Design and Markings: The unique CPID (Central, Peak, Intermediate, Diagonal) design is drawn on the lips to guide the modification of the lip shape and contour.
  • Incision and Technique: A minimal incision is made at the base of the nose. Using the deep plane method, the SMAS layer is released above the orbicularis oris muscle, allowing for precise contouring without affecting muscle function.
  • Closure: The incision is closed with fine sutures, ensuring a smooth recovery and minimal scarring.

The entire process takes approximately one hour under local anesthesia, with minor oral sedatives to enhance patient comfort.


The recovery process is generally quick and with minimal discomfort:

  • Immediate Care: Post-operative swelling and bruising are common but subside within the first week. Patients are advised to use ice packs and keep their heads elevated.
  • Follow-Up: Dr. Talei schedules follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and confirm the aesthetics are as planned.
  • Care Instructions: Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity and direct sun exposure on the lips to ensure the best healing environment.
  • Patient Testimonial
    Casey C.

    "Dr. Ben took ten years off my face with a lip lift and non invasive profound. He really is magic. I will not trust anyone else with my face."


The results of the Cupid Lift™ are both immediate and improving over time as swelling subsides:

  • Enhanced lip volume and a more defined cupid’s bow
  • A shorter, more aesthetically pleasing space between the nose and the upper lip
  • A natural look that complements the overall facial structure

Patients report significant satisfaction with the natural aesthetics and the subtle yet impactful rejuvenation achieved through the Cupid Lift™.

Before & After Photos

Dr. Ben Talei’s Cupid Lift™ offers a sophisticated and lasting solution for those seeking to enhance their lip aesthetics. This innovative procedure not only improves the appearance but does so in a way that respects and enhances the natural harmony of the patient’s features. For more information on this transformative procedure or to book a consultation, visit Dr. Talei’s practice to explore how the Cupid Lift™ can benefit you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes the Cupid Lift™ different from traditional lip lifts?

The Cupid Lift™ employs the Deep Plane Upper Lip Lift technique, focusing on the detailed rearrangement of the lip’s structure rather than just lifting. This method allows for a more natural-looking result by preserving the natural muscle function and minimizing scarring.

How long does recovery from a Cupid Lift™ take?

Patients typically experience a quick recovery, aided by Dr. Talei’s use of hypochlorous solution and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Most patients can return to their normal activities shortly after the procedure, with complete healing and final results apparent within a few weeks.

Is the Cupid Lift™ procedure painful?

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia with minor oral sedatives to ensure comfort throughout. Most patients report minimal discomfort during and after the procedure, with any mild soreness easily managed through prescribed pain relief methods.

Who is an ideal candidate for the Cupid Lift™?

Ideal candidates for the Cupid Lift™ are individuals looking for enhancement of the upper lip area, who desire a more defined lip shape and contour. It is particularly suited for those who wish to correct proportional imbalances without the exaggerated results often associated with traditional lip lifts.

Can the Cupid Lift™ be combined with other facial procedures?

Yes, the Cupid Lift™ can be effectively combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Talei often recommends complementing the lip lift with other treatments to achieve a comprehensive enhancement of the facial aesthetics.

How can I schedule a consultation with Dr. Ben Talei?

If you’re interested in learning more about the Cupid Lift™ and exploring your options for facial rejuvenation, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Talei and the team at Beverly Hills Center. Contact us today to take the first step towards a beautiful and confident smile.

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About Ben Talei, MD

Dr. Benjamin Talei is a distinguished facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon known for his expertise in advanced facial rejuvenation techniques. With dual board certification and extensive training from renowned institutions like Columbia University and Cornell University Medical Centers, he has earned acclaim for his contributions to the field. Dr. Talei's pioneering work includes the development of the deep plane upper lip lift and his dedication to education, making him a sought-after figure in the world of facial aesthetics.
His exceptional reputation has garnered attention from high-profile magazines and media outlets such as Allure, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, PopSugar, E! News, The Doctors Show, The Zoe Report, Yahoo Finance, New Beauty, Real Self, MSN, and Buzzfeed.