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Sculpt Lift (Face Lift Technique) Overview

What is a SculptLift™?

A SculptLift™ is similar to a facelift, with an added innovation, developed and trademarked by Dr. Rousso. In a SculptLift™, the lower two-thirds of the face is restored with a SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) technique. This advanced technique involves manipulating the layer of tissue deeper within the skin and tissue to restore youthful structure and definition. The added aspect of the SculptLift™ involves tissue transfer. In the SMAS technique, a small quantity of tissue is removed from in front of the ear. This live, healthy tissue is transferred to add volume to lips, smooth nasolabial folds, or fill marionette lines for a longer-lasting result.

What does a SculptLift™ treat?

A SculptLift™ is an advanced facelift procedure that produces a superior result in facial rejuvenation. It treats the following:

  • Sagging facial skin
  • Jowls
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Deeply-etched laugh lines
  • Thinning lips
  • Marionette lines
  • Sagging skin on upper neck

Candidates for a SculptLift™

Any person who dreams of looking younger is likely a good candidate for a custom SculptLift™, when in good general health and who can safely undergo facial cosmetic surgery. It is the perfect facelift technique for you if you have:

  • Sagging jowls
  • Lines extending from lip corners onto chin
  • Your lips have thinned 
  • Your cheek structure has dropped lower on your face
  • You want a natural, refreshed look that lasts and lasts
  • You want to look a decade or more younger

How is a SculptLift™ performed?

A SculptLift™ is a custom facelift surgery, developed by Dr. Rousso. In an SMAS facelift, a small portion of tissue is removed from in front of the ear structure and is typically discarded. Dr. Rousso has developed a process in which this strip of natural tissue is saved and placed to restore volume to lips, laugh lines, or marionette lines, creating natural volume for the long term. A SMAS facelift procedure involves manipulating a layer of tissue beneath the skin for a more natural repositioning of sagging facial skin. After the loosened underlying structure is repaired and restored to a very natural position, excess skin is trimmed away, and naturally draped, creating a singularly beautiful outcome. The custom tissue transfer to fill areas lacking volume takes this procedure to the next level.

  • Anesthesia: A SculptLift™ is typically performed under IV sedation and local anesthesia or MAC (Monitered Anesthesia Care) Twighlight Sedation, where the patient is breathing on their own.
  • Incision sites: The incisions are placed around the ear structure, from the hairline at the temples, ending behind the ears at the lower area of the scalp with no visible facial scarring.
  • Liposuction: Excess fat under the chin or upper neck is removed with liposuction.
  • Added procedures: For comprehensive facial rejuvenation, the procedure can be combined with a neck lift, brow lift (endoscopic or traditional, based on need), or eyelid lift.

Recovery after a SculptLift™

The recovery time after a SculptLift™ involves little pain and requires about two weeks to heal. In the early stages of recovery, you will experience some swelling and bruising. You will sleep with your head elevated, and your face will be protected with compression bandages. Stitches will be removed in seven to ten days, with others dissolving over time. You must avoid all vigorous motions for two to three weeks. You may require up to four weeks for a full recovery, with results that last for a decade or longer, if you care for your skin and avoid the sun, eat a healthy diet, and care for your health.

SculptLift™ at-a-glance

  • Surgery time: Three to four hours
  • Anesthesia: Intravenous sedation with local anesthesia, or MAC Twilight Sedation
  • Typical recovery time: Two to four weeks
  • Can it be performed with another surgery? Yes, brow lift, eyelid lift, neck lift, ear surgery

Why choose Rousso Adams Facial Plastic Surgery in Birmingham?

As a world-renowned plastic surgeon specializing in the face and neck, Dr. Rousso has more than 30 years of experience and has gained worldwide recognition for his contributions to the fields of plastic surgery and hair restoration. Dr. Adams is double board-certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, making him an expert in facial anatomy.  Dr. Rousso and Dr. Adams will never give you a result that looks artificial; your results will always look subtle, natural, and inherent. Our facility uses state-of-the-art medical equipment and many of our staff have been with Dr. Rousso for more than 20 years. We offer a patient experience above and beyond what you will find elsewhere, including concierge services on par with the best five-star hotels. Our friendly staff can help you arrange travel and hotel accommodations, lab appointments, sitters, aftercare, and many other services from start to finish. If you are considering a SculptLift™ in Birmingham, Montgomery, or surrounding areas, contact us today.


Why is a SculptLift™ a superior facelift?

A SculptLift™ has the added benefit of a custom tissue transfer to add subtle volume to lips, deep laugh lines, or marionette lines for results that look incredibly natural, and are long-lasting.

What is the difference between a SMAS facelift and a SculptLift™?

An SMAS facelift produces a very natural look, as it involves repositioning the underlying facial structure, so it is returned to a more youthful position. A SculptLift™ has the added benefit of natural tissue transfer to restore lost volume to lips, fill deep nasolabial folds or marionette lines.

How long before an important social event should I plan my SculptLift™?

To look and feel your best, plan your surgery for six to eight weeks before your event.

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