When we meet, we will spend as much time as you need to have all your questions answered, and I will make sure that you feel perfectly comfortable with the entire process.
I am completely committed to always being available to you. Whether during the day, in the middle of the night, regardless if I am in Austin or in Brazil, you will be able to get ahold of me. Although immediacy might not be possible, I will reach out to you as soon as I am able to reach a private phone.
You can rest assured, nothing is more important to me than your happiness and well-being.
Marcelo Antunes, MD, FACS
Dr. Antunes dedicates his practice to cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery of the face and nose, and he is devoted to making sure you will look your best. He believes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” in facial plastic surgery.
If you would like to meet with Dr. Antunes in person, please request a consultation using our simple online form or call our office at
(512) 288-8200 to schedule your appointment.
A Passion for Facial Plastic Surgery Excellence
Exceptional Education & Training
Dr. Antunes grew up in Brazil and moved to the United States for his medical education. His surgical expertise has been honed over years of training at some of the country's most prestigious programs. He completed his residency in Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year.
Following his surgical residency, Dr. Antunes, was selected for a distinguished facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of Rochester. He trained with Dr. Vito Quatela, a past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. During the Rochester fellowship, he mastered the full gamut of facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures. Those included:
- Hair transplantation
- Fat transfer
- Reconstructive surgery for skin cancer
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Injectable treatments
- Lip Lift
He's also completed fellowship training in Switzerland at the Fisch International Microsurgery Foundation in Zurich and Lucerne.
Certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Antunes is one of only a handful of plastic surgeons in the Austin area dedicated solely to facial procedures. He is an active member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Antunes has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has authored several book chapters. During his residency, he received the highly regarded American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Resident Research Grant. His research also earned the prestigious Maurice Cottle Honor Award and the University of Pennsylvania's Carniol Award for Research and Innovation in Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Antunes has given several presentations at national and international conferences. He serves on the international board of the Brazilian Journal of Cervico-Facial Surgery.
"To put it plainly and simply, it is about creating an uplifting experience and making my patients happy. I firmly believe in providing exceptional quality care for my patients, delivering a natural and long-lasting result. There are absolutely no shortcuts to quality."
Dr. Antunes, in His Own Words
What is your patient care philosophy?
One of my major goals is to provide patients with an environment that makes them completely comfortable. I welcome all questions and encourage patients to voice all their concerns. I believe that a well-educated patient will be the most satisfied. The ultimate goal is that my patients feels good about themselves, because otherwise they will not be happy. My philosophy is centered on enhancing the lives of my patients by achieving long-lasting natural results using the safest, most advanced and reliable techniques.
I believe that investigative and intelligent people have the ability to find quality care. Attention to detail and exceptional service are the hallmark of my care. Patients can rest assured that we hold our practice to the highest standards. Our patients' well-being is and will always be our primary concern.
How would you describe your approach to facial plastic surgery?
Every individual has different anatomy and will heal differently. I tailor treatment to each patient's unique desires and expectations and apply it to their unique facial features. I do not believe in a universal aesthetic standard for the face. There is no "one-size-fits-all" procedure for facial and nasal surgery. Facial plastic surgery needs to be individualized based on a patient's wishes, goals, anatomy and ethnicity.
Most of my patients seek subtle and natural improvements, while still maintaining their identity. In addition, my care doesn’t stop following the procedure. I'll help each patient develop a comprehensive skin care program that enhances their skin and maximizes their results.
How do you stay at the forefront of your field?
As technology and surgical techniques evolve and improve, more people are asking for quicker procedures that involve a short recovery and still achieve long-lasting results. I am constantly studying new methods and will adopt new techniques that have scientific validity. However, it is very important to maintain a skeptical attitude and carefully evaluate new advances. At times, these advances are not thoroughly tested and can potentially be unsafe. I refrain from adopting techniques and procedures just because everyone else is performing it.
Do you feel philanthropy is important?
Humanitarian work is a fundamental portion of my professional life. I started when only a teenager, helping my mother, a microbiologist, to administer vaccines in children living in underprivileged communities. Since then, serving people in need became a part of me. After deciding to dedicate my career to facial plastic surgery, I continued to perform humanitarian work, traveling to Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, Vietnam, and the Philippines to perform reconstructive surgery in children born with cleft lip and palate and ear abnormalities (microtia). I am also involved in local philanthropic causes, and I consider this important work an ongoing commitment.
What do you like to do when you're not working?
I am very happy to live in Austin, one of the most vibrant and beautiful areas of this country. I enjoy spending time with my wife, our son, and our dog. I also enjoy running, swimming, and fly fishing.