The Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
5920 W. William Cannon Drive, Mesa Oaks Building Seven, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78749
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Monthly Archives: August 2019

Types of Facelift: SMAS Facelift

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SMAS stands for “Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System.” This is known as the “muscle layer” of the face, which is a thin layer of muscle and fibrous bands that cover the muscles and deep fat pads of the face. The SMAS extends from the very top of the head down to the bottom of the neck. …

Types of Facelift: Deep Plane Facelift

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A deep plane facelift is one of the most advanced facelift techniques available. It is a step beyond the SMAS facelift because the cheek ligament is also released during surgery, allowing for the cheek fat pad (malar fat pad) to be lifted into its more youthful position and improve the appearance of the midface. Like …

Types of Facelift: MACS Lift or Short Scar Facelift/ S-Lift

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  MACS stands for “Minimal Access Cranial Suspension.” This type of facelift surgery requires the placement of sutures in strategic places to tighten the SMAS layer with minimal scarring. This technique was developed in the early 2000s and is often a good choice for patients who desire facial rejuvenation in the cheek and jowl region. …

Types of Facelift: Mini Lift (Mini Facelift)

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The Mini Lift is a less-invasive facelift technique that is appropriate for only certain patients. A Mini Lift has traditionally been described by many surgeons as a “skin only” facelift. This procedure is known by several different names – “Weekend Facelift,” “Lunchtime Facelift,” and “Lifestyle Lift.” At his Austin plastic surgery practice, Dr. Antunes does …

What You Should Know Before Your Breast Augmentation

What I Wish I'd Known Before My Breast Augmentation

When it comes to breast augmentation, our Austin practice makes it a priority to prevent any regret, remorse, or “wish I would have known” types of feelings. We have an extensive educational process: 1 hour and 15 minutes in consult, 1 hour in pre-op education, and both short-term and long-term follow up after surgery. Our …

The Facts Behind the Textured Implant Recall

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Allergan recently voluntarily recalled a specific type of textured breast implant. This has resulted in breast augmentation patients calling our practice with questions about why this action was taken and what it means for them. These concerns are understandable and we're reaching out to all of our patients via email, in addition to this blog …

Reversing Sun Damage as Summer Winds Down

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It’s hard to believe summer officially ends soon. While long hours spent on the lake and enjoying Central Texas’ many other outdoor activities were no doubt good for the soul this summer…your skin may have taken a beating.  Hopefully you applied sunscreen liberally –and often--and covered up to avoid sunburn from harsh UV rays. If …

CoolSculpting: How Does It Work?

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How bad can it be to relax comfortably in a private treatment room – quietly reading or catching up on work – while your unwanted flabby areas are chilled, then seemingly melt away? (Not too bad—especially considering this August heat here in Austin!) In a nutshell, that is our experience at The Piazza Center, by …

Types of Facelift: A Guide to Determine Which One Is Best for You

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  Although injectable fillers (synthetic dermal fillers or fat injections) have a very important place in facial rejuvenation, any technique that only adds volume to the face is not necessarily a “lift.” That being said, commonly these procedures will complement each other when creating an improved result. Facelift procedures involve an incision around the ear …