Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
7900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Bldg 2, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78737
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Category Archives: Facelift

Types of Facelift: SMAS Facelift

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

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

  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)

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 …

Facelift Incisions: The Journey to Becoming Invisible

Facelifts are one of the most popular surgical techniques used to address the signs of aging on the face and neck. At The Piazza Center in Austin, Dr. Marcelo Antunes performs facelift procedures to restore lost volume to the cheeks, improve the appearance of jowls, improve the contour of the neck and to reduce the …

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

In today’s world, there are many catchy terms for facelift surgery to allure patients, such as “lunchtime lift,” “lifestyle lift,” “short scar lift,” “weekend lift,” etc. This can make things fairly confusing for the average patient. In addition, there are some procedures that are called a “lift” that are in fact simply adding volume with …

How to Choose a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Marcelo Antunes

Facial plastic surgery has become extremely popular due to the competitiveness of today's society; everyone wants to look young and vibrant. Although many people are having surgical and non-surgical procedures, most are not willing to announce it. In addition, when the procedures are done properly, it is difficult to recognize the work of a good …

FaceTime Facelift: Is FaceTime Leading to More BOTOX® and Fillers?

I was FaceTiming with my 4-year-old niece the other day talking about her school day in a sweet and innocent conversation.  While I was doing so, I became intensely focused on the contour of my lower eyelids, jawline, and neck.  Obviously, the camera angle makes a significant difference on how this contour can appear.  I …

Combining Breast and Tummy Tuck Procedures: Is it Safe?

tummy tuck

Two of the most common areas that my female patients want to address are both the breast and tummy areas with a breast enhancement (augmentation or breast lift) and tummy tuck procedure. In Austin, the majority of my patients that come to see me feel that they have plateaued when it comes to improved body …

Turkey Day Doesn’t Have to Mean “Turkey Neck”

The turkey is an ever-popular symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday, but can we all agree that the bird itself will never win a beauty contest? One of the most identifying features that distinguish this animal is the loose-hanging clump of skin on the neck or “waddle.” Many of us humans have developed our own variation …