Dr. Marcelo Antunes, a board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, joins the Austin, TX, practice established in 2010 by Dr. Rocco Piazza.
AUSTIN, Texas (September 2018) — The Piazza Center recently welcomed double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Marcelo Antunes to its Austin practice, where patients now have access to one of the few surgeons in the area devoted solely to aesthetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery.
“Dr. Antunes is an ideal fit for our team,” says Dr. Rocco Piazza, who opened The Piazza Center in 2010. “He is one of the nation’s leading facial plastic surgeons and shares my practice philosophy that nothing is more important than the well-being of our patients.”
Dr. Piazza, a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring procedures, says Dr. Antunes’ focus on facial procedures further enhances The Piazza Center’s standing as one of the premier plastic surgery practices not only in Austin, but throughout the Southwest.
A native of Brazil, Dr. Antunes moved to the United States to pursue his medical education. His training includes a prestigious residency in Otorhinolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident during his final year. He also completed a facial plastic surgery fellowship under Dr. Vito Quatela, a past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Antunes comes to Austin from the Atlanta, GA, area, where he practiced after completing his fellowship training. He met Dr. Piazza five years ago and discovered they shared the same practice philosophy and core values.
“We deeply care about our patients’ outcomes and their experience,” Dr. Antunes says. “We came to realize that practicing together made complete sense because we could create a ‘one-stop-shop’ for people seeking aesthetic and reconstructive care.”
Dr. Antunes says it’s difficult to pinpoint a specific procedure that he most enjoys performing, but he’s highly regarded nationally for his rhinoplasty and facelift results. In Austin, he’ll perform all facial procedures.
“Rhinoplasty and face and neck lifts are not only challenging from a technical standpoint but can also make such an amazing difference for the patient’s quality of life,” Dr. Antunes says. “Every patient is different, and each procedure needs to be individualized based on the patient’s anatomy and cosmetic goals.”
Dr. Antunes chose to specialize in facial plastic surgery because of the many ways he can help people who are self-conscious about their appearances or who have functional issues that impede the quality of their lives.
“This field includes everything from reconstruction of congenital malformations, trauma, or skin cancers to functional and cosmetic nasal and facial surgery,” he says.
Since arriving in Austin, Dr. Antunes says he and his family have enjoyed becoming familiar with the city and surrounding area, especially Town Lake.
“Any time I’m there, or even just passing by over the bridge, I gain a sense of peace and tranquility.”
Rocco C. Piazza, M.D., FACS, and Marcelo Antunes, M.D. FACS, of The Piazza Center (www.thepiazzacenter.com) offer the most advanced procedures available to meet a wide range of cosmetic needs. Dr. Piazza graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University and then attended University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Piazza completed his plastic surgery training at the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center in Michigan under 20 board-certified plastic surgeons, including the world-renowned breast surgeon Dr. Dennis C. Hammond. This diverse training experience gave him wide exposure to many different surgical techniques in trauma reconstruction and breast and body contouring. Dr. Antunes is a double board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon. He completed a residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Both Dr. Piazza and Dr. Antunes are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Piazza is a member of the Spokespersons Network of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, representing the prestigious group by providing the media with information on a broad range of plastic surgery topics. Dr. Piazza, Dr. Antunes, and their staff are committed to healthy eating and are advocates for exercise. They have created a comfortable practice environment focused on anti-aging skin care, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation with injectables (JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic) for volume restoration, and reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.