Category: Patient Safety

2017 BI-ALCL Update (Breast Implant Associated – Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma)

February 26, 2017 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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It’s been about six months since the last San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog Breast Implant Associated – Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BI-ALCL) update. Recently, more information on the subject has become available, and it is about to be published. One article is from the United States, and the other is a global review of what is known to date. Both were recently e-published, ahead of print in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) journal, “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.” Here are the latest facts…

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – 50 Years and Counting

February 20, 2017 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery focusses on cosmetic plastic surgery. These are the procedures that I perform for my patients every day. The vast majority of the presenters are practicing, Board Certified Surgeons who do what I do. Moreover, the majority of ASAPS members are solo practitioners, who understand the balance it takes to provide quality plastic surgery, while maintaining a cutting edge education. They, too, have experience with all the demands that running a small business requires. All these factors tends to make the ASAPS meetings useful, educational and practical.

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Plastic Surgery Principles – Changes Over The Last 500 Years

January 22, 2017 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The Principles and Art of Plastic Surgery began in 1564 with famous French barber surgeon Ambroise Pare, and were refined by greats like Sir Harold Gillies and D. Ralph Millard. Dr. Millard contributed in many ways with his principles and techniques for everything from Cleft Lip repair to Double Eyelid Surgery.

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Bogus Plastic Surgeons – Buyer Beware

November 28, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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A well trained, experienced practitioner will be up-front and honest about their training and abilities, but those who are not honest may be even more convincing. You need to do your homework. Use the links above to confirm what you are being told. If it does not fit, do not commit.

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Plastic Surgery Board Certification and MOC

October 10, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Another year, another round of American Board of Plastic Surgery MOC (Maintenance of Board Certification) chores. I have two American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recognized board certifications. One is from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the second is from the The American Board of Surgery. Both represent years of training and hard work and now with the additional MOC requirements, the completion of yearly chores.

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2016 Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Award Goes To Dr. Mele

July 16, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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I am humbled to receive the 2016 Best of Walnut Creek award for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. While it is gratifying to receive such an award, especially since only one winner is selected per category for each town, the greatest satisfaction I receive as a San Francisco Bay Area Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is the thanks I get from my patients. It is a privilege to serve in this community.

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Summer’s Here – Don’t Get Burned

July 10, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Some plastic surgery problems we are born with. Disproportionate Fat, Small Breasts or Prominent Ears cannot be prevented. They are simply genetics. Other plastic surgery problems we earn, or at least aggravate. This article lists some simple steps you can take to prevent common plastic surgery problems, and live a healthier life, and some fun Bay Area recreation options to help burn those extra calories.

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