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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Asian Eyelid Surgery | SF Bay Area Blepharoplasty

October 01, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

You don’t have to be a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to see that the Asian and Occidental eyelids have different shapes. These differences are directly related to ethnic changes found in the Eyelid Anatomy. While the goals of Blepharoplasty are often the same, the techniques to achieve these goals must be modified for differences in the anatomy between Occidental and Asian Eyelids.

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Gynecomastia Reduction SF Bay Area (Man Boobs)

September 17, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

Man Boobs can affect men at every stage of life. All men are all born with them, due to the effects or maternal estrogen on the male breasts. This usually resolves in a few months, but can persist. The most common timing of Gynecomastia is during adolescence. With puberty comes hormone surges that can lead to Male Breast Development. The problem impacts about two-thirds of young men. For half these men, the swelling resolves over a year or two. For about one third of men, the breast tissue persists, and can become tender, annoying and embarrassing. Some men will not develop Moobs (Man Boobs) until later in life, and often as a side-effect of medications.

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Breast Implant Revision Video – SF Bay Area

September 11, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

Breast Augmentation Revision is a specialty unto itself. It includes any Breast Implant Revision for breast implant replacement, deflation or for a change in size or style. Other reasons for Breast Augmentation Revision include correction of capsular contracture and breast implant malposition like bottoming out, symmastia (uniboob), lateral displacement and double bubble.

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Body Beautiful On KRON4 Wednesday At Noon – Live

September 04, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Attention Plastic Surgery Television viewers. Body Beautiful will be broadcast live on KRON4 this Wednesday, September 7, 2016, At Noon – Live. So tune-in to get the latest Plastic Surgery News, and see if I get it right on the first take. Plastic Surgery Topics Will Include… This week’s show will be thirty minutes packed […]

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Bogus Breast Implants – PIP President Goes To Jail

August 28, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Poly Implant Protheses, PIP for short, had their Breast Implants banned in 2010, after it was revealed that industrial grade silicone was being used, rather than the medical grade silicone that has passed safety tests for use in a human body. Plastic surgeon were aware there was a problem long before this, because the PIP Breast Implants leaked about ten times as often as FDA approved breast implants.

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Male Breast Reduction – Gynecomastia Surgery – SF Bay Area

August 20, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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More men are having Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. Since starting my practice in 1997, the number of cosmetic procedures performed among men has increased over 325%, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Liposuction remains the number one requested procedure; however Male Breast Reduction, or Gynecomastia Reduction, has the fastest growth rate.

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Rio, Ivo and passing the Plastic Surgery Torch

August 13, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Olympic cauldron was lit at the Maracana Stadium on Aug. 5, 2016. One of torch bearers on this the final day was Brazilian Plastic Surgeon, Ivo Pitanguy. Dr. Pitanguy was as much a national symbol of Brazil’s excellence in Plastic Surgery as he was a hero for his care of many of the victims of the The Niterói Circus Fire. , 70% of the approximately 3000 in the audience were children. He credits this experience with teaching him that for many, physical appearance was critical to living. The day after helping light the Olympic Torch, his own light extinguished. At the age of 93, he suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Rio de Janeiro.

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Prominent Ears – There’s An Otoplasty For That SF Bay Area

August 07, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Ear Pinning is an outpatient procedure. The majority of the work is accomplished through an incision placed in the crease behind the ear. Thin, strong sutures are used to bend and hold the ear cartilage in it’s new, folded back position. As with most of plastic surgery, the goal just enough reduction, but not too much. The amount of Ear Pinning can be modified by adjusting the placement of the sutures and by scoring the cartilage along the desired path of bending.

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