Breast Augmentation Recovery – SF Bay Area

November 07, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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After Breast Augmentation, there is a period of recovery, and it is something that should be discussed as part of the initial consultation to see how the procedure fits in your schedule and activities. This San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog post discusses recovery from the first few days, through when you can back to normal.

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Tummy Tuck SF Bay Area Abdominoplasty

October 31, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The Tummy Tuck remains one of my most frequently performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, and one of my favorites. Plastic Surgeons have to be a bit obsessive to get the very best results. The Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, gives us the ability to not only remove fat, like Liposuction, and remove extra skin like a panniculectomy, but also allows a Plastic Surgeon to tighten the abdominal wall muscles. Tightening the abdominal muscles is the only way to tighten the foundation of the abdominal wall and obtain the flattest possible results.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – SF Bay Area

October 22, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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If you understand how breast cancer usually spreads, then the emphasis on early detection becomes clear. The sooner breast cancer is detected, the smaller it is and the less likely it is to have spread. Small tumors found in the breast early can often be cured by simply excising them. Larger tumors will be more likely to require a mastectomy, but once the tumor has left the breast, surgery alone is not enough. Additional treatment is needed to kill the cells that have escaped. Unfortunately, the more cells that have escaped, the harder it is to cure breast cancer. The goal of breast cancer awareness and early detection is to find more tumor when they are small are treatable and prevent the larger tumor that cannot be cured.

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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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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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