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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Breast Augmentation and Pregnancy

February 12, 2017 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Breast Augmentation and pregnancy, the combination is the source of many questions in my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery Clinic. The questions center around a few themes: timing, breast feeding and how do breasts change. In this post, I review some of the details worth considering when seeking Breast Augmentation.

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When Breast Augmentation Needs A Lift | SF Bay Area

February 05, 2017 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Mastopexy Augmentation is the combination of Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift. When is Breast Augmentation alone enough? When is a Breast Lift the best choice? When should a combination of Breast Augmentation Lift be performed? It’s a big subject, and requires an in-person consultation for your specific needs, but some general rules for the procedures are explained below. There are many options, so be certain to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon before making the decision.

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Mommy Makeover SF Bay Area

December 26, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

Every Mommy Makeover includes enhancement of both the belly and the breasts. The most common combination is Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty). Other options for the breasts include: Breast Lifts, Breast Reduction and other Breast Enhancement combinations. For the belly Liposuction or Mini Tummy Tucks may be selected. The combination best for you depends on what you need, tempered by safety and predictability. More information is also available on http://www.drmele.com/mommy-makeover.html .

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Breast Augmentation Breast Lift Combined (Mastopexy Augmentation) SF Bay Area

December 10, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

Excellent Breast Enhancement is about obtaining the right size and the right shape. If your breast shape is good, more volume is all that is needed, and Breast Augmentation is usually enough to get the results you are looking for. However, when breasts are the wrong shape, bigger is not always better. For congenital deformities like Poland’s Syndrome or Tubular Breasts a Breast Implant alone is often not enough. A Breast Lift is added to reshape the breast mound and relocate the misplaced nipple.

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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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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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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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