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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Mini Tummy Tucks (Mini Abdominoplasty) SF Bay Area

July 02, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

When is a Mini Tummy Tuck enough? It’s a question I answer every day. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery options for Abdominal Rejuvenation range from Liposuction to Tummy Tuck, with the Mini Tummy Tuck covering some of the middle ground. Unlike Liposuction alone, the Mini Abdominoplasty can tighten the skin and muscle wall of the lower abdomen. But a Mini Tummy Tuck doesn’t do everything a Tummy Tuck can, and it’s important to know the benefits, as well as the limitations, before proceeding.

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Mommy Makeovers SF Bay Area

May 07, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Mommy Makeovers are a combination of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that enhance, or repair, the breasts and belly. Since both areas take a hit with pregnancy, it is most commonly performed for mommies, but Mommy Makeover procedures are also performed after weight loss. Post Bariatric Surgery patients often have loose skin on their breasts and bellies, among other areas, so Mommy Makeovers are performed men too sometimes.

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Breast Augmentation SF Bay Area with Breast Implants

April 09, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

Breast Implants are used both to provide a larger bust and to augment the natural contours of the breast. The primary goal is to improve body proportions and the fit of clothing and bathing suits. Breast Implants can help when the breasts have always been small; however, the loss of breast volume after childbirth is another common reason for Breast Augmentation.

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2015 Plastic Surgery Statistics

March 20, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The numbers are in and America, you like Plastic Surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has released the data collected for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery performed in 2015, and the number of cosmetic procedures performed has increased eight-fold since I started my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery practice in 1997.

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Liposuction or Tummy Tuck SF Bay Area?

February 14, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The question of Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck is one I get every week. In fact, this week the discussion of the differences between Liposuction and Full Abominoplasty and Mini Tummy Tucks was had at least ten times. Liposuction, Tummy Tucks and Mini Abdominoplasties are not interchangeable. Each has specific indications, advantages and limitations, and they are discussed below…

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Tummy Tuck SF Bay Area (Abdominoplasty)

January 09, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

After Weight Loss, the belly often does not spring back into its original shape. The fat will go away, but skin and the abdominal muscles remain loose and redundant. They are stretched by the excess fat, and over time this over-stretching becomes permanent.

Loose Skin can remain unsightly, and lax muscle allows the abdominal contents to push the belly out. Both these problems rarely respond well to diet and exercise. Loose skin and Over-stretched Muscles cause unsightly bulges. Well after the excess pounds are lost, these continue to effect how we look and feel about our body, even in clothing.

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