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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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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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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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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Melatonin and Migraine Headaches

May 29, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Melatonin has been available as a supplement in the United States since the 1990s and is often used to aid sleep and attenuate jet lag. A study in 2004 showed promising results in migraine prevention when 3 mg of melatonin was taken 1 hour prior to bedtime. This was conformed 10 years later when Melatonin was compared head-to-head-to-head with amitriptyline and placebo.

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Accredited Surgery Centers SF Bay Area

February 06, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Using only Accredited Surgery Centers is just one more way that your Plastic Surgeon can demonstrate that they care about your safety. Don’t be fooled by doctors promoting the safety of surgery done under local anesthesia. They may be masking an unaccredited facility and the inability to offer general anesthesia. Often they will offer lower prices, because accreditation may not be the only corner they are cutting.

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Maintenance of Board Certification in Plastic Surgery – SF Bay Area

October 31, 2015 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Maintenance of Board Certification or MOC As another year nears its end, it is time for the yearly Maintenance of Board Certification (MOC) 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 American Board of Surgery. […]

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Counterfeit Botox is Back Bay Area

April 25, 2015 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Botulinum Toxin remains the number one non-surgical cosmetic treatment year after year. In 2014, 3,588,218 neuromodulating wrinkle treatments were reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery alone. Botulinum Toxin Treatments were more popular than the next four nonsurgical beauty treatments combined: The Top Five Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures Botulinum Toxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Myobloc) […]

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