Arm Lifts – No Arm No Foul | SF Bay Area Brachioplasty

June 25, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

Brachioplasty literally means arm changing. The ideal candidate is healthy with a large amount of loose redundant upper arm skin. Sometimes called Bat Wings, this skin excess is not amenable to exercise, and further weight loss only exacerbates the problem. There is no skin shrinking ray to correct the problem, so the options are often either an Arm Lift or to live with it.

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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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Thigh Lifts (Thighplasty) SF Bay Area

December 19, 2015 Joseph A. Mele, MD

The Thigh Lift is a specialized cometic surgery that specifically tightens loose thigh skin. Also know as a thighplasty, the thigh lift can provide the finishing touch after weight loss. This is not a procedure that should be routinely performed for thigh skin that is a little loose. It is meant to remove redundant skin, and works best when the inner thigh skin looks less like a skin suit and more like skin drapery.

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Reconstructive Vs. Cosmetic Surgery

July 24, 2015 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne S. Carvill’s ruling gives me hope. The goal of medicine is enhance our population. By relieving physical pain with Breast Reductions or emotional pain with Breast Reconstruction, Plastic Surgeons improve the quality of our patients’ lives. This is not only true for the patients, but for their family, friends and co-workers. Happier patients are nicer to those around them and more productive citizens. The reconstructive vs. cosmetic arguments will continue; however, if more productive citizens get involved, more reconstructive surgeries can remain reconstructive.

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Gynecomastia and Male Breast Reduction Video | SF Bay Area

April 04, 2015 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Gynecomastia effects every man at some point in his life. For most the disproportionately enlarged male breast subsides spontaneously, but when it does not, it is a source of pain and embarrassment. While medical conditions can cause gynecomastia, the vast majority of cases are normal breast tissue cells, in abnormally large numbers, and surgery is the cure.

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Tummy Tucks, Breast Enhancement and Mommy Makeovers in the SF Bay Area

January 03, 2015 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Mommy Makeovers are a combination of procedures that restore what pregnancy can take away. Pregnancy can be hard on breasts and bellies, so the most common combination for a Mommy Makeover is Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck.

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