Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) for Prominent Ears

March 18, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Prominent Ears can be a source of embarrassment for many patients; however, we are happy to offer a solution. Otoplasty, literally means ear changing, and it is a common cosmetic plastic surgery procedure which “pins” the ears back. By bringing the ears closer to the head, Ear Pinning allows for the enjoyment of shorter hair cuts and ponytails, and can be a huge confidence builder for those that worry about sticky-out ears.

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Breast Augmentation With A Lift | SF Bay Area

March 11, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Breast Augmentation makes breast larger, while the Breast Lift makes them perky. Sometimes, the combination is needed to get the best result. Studies show as many as 40% of women who have Breast Augmentation after pregnancy also need a lift.

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Mommy Makeovers – Breast and Belly Rejuvenation

March 04, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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There is no denying that breasts and bellies take a hit with pregnancy. Mommy Makeovers rejuvenate both the breasts and the belly, to restore your pre-pregnancy body. In today’s post, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph Mele MD, reviews all your options.

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BIA-ALCL Update 2019

February 25, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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What we know about Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is evolving. As more cases are identified, we learn more. Right now, there are too few cases to know many of the specifics; however, today II will go over the data currently available

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Gummy-Bear Breast Implants Have Taken Over

February 04, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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When discussing Gummy-Bear Breast Implants, the term “Gummy-Bear” refers to the filling in the center of the implant, not the shape. Gummy-bear candies are soft, and if you have ever bitten one in half, they are solid. Gummy-bear breast implants are similar. Unlike older silicone breast implants, if you cut a gummy-bear breast implant in half, it behaves like a solid and remains as two intact domes. Like the gummy-bear candy, the center does not flow. In my San Francisco Bay Area office I have a gummy-bear implant which I sliced in half years ago that has a cut surface which continues to remain smooth, flat and intact. The Gummy bear implants offer the safety and predictability that I want for my patients, with a softer result.

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Silicone Breast Implant Warranty Comparisons

January 28, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Every few years, the US FDA approved breast implant manufactures update their Breast Implant Warranties. They have long covered breast implant deflation; however, the latest round of updates include longer coverage for breast implant replacement and enhanced coverage for specific situations that may occur after Breast Augmentation with Silicone Gel Filled Breast Implants. Expanded coverage now includes Capsular Contracture, late seroma formation, double capsule formation and BIA-ALCL. Below I compare warranties offered by the three US breast implant makes: Allergan, Sientra and Mentor, in the three major areas of coverage: Capsular Contracture, Rupture and Seroma Formation. It is important to state that these are the current offerings, and that they may change without notification. You should check with the manufacturer directly for the latest information. Additionally, newer coverage is limited to newer implants, so you need to know the manufacturer, type of implant and the date of your surgery in order to determine which warranty applies to your implants.

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Chin Augmentation with Chin Implants – SF Bay Area

January 21, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Chin Augmentation balances the lower face when the chin is small or weak. The most common method for Chin Augmentation places a Chin Implant on the front surface of the mandible (the lower jaw bone). This pushes the soft tissue of the chin forward and can improve facial harmony by creating balance between the upper and lower face. Chin Augmentation is most commonly used in cases where the front of the chin is located behind the front of the lips when viewed on profile.

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Massive Gynecomastia Reductions – SF Bay Area

January 14, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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These are not your typical gynecomastia reductions. Gynecomastia surgery is male breast reduction surgery. Most commonly, the outpatient procedure is a combination of liposuction to removed excess fat and direct excision of excess glandular tissue. In these cases, as is common after massive weight loss, excess skin is also a problem. Board Certified San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph A. Mele, MD, FACS, discussed whaat can be done for men and women after bariatric surgery or any massive weight loss to tighten the skin and shape up the body. This segment originally aired on KRON 4’s Body Beautiful

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