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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Liposuction Video – SF Bay Area Plastic Surgery

January 07, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Liposuction can improve body proportions from head to calf. In this video from KRON 4’s Body Beautiful, San Francisco Bay Area, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph Mele explains and shows examples of his work. Liposuction of the abdomen, thighs, arms and back are narrated with before and after pictures.

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Breast Reduction Video – Reduction Mammoplasty SF Bay Area

December 31, 2018 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Today, I am posting the latest episode of KRON 4’s Body Beautiful. This video segment continues where the last post left off, discussing Breast Reduction for Women. This Breast Reduction Video Presentation contains: Information about reduction mammoplasty; Reduction mammoplasty before and after pictures; Descriptions of how breast reduction is performed; Several options for breast reduction; Recovery information and tips for after reduction mammoplasty surgery; and Narration of many specific examples of breast reduction.

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Breast Reduction Mammoplasty – SF Bay Area Plastic Surgery

December 17, 2018 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Breast Reduction Surgery Breast Reduction is one of the most rewarding plastic surgery procedures I perform. While the Reduction Mammoplasty is a procedure that often provides aesthetic improvement, it is more commonly performed to reduce the symptoms associated with large breasts. Reasons For Breast Reduction Surgery Each patient is different, so Breast Reduction is customized […]

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Eyelid Lifts and Double Eyelid Surgery Video Presentation | SF Bay Area

November 07, 2018 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Eyelid Surgery is one of the most meticulous of all cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. While the operation can be performed safely and reproducibly, even under local anesthesia when desired, you can improve the chances of a good result by seeking an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Oculoplastic Surgeon

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