Breast Augmentation Before and Afters In The San Francisco Bay Area

June 10, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Year after year, Breast Augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in the United States. This is true in the San Francisco Bay Area also. Common reasons include congenitally small or misshapen breasts and changes in the breasts seen after weight loss, pregnancy and breast feeding. Today, we will review a few examples.

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2018 ASAPS Plastic Surgery Statistics

June 03, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Two months ago, I posted about the release of the 2018 National Plastic Surgery Statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgery. Today, I have the 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. According to the ASAPS, the Top 10 Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures are the same as last year’s; […]

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Memorial Day 2019

May 27, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Currently, there are over 23 million living veterans in the US, and 17 million of them are war veterans. These are people who put their lives on hold to serve their country and protect our freedom. About 10% bear the physical wounds of their service, and many more have wounds which are less apparent, but just as real. If you have any doubt about what service means, I encourage to visit the National World War II museum in New Orleans. Every veteran has made a significant contribution, so I say to all veterans, “Thank you for your service.”

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Plastic Surgery Recovery and RICE Therapy

May 20, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Every procedure has specific post-operative instructions, and your plastic surgeon will provide you with post-operative instructions paired to the specific methods that they employ during your surgery. Additionally, it goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. If you choose an experienced board certified plastic surgeon because you trust them and you like the results they achieve, the best course of action is to do things their way. On the other hand, all surgery is a form of injury, and the common acronym for treating injuries is RICE. RICE stands for: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. All four can help ease discomfort and speed your recovery, when used appropriately. Here are the details…

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BIA-ALCL Special Announcement – May 3, 2019

May 03, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Yesterday, the U.S. FDA spelled out the reasons why textured breast implants will remain on the market in the U.S.. Excerpts from the announcement are included below, but first what do we currently know about BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma), and what are these decisions being based upon?

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Cosmetic Ear Surgery Video (Otoplasty) in the San Francisco Bay Area

April 29, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Otoplasty means ear changing. It encompasses a collection of cosmetic ear procedures designed to restore or create normal anatomy. It can also be life changing for those embarrassed by their prominent ears. This otoplasty video included in this post shows examples of what cosmetic ear surgery can do. Dr. Joseph Mele explains otoplasty on this segment from Body Beautiful as seen on KRON 4, the San Francisco Bay Area’s news station.

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The Arm Lift (Video) | San Francisco Bay Area

April 22, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The arm lift (brachioplasty) is often performed after weight loss. Unlike liposuction, which can remove excess and disproportionate fat from the upper arm, brachioplasty tightens the skin. This Arm Lift Video presentation shows numerous before and after pictures and narrates them with tips on the procedure, scar location and recovery. Dr. Mele is an active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery and specializes in post weight loss plastic surgery like tummy tucks, breast enhancement, arm lifts and thigh lifts.

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Breast Augmentation With A Breast Lift (Video) – SF Bay Area

April 15, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Breast Enhancement surgery has two aesthetic components: size and shape. Breast size is increased with Breast Augmentation and reduced with Breast Reduction. Breast shape is adjusted with the Breast Lift. There are many options for adjusting both size and shape, and today’s video is an introduction to the most versatile of all the Cosmetic Breast Enhancement procedures, Mastopexy Augmentation — the combination of Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift.

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