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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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Mommy Makeovers After Children (Video) | SF Bay Area

April 08, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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No matter what shape you are in before childbirth, the postpartum physique is rarely an improvement. Pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s body. Cosmetic Surgery Repairs after having children are done so frequently, there’s a name for it: Mommy Makeover. Today’s video is all about the Mommy Makeover, and its many variations.

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BIA-ALCL Special Announcement – April 4, 2019

April 04, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Special Announcement Regarding Textured Breast Implants From The ISAPS From the ISAPS: We have been informed today that the French health regulatory authorities (ANSM) have announced the following regulations regarding breast implants, and have summarized the most important information for you. You can read the full text of their announcement here. As a precautionary step, […]

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2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics

April 01, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The American Society of Plastic Surgery has released the 2018 National Plastic Surgery Statistics. The Top 10 Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures maintained their order of popularity, with the overall trend being up compared to the previous year. Below, I have listed the most popular procedures and the percentage change from the previous year.

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Cauliflower Ear Correction

March 25, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Delayed treatment for Cauliflower Ears is difficult and frustrating. Often the skin is supper-glued down to the old hematoma, which has the consistency of cement. The normal supporting architecture of the ear, the cartilage, often disintegrates from the pressure, and parts of it may not be available to support the reconstruction..

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