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Vaping, Plastic Surgery and Life

September 16, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Since this article was published a week ago, hundreds more vaping related injuries have been reported. Where is the FDA action? Cities and states have responded with restrictions designed to protect minors, and more recently adults, from this elective and sometimes deadly habit, but this is the FDA’s primary role. In the name of public safety and disease prevention, the FDA requested that Allergan stop selling textured breast implants linked to fewer and more treatable injuries which occurred over decades. There have been a greater number of more serious injuries from vaping in the last 6 weeks, where is the recall order?

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Plastic Surgery After Massive Weight Loss

September 09, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Although Bariatric Surgery can be very successful at weight reduction, it usually inadequate when it comes to skin reduction. Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery is a specialized field of plastic surgery which provides assistance in the area of body contouring after massive weight loss.

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Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery – SF Bay Area

September 02, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Breast Implant Revision Surgery is used when there is a problem with the breast implants, the capsule or the position of the implants. Todays post reviews treatment for some of the more common breast revision surgeries.

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Allergan Updates Recalled BioCell Textured Implant Warranty

August 12, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Last month Allergan® recalled every textured implant they sold in the US. Read my previous post for details about the BioCell® Textured Breast Implants Recall.

This month Allergan® has updated their warranty for the affected BioCell® Textured Breast Implants. The following information comes directly from Allergan®, and is correct at the time of publication. As with any warranty, be sure to check with Allergan® directly if you have questions about their products.

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Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) For Prominent Ears

August 05, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Otoplasty means ear changing, and it is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure used to enhance the ears, most commonly to pin back ears that stick out. It can also apply to the correction of Spock ears, Stahl’s ears, cupped ears, lop ears and even cauliflower ears. Today’s post discusses otoplasty and how ear aesthetics can be improved.

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Breast Implant Options – What Are Your choices?

July 29, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Today, Breast Implants come in different shapes, sizes and materials. For experienced board certified plastic surgeons, these are exciting options that provide us with the opportunity to customize your look and maximize your results. However, for patients, too many options can sometimes lead to overload and confusion. Today’s post will help navigate through the alternatives available for breast augmentation. There is no substitute for an in-person consultation appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Until then, the following is a brief introduction to the currently available breast implant options to get you started on your way.

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Breast Implant Revision Before and After Pictures – Capsular Contracture SF Bay Area

July 22, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Breast Implant Revision Surgery is necessary from time to time. One of the most frequent reasons for Breast Augmentation Revision is Capsular Contracture, or hardening of the breasts. Today, we explain Capsular Contracture and its treatment on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog with Before & After Pictures by Board Certified SF Bay Area Plastic Surgeon Dr. Joseph Mele.

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