Skin Tightening After Massive Weight Loss Video

Posted October 15, 2019 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction, Breast Reduction (Men), Breast Reduction (Women), Butt Lifts, Home, Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy), Mommy Makeover, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Thigh Lifts (Thighplasty), Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

Bariatric Surgery has made massive weight loss commonplace. If you have ever watched My 600-lb Life you know what I am talking about. The show also airs in Colombia under a more appropriate title: Kilos Mortales. The title translates to Deadly Kilos, putting the emphasis on the fact that excess weight is deadly.

Massive Weight

Tummy Tuck after weight loss before and after pictures

Tummy Tuck after weight loss before and after pictures – The pounds and inches are gone, but the skin that used to cover them persists. A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) tightens the abdominal muscles and removes the excess skin and fat that remain after massive weight loss.

Morbid Obesity is no joke. It is associated with multiple health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, high cholesterol and diabetes. Moreover, it makes taking care of oneself challenging. An individual is considered morbidly obese if he or she is 100 pounds over their ideal body weight, has a BMI of 40 or more, or 35 or more and experiencing obesity-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Achieving Massive Weight Loss

Chest Reduction (Male Breast Reduction) before and after pictures

Chest Reduction (Male Breast Reduction) before and after pictures – the chest can be left with excess skin too. In this case, gynecomastia reduction was combined with a skin reduction procedure to reveal a more masculine chest. The scar is in the inframammary folds under the breasts.

Before Weight Loss Surgery, losing weight depended solely on lifestyle modifications including diet and exercise. While effective, the process is slow and requires daily compliance. Today, weight loss surgery, also known as Bariatric Surgery, is an option that can significantly augment weight loss efforts. The availability of Bariatric Surgery has made massive weight loss attainable for more people.

Individuals meeting the criteria for surgical intervention have an option to help them meet their weight loss goals. Bariatric Surgery helps with weight loss in two ways. The first is mechanical and the second effects absorption. The mechanical aspect of weight loss surgery reduces intake. By making one feel full more quickly, negative feedback is provided for overindulgence. The result is that less food is consumed.

The second mechanism is decreasing the absorption of the food that is eaten. Internal bypasses are created surgically to shorten the gut and route the food past areas where it is better absorbed. By allowing food to pass through incompletely digested, the number of calories absorbed is reduced. Overall, less food is consumed and fewer calories are absorbed after Bariatric Surgery.

The Health Benefits Of Weight Loss

There are many Health Benefits associated with weight loss. Blood pressure can return to normal allowing the dose of antihypertensive medications to be decreased and sometimes even stopped. Elevated glucose levels can also decrease, which may mean stopping supplemental insulin and oral diabetes medications. As high blood pressure and diabetes come under control, the complications and mortality associated with them also decrease.

Where Did All This Skin Come From?

For many, the weight loss journey doesn’t end when the pounds disappear. When we gain weight our skin expands. The tension placed on the skin causes it to grow to cover the additional girth. Unfortunately, when we lose weight, the excess skin is not absorbed and often it does not recoil.

Mommy Makeover before and after photos

Mommy Makeover before and after photos – weight loss, like pregnancy, can lead to deflated breasts and loose bellies. The Mommy Makeover, originally designed to repair the damages of pregnancy, is modified for weight loss to provide enhancement of the breast and abdomen and create a more feminine physique.

The Excess Skin that remains after weight loss can be problematic and bothersome for Bariatric Surgery patients. Often, the residual skin becomes lax and folds upon itself causing pain, rashes and infections. Additionally, excess skin makes it challenging to find comfortable clothing and difficult to perform many activities of daily living.

Massive Tummy Tuck before and after pictures

Massive Tummy Tuck before and after pictures – This tummy tuck has been “super-sized” to address over stretching of the abdominal muscles and generous amounts of excess, redundant skin.

Excess skin of the arms, neck, chest, abdomen, back and thighs is common after massive weight loss and the reason many Bariatric Patients seek Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery to complete their transformation.

Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery

Arm lift before and after pictures

Arm lift before and after pictures – The weight is gone, but the arms still don’t fit in a sleeve. An Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) removes the excess skin and slims the arms allowing them to better fit into a sleeve.

Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery is a specialized branch of Plastic Surgery that deals with the extra skin left after weight loss. It is often referred to as skin removal surgery. Many of the procedures are similar to those used for normal amounts of weight loss or after pregnancy, but often they are modified (super-sized) to treat the enormous skin excesses seen after massive weight loss.

Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Video

Today’s video is from KRON 4’s Body Beautiful and includes many of the commonly performed Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Procedures. I perform many including: Tummy Tucks, Body Lifts, Arm Lifts, Breast Reduction, Chest Reduction, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts, Thigh Lifts, Buttock Lifts, Neck Lifts and Face Lifts. These procedures are highlighted on my web site’s Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Page and on each procedure’s specific page.

Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Consultations

The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Mele is an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, a professional society of board certified plastic surgeons specializing in skin removal surgery after massive weight loss.

If you have lost a massive amount of weight and are unhappy with excess skin, call (925) 943-6353 today to schedule a personalized consultation appointment. As a member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, I am and experienced specialist in these types of plastic surgery procedures, and would be happy to guide you through the process.

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Plastic Surgery After Massive Weight Loss

Posted September 09, 2019 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Butt Lifts, Facelift (Rhytidectomy), Home, Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy), Neck Lift (Rhytidectomy), Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Thigh Lifts (Thighplasty), Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Excessive weight can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, increased serum cholesterol and other health problems. For mild cases, diet and exercise are often effective treatment. For more severe cases weight loss surgery, Bariatric Surgery, may be recommended.

Bariatric Surgery has been proven successful for weight reduction, although proper diet and exercise are still required. Patients can lose tens to hundreds of pounds. Despite the fat is loss, excess skin often remains. Since it is uncommon for the skin to shrink sufficiently to the new body contours, patients often still feel uncomfortable with their appearance. Often, Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery is requested to remove the excess skin.

Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery Before And Afters

Extended Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery

Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery specializes in skin reduction after massive weight loss. Above, Extended Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures show tightening of the abdominal wall and removal of the excess skin and fat from the abdominal wall and flanks.

Tummy Tuck Before and Afters

This post has several examples of Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery. The Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery Before And After Pictures above show what an extended Tummy Tuck can do. Tummy Tucks after massive weight loss are similar to abdominoplasty after pregnancy, but often need to be extended. The ultimate extended tummy tuck goes all the way around the trunk and is called a lower body lift

Arm Lift Before and Afters

Arm Lift Before and After Pictures - Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery

An Arm Lift, also called a Brachioplasty, removes the excess skin that remains after weight loss.

Arm Lifts are another common Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery. It is especially helpful in cases with redundant upper arm skin that makes it uncomfortable or impossible to wear normal sleeves.

Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift Before and Afters

Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift Before and After Pictures

After massive weight loss, the breasts often sag and appear deflated. Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift can help restore the breasts to a more youthful and attractive state.

Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift (Mastopexy) surgery can help restore the breasts after childbirth and weight loss. The combination is particularly helpful after massive weight loss. A Breast Implant can restore volume, while a breast lift corrects sagging. When combined, the procedure is called Mastopexy Augmentation.

Breast Reduction for Men

Breast reduction for Men, also known as Gynecomastia Reduction usually involves removing fat and glandular tissue from behind the nipple. After massive weight loss, however, excess chest skin is very common and leads to sagging of the breasts. In the Breast Reduction Before and After Pictures below, simply removing the excess tissue from the breasts would leave the chest skin empty and saggy.

Gynecomastia Reduction Before and After Pictures

Male Breast Reduction after massive weight loss - post-bariatric plastic surgery  before and after pictures

The Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery before and after pictures above show male breast reduction with removal of excess skin via an incision along the bottom of the breasts.

Skin removal for Breast Reduction is almost always needed for women, but rarely required for men. When it is necessary, it is almost always in association with massive weight loss like that seen after Bariatric Surgery. In the case above, the excess skin was removed via incisions placed in the fold under the breasts. If the nipples are below the fold, repositioning the nipples higher onto the chest is recommended for optimal results.

Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery Consultations

If you have had Bariatric Surgery or have lost a lot of weight and are bothered by the excess skin that remains, consider a consultation for Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery. In the San Francisco Bay Area call (925) 943-6353 to schedule a private consultation appointment. As a member of the American Society of Post Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, it is an area of Plastic Surgery in which I have experience and interest.

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The Arm Lift (Video) | San Francisco Bay Area

Posted April 22, 2019 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Videos

Brachioplasty removes excess skin and fat creating a tighter, smaller upper arm.

Brachioplasty removes excess skin and fat creating a tighter, smaller upper arm.

Arm Lifts and Brachioplasty

Arm Reduction is a combination of arm fat reduction and arm skin tightening. Both weight loss and liposuction reduce the fat on the upper arms, but neither tightens loose skin. Loose arm skin is a very common problem after bariatric surgery or significant weight loss and can be a source of embarrassment and discomfort for many patients. Arm Lifts or Brachioplasty improve the appearance of the arms by removing fat and tightening excess skin. The result is a slimmer upper arm which fits much better in clothing.

Arm Lift Video (Brachioplasty)

The above Arm Lift Video is from a recent segment of my Body Beautiful television show. The show airs on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. The techniques for Brachioplasty, including scar placement and recovery are reviewed, and many examples of the procedure are illustrated with Arm Lift Before and After Photos.

What Does An Arm Lift Do?

Arm lifts allow for the reduction and tightening of the upper arm, and restore the normal arm proportions after weight loss.

Arm lifts allow for the reduction and tightening of the upper arm, and restore the normal arm proportions after weight loss.

Arm Lifts remove excess skin from the upper arm. The larger the amount of skin, the more dramatic and satisfying the result. The procedure is normally performed under anesthesia, and leaves a scar in the inner part of the arm. A special arm compression garment is worn for several weeks after the procedure to help ensure the best possible result.

Arm Lift Consultations

Arm Lifts are for people who have excessive upper arm skin and who are bothered when their arm does not stop waving when they do.

Arm Lifts are for people who have excessive upper arm skin and who are bothered when their arm does not stop waving when they do.

Arm Lifts are not the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, so it is important to find an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your Brachioplasty. As a member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgery, I am dedicated to quality results for my post-weight loss patients. To schedule a private, informative consultation, tailored specifically to your needs, call (925) 943-6353.

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Massive Gynecomastia Reductions – SF Bay Area

Posted January 14, 2019 in Areolar Reduction, Breast Asymmetry, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reduction, Breast Reduction (Men), Daddy Makeover, Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

Gynecomastia Reduction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for men. Over the last 20 years, the number of Gynecomastia Reductions performed has increased 50% – from twenty-thousand in the year 2000 to thirty-thousand procedures last year. However, the examples I am sharing today are not your typical gynecomastia reductions.

Gynecomastia Reduction after Massive Weight Loss is a different operation than the typical gynecomastia reduction. The large amount of excess skin and extremely low nipple position require special attention to detail and appropriate treatment to achieve a great result. This patient had chest skin reduction (a male breast lift), reduction and repositioning of his nipples along with a tummy tuck to restore his physique after impressive weight loss.

Gynecomastia Reduction after Massive Weight Loss is a different operation than the typical gynecomastia reduction. The large amount of excess skin and extremely low nipple position require special attention to detail and appropriate treatment to achieve a great result. This patient had chest skin reduction (a male breast lift), reduction and repositioning of his nipples along with a tummy tuck to restore his physique after impressive weight loss.

Types of Gynecomastia Reductions

Male Breast Reduction techniques vary depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. Small lumps of firm glandular tissue located beneath the nipple/areola complex (NAC) can be excised directly via a small incision around the edge of the areolae. Large reductions may also require liposuction to remove excess fat (aka pseudogynecomastia). Gynecomastia reduction associated with loose skin, or sagging nipples, is more challenging and is the topic of today’s Massive Gynecomastia Reduction Video. This situation is most commonly seen after large weight loss from either Bariatric Surgery or a change in lifestyle resulting in massive weight loss.

Massive Gynecomastia Reduction Video

The following Plastic Surgery Video Presentation shows several methods of Extreme Gynecomastia Reduction. These are common Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery techniques, but are not the most common methods used for routine Male Breast Reduction. This segment is taken from my TV show Body Beautiful which airs on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4.

Post-Bariatric Male Chest Reduction with Tummy Tuck

The goal of Bariatric Surgery is weight loss and the health improvements that come along with it. The improvement, and sometimes the resolution, of diabetes and high blood pressure are frequently seen after weight loss.

On the other hand, massive weight loss also usually leaves behind a large amount of excess skin, and this continues to makes it difficult for patients to feel comfortable. Even with the loss of mass, redundant skin makes finding clothes that are flattering and which fit well difficult.

A massive amount of excess skin is apparent on the trunk of the patient below. His chest is deflated and overhangs laterally, and even in clothes, it looks like he has breasts. His abdominal skin excess is uncomfortable and a nuisance, especially at the belt-line.

Body Lift after massive weight loss including: chest reduction (massive gynecomastia reduction), areolar reduction, breast lift and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). The early scars are more noticeable in the first several weeks to months after surgery, but will continue to improve and fade during the year or two after surgery.

Body Lift after massive weight loss including: chest reduction (massive gynecomastia reduction), areolar reduction, breast lift and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). The early scars are more noticeable in the first several weeks to months after surgery, but will continue to improve and fade during the year or two after surgery.

A combination of Gynecomastia Reduction with skin excision and a Tummy Tuck was used to redefine his trunk. The scars beneath his chest are still healing and will fade with time. There is another scar running below the belt-line which allowed for the tightening of his abdominal muscles and removal of his skin laxity. When loose skin extends all the way around the waist, a Lower Body Lift is often the procedure of choice.

Gynecomastia Reduction Revision Surgery

Gynecomastia Reduction Revision Surgery is perhaps the most challenging of all Gynecomastia surgery. In the case below, the patient complained of still having breast fullness after a previous Male Breast Reduction. He had bottoming out of his chest skin resulting in the appearance of breasts in clothing. Paradoxically, he also has severe indentation of his nipples from the previous resection. This can happen when a large amount of breast tissue is removed.

The patient shown below was treated with skin excision and restoration of volume beneath his nipples to smooth his contour both in and out of clothing. Like the patient above, he has scars located beneath the breasts, but these have faded over time.

This patient had gynecomastia surgery prior to presenting to my office. Revision gynecomastia surgery was performed including restoration of volume beneath the nipples (left > right) and resection of the excess skin that remained along the lower chest. His scars have had time to heal and are less noticeable; however, individual results will vary.

This patient had gynecomastia surgery prior to presenting to my office. Revision gynecomastia surgery was performed including restoration of volume beneath the nipples (left > right) and resection of the excess skin that remained along the lower chest. His scars have had time to heal and are less noticeable; however, individual results will vary.

Gynecomastia surgery can be rewarding and build self confidence. Prior to surgery, his sunburn was confined to the open collar area of his chest. After surgery, he was confident in his appearance and went shirtless. The unfortunate result was a burn to his entire chest. He got the sunscreen lecture, but I was also happy that he finally felt comfortable in his own skin.

You have heard it before and will hear it here again on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog. Use of appropriate sun protection is recommended to help prevent skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. In the postoperative period, sun protection is especially important to help prevent the scars from tanning, turning dark and becoming more noticeable.

Breast Reduction for Men Consultations

As mentioned previously, the type of Male Breast Reduction shown above is usually only necessary after massive weight loss. There are exceptions, however, and I have had to perform this surgical variation for men after hormone therapy for prostate cancer and also for a gentleman whose breast enlarged massively with CoolSculpting®. Though rare, Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) after CoolSculpting® is definitely not cool.

If you count yourself among the 33% of men who continue to have Gynecomastia after puberty, and you would like to learn exactly what treatment options are available for you, call (925) 943-6353 today, to schedule a private consultation appointment. You can also submit your questions via the contact form on this page.

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Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery Video – SF Bay Area

Posted April 22, 2018 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Home, Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy), Mommy Makeover, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

Post-Weight Loss Plastic Surgery Video

Massive weight loss will shrink our volume, but does not reliably shrink our skin. In the before and after pictures above, breast volume is restored with breast implants. Sagging breast skin is tightened with a breast lift.  Excess abdominal skin is removed, and the belly bulge caused by stretched out abdominal muscles is flattened by tightening the muscle sheath.

Massive weight loss will shrink our volume, but does not reliably shrink our skin. In the before and after pictures above, breast volume is restored with breast implants. Sagging breast skin is tightened with a breast lift. Excess abdominal skin is removed, and the belly bulge caused by stretched out abdominal muscles, is flattened by tightening the muscle sheath.

Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery is Plastic Surgery after Massive Weight Loss. Whether this is after a lifestyle change or after Bariatric Surgery, the amount of skin that persists after weight loss is often large and frustrating. This Post-Weight Loss Plastic Surgery Video reviews several of the most common treatments including: Lower Body Lifts, Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts and Arm Lifts. The results of Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery are illustrated and narrated in this video with before and after pictures, which describe and demonstrate what Board Certified Plastic Surgeons can do for the skin excess that often occurs after weight loss.

Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery Video

Extremity Tightening Procedures

The majority of skin tightening procedures performed after weight loss are for the trunk; however, the face, arms and legs can also develop excess skin. Face Lifts (Rhytidectomy), Arm Lifts (Brachioplasty) and Thigh Lifts can help with excess skin on the face/neck, upper arm and thighs. Below is an example of an arm lift.

Brachioplasty literally means arm changing. An arm lift can change the way an arm looks, feels and fits into sleeves.

Brachioplasty literally means arm changing. An arm lift can change the way an arm looks, feels and fits into sleeves.

Brachioplasty changes the arm by removing the excess skin that often hangs off the upper arm after weight loss. The skin is removed from the lower border of the upper arm, leaving a scar along the bottom of the arm. This is the only procedure that can remove large amounts of excess skin.

Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Consultations

As an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, post bariatric plastic surgery is an area in which I specialize.

The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was formed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in skin tightening after massive weight loss.

The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was formed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in skin tightening after massive weight loss.

When searching for an experienced post-weight loss plastic surgeon, be certain to look for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additionally, members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery specialize in the cosmetic side of plastic surgery, and members of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons demonstrate additional dedication to the cosmetic side of post-bariatric plastic surgery.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to learn more about your skin reduction options after weight loss, call (925) 943-6353, to schedule your private consultation appointment.

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Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifts Combined – SF Bay Area

Posted April 09, 2018 in Breast Asymmetry, Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Videos

Aesthetic Breast Surgery

Breast Augmentation Lift combines the Breast Enlargement of Breast Augmentation with the firming and shaping abilities of a Breast Lift.

Breast Augmentation Lift combines the Breast Enlargement of Breast Augmentation with the firming and shaping abilities of a Breast Lift.

The desire for the Best Breast can be divided into two areas: The best size and the best shape. This Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Video discusses combining a breast lift with a breast implant. The procedure allows your plastic surgeon to maximize your results when both shape and size need modification.

Breast Augmentation Lift Video (Mastopexy Augmentation)

This Body Beautiful video segment from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4, reviews Breast Lifts combined with Breast Implants and illustrates the benefits of Augmentation Mastopexy with numerous Breast Aug Lift Before and After Photos.

Breast Size

The ideal breast size varies from patient to patient, and it is important to recognize that the more you do your homework in determining what size makes you happy, the easier it will be for your plastic surgeon to give you the result you desire. Most patients request a cup size in the C plus to D minus range, but you should try it out at home, first.

Buy a bra the size you feel you want to be and stuff it. Ziplock bags filled with rice are a simple way to adjust your breast volume. Try it with different clothing to see how you like it. Do your normal activities, and see how it works. Also, think about your overall body size and your activity level. Marathon runners often go smaller, to avoid the added weight and momentum.

Breast size is determined by the volume of breast tissue you have now, plus the volume of the breast implant. When you have a good shape, Breast Augmentation alone is used to enlarge the breasts to the desired size. For most women this is the procedure of choice. When the breasts are saggy, asymmetrical or tubular, a breast lift may be recommended to improve the overall esthetic of the breasts.

Breast Augmentation Lift Before and After Pictures

Deflated, post child birth or post weight loss breasts can be lifted, tightened and enlarged with the breast enhancing Mastopexy Augmentation. Larger lifts require longer scars. In this case, the healing vertical scar is seen on the lower pole of the breast. After this breast augmentation mastopexy, the breasts are fuller, firmer and lifted.

Deflated, post child birth or post weight loss breasts can be lifted, tightened and enlarged with the breast enhancing Mastopexy Augmentation. Larger lifts require longer scars. In this case, the healing vertical scar is seen on the lower pole of the breast. After this breast augmentation mastopexy, the breasts are fuller, firmer and lifted.

Breast Shape

The ideal breast shape also varies from patient to patient. Most patients desire perky, teardrop shaped breasts. A Breast Lift reshapes the breasts by removing excess skin, lifting and firming the breast mound. When the upper pole of the breast is empty, a breast implant is used to add volume. A Breast Implant can balance the upper and lower halves of the breast, or it can enlarge the entire breast.

Breast Lifts come in many sizes. The most common are periareolar (around the areola/nipple), vertical (lollipop) and inverted T (anchor or keyhole). The amount of lifting needed determines the type of lift recommended. It is always desirable to choose the smallest lift expected to work. Smaller lifts come with shorter scars, but they lift less. Be sure to consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon near you to learn what is recommended for your particular needs.

Breast Augmentation Lift Consultations

When considering Breast Augmentation, with or without a Breast Lift, be certain to consult an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. They can explain your options and select the procedure most likely to get you the results you want in the safest and most predictable manner. Call (925) 943-6353 and schedule a personalized consultation appointment, today.

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Thigh Lift Video (Thighplasty) SF Bay Area

Posted July 01, 2017 in Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Thigh Lifts (Thighplasty), Videos

The Thigh Lift was performed about 10,000 times last year in the United States alone. It is a specialized procedure that is almost exclusively performed after weight loss or bariatric surgery. As Thighplasty techniques have improved, its popularity has increased. The number of Thigh Lifts performed is up 8% this year compared to last year and up 87% since the year 2000.

Thigh Lifts are most often performed after massive weight loss or bariatric surgery. They can be combined with other skin tightening procedures, such as an abdominoplasty in this case.

Thigh Lifts are most often performed after massive weight loss or bariatric surgery. They can be combined with other skin tightening procedures, such as an abdominoplasty in this case.

Thighplasty Techniques (Thigh Lift)

There are two main techniques used for the Thigh Lift. For reduction of upper inner thigh skin redundancy an Upper Thigh Lift is performed using an incision that wraps around the upper thigh from the groin, along the top of the thighs and underneath the buttocks. This keeps the scar high on the thigh and allows for maximum upper thigh tightening.

The Medial Thigh Lift uses a scar running down the inside of the thigh from the top to the knee. This scar is more exposed than the scar from an upper thigh lifts; however, it can tighten the skin at the knees better. Which type of lift will work best for you depends on where the skin is loose. The following video discusses more Thigh Lift Details.

Thigh Lift Video (Thighplasty)

Thigh Lift Presentation

The Thigh Lift Video Presentation above is a segment from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4’s, Body Beautiful. The show discusses the latest in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, and the topic for the day was Thigh Lifts. Thighplasty Before and After Pictures are displayed and narrated, to demonstrate how the procedure is performed and the results that can be obtained. Individual results will vary depending on the amount of skin laxity, amount of thigh fat that remains and the elasticity of your skin.

Thighplasty Consultations

The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was formed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in skin tightening after massive weight loss.

The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was formed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in skin tightening after massive weight loss.

If you are seeking a Thigh Lift, be certain to discuss your goals with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who is familiar with Postbariatric Plastic Surgery. As an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons (ASBPS), post weight loss skin tightening is an area in which I specialize.

If you are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and would like to schedule a personalized consultation appointment for a Thigh Lift, or another Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedure, call (925) 943-6353 today.

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Breast Augmentation Lifts – Breast Lifts with Implants – SF Bay Area

Posted June 17, 2017 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Videos

Breast Augmentation adds volume, while Breast Lifts reshape. What happens when you put them together? You get Cosmetic Plastic Surgery that can enhance both breast volume and shape.

Breast Augmentation adds volume, while Breast Lifts reshape. What happens when you put them together? You get Cosmetic Plastic Surgery that can enhance both breast volume and shape.

Total Breast Enhancement – Breast Aug and Breast Lift

Sometimes a Breast Implant or a Breast Lift alone is not enough to get the results we want. The combination of Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift, or Augmentation Mastopexy, is used when breast sagging is combined with a loss of breast volume. Board Certified, San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph Mele, discusses the nuances of Breast Augmentation Combined With Breast Lift on this episode of Body Beautiful, a live television show dedicated to the latest in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery news for the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Breast Lift With Breast Implants Video

Combining Breast Lifts With Breast Implants

After pregnancy or significant weight loss, Breast Augmentation is combined with Breast Lifts as much as 40% of the time.

Breast Implants Make Breasts Larger

Everyone knows that Breast Implants make breasts bigger. It’s a simple concept. Adding volume behind the breast tissue, often behind the pectoralis muscle, enlarges the breasts you have. While the size of the breast changes, the shape does not. It simply inflates the skin you have.

Breast Lifts Make Breasts Perkier

Breast Lifts (Mastopexies), on the other had, are all about breast shape. Lifts do not make breasts bigger or smaller. Breast Lifts reshape the skin envelope. Mastopexies reposition the nipples/areolae into a more attractive position and reduce the amount of breast tissue that sags below the IMF (inframammary fold).

Breast Augmentation Lift Consultations

The subtleties of the procedures, whether considered separate or together, are beyond the scope of one San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog post, though you will find other posts on the topic here and on my other web sites. But rather than learning everything there is to know about both, why not learn about the aspects of the procedure that apply to your body?

Breast Augmentation Lift Consultations are the best way, and really the only way, to get the information specific to your needs. They focus on your breasts and your goals. You won’t waste time learning about options that won’t do what you want, and you will learn what to expect from the procedures that are most likely to help you.

If you would like to schedule a personalized and private Breast Enhancement Consultation, call my office today at (925) 943-6353. Get specific information that is tailored to address your needs, not generic information meant for the masses.

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Arm Lift San Francisco Bay Area (Brachioplasty)

Posted March 26, 2017 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Videos

Excess arm skin can be uncomfortable both physically and emotionally. The Arm Lift, or Brachioplasty, removes excess skin from the upper arm. This Arm Lift Video Presentation reviews many of the frequently asked questions and illustrates the possible results with expertly narrated Brachioplasty Before and After Pictures . All Arm Lift Before and After photos are actual patients of Dr. Joseph Mele, San Francisco Bay Area Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Walnut Creek, California.

The above Arm Lift Before and After Photos demonstrate what a Brachioplasty can do. Excess skin is removed, leaving the arm tight, firm and with a more muscular contour.

The above Arm Lift Before and After Photos demonstrate what a Brachioplasty can do. Excess skin is removed, leaving the arm tight, firm and with a more muscular contour.

Arm Lift Video (Brachioplasty)

The Arm Lift Video below is a recent segment from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4’s, Body Beautiful. Host Janelle Marie and I discuss the Brachioplasty procedure, including the available options and the recovery period. Arm Lift Before and After Photos are used to show what the procedure can do on real patients.

As an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons (ASBPS), contouring the body after weight loss is one of my specialties. Whether you have had Bariatric Surgery, or have lost weight with consistent diet and exercise, this video has something to offer.

Arm Lift Scars

The usual Arm Lifts incision runs along the inner arm, from the elbow to the armpit (axilla). The placement options are reviewed in the Brachioplasty Video above. If you have a small amount of skin laxity, which is located close to the axilla, a Mini Brachioplasty, with the scar located in the axilla, may be possible. If your arm skin is already firm, and the problem is disproportionate fat, Liposuction alone may be your best option.

The above Arm Lift before and after pictures demonstrate how careful scar placement enhances the results. In this case, the excess skin was removed using a scar that runs from the inside of the elbow to the back of the armpit. Even with the elbow rotated backward, the scar is still hidden along the lower border of the arm.

The above Arm Lift before and after pictures demonstrate how careful scar placement enhances the results. In this case, the excess skin was removed using an incision that runs from the inside of the elbow to the back of the armpit. Even with the elbow rotated backward, the scar is still hidden along the lower border of the arm.

Arm Lift Consultations (Brachioplasty)

There are several options for Arm Rejuvenation. To find out what your Arm Lifting choices are, call (925) 943-6353 and schedule a private, personalized consultation in our Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office. If loose arm skin is bothering you, learn what treatments are available from an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

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Arm Lifts – No Arm No Foul | SF Bay Area Brachioplasty

Posted June 25, 2016 in Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Home, Post-Bariatric Surgery (After Weight Loss), Videos

Big Arms are a big deal. I’m not talking about the “big guns” produced by lifting weights. I’m talking about loosing weight, getting in shape and still having big arms due to loose, flabby skin. This is a common problem for anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight. Some people are born with large arms and loose skin, but many of my Arm Lift patients have lost weight through diet and exercise or after bariatric surgery. For them, the larger the weight loss, the bigger the problem.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Brachioplasty literally means arm changing. The ideal candidate is healthy, with a large amount of loose, redundant upper arm skin. Sometimes called Bat Wings, this skin excess is not amenable to exercise, and further weight loss only exacerbates the problem. There is no skin shrinking ray, so the options are often either an Arm Lift or to live with it.

Arm Lift Video (Brachioplasty)

Below is a recent Body Beautiful segment dedicated to Arm Reduction surgery from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. This Brachioplasty Video answers many of the frequently asked questions about Arm Lifts and reviews the results that some of my patients have received. The information provided is accurate, but cannot be considered medical advice. An in-person consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is always recommend prior to choosing a treatment plan.

Arm Lift Before and After Pictures

The above Arm Lift Video includes many Brachioplasty Before and After Pictures. From arm to arm there are differences in appearance, so the Arm Lift is adapted to your unique needs. There is no substitution for an in-person evaluation, but additional Arm Lift Information is available here on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog and on my main web site’s Arm Lift Page.

Arm Lift Consultations

If you want to know more about your options for Arm Reduction, call (925) 943-6353 today and schedule your personalized Arm Lift Consultation. A focused physical examination and medical history are how we start. If you are a candidate, the risks, benefits, procedure, alternatives, limitations and recovery of the Arm Lift are reviewed in detail, so that you can make an informed decision.

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