Cosmetic plastic surgery is all about paying attention to ratios. When the areolae are too big for the breast, the result can be unattractive and a source of insecurity. Disproportionately large areolae affect both women and men. They may be an inherited trait or the result of stretching from pregnancy, heavy breasts or weight gain. Areola Reduction, a simple procedure during which Dr. Mele removes the superficial layer of pigmented skin along the outer edge of the areola. Areola reduction can often be performed in one short procedure, under local anesthesia.
Breast Augmentation remains one of the most frequently requested cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. The addition of new sizes, styles and more cohesive silicone fillers has increased plastic surgeons’ ability to customize your results and has increased the popularity of Breast Augmentation. For detailed explanations of breast enlargement, and the options available to you, please visit our page explaining Breast Augmentation. San Francisco Bay Area patients have come to trust Dr. Mele for their breast enhancement needs. He is an active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), a select group of Board Certified Plastic Surgeons and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) members, who specialize in cosmetic surgery. For specific information on breast enhancement, consider scheduling a private consultation appointment with Dr. Mele. Call the office at (925) 943-6353, or fill out our contact form, and we will be in touch.
Breast Augmentation Revision
Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery has become a specialty unto its own. With hundreds of thousands of American women having Breast Augmentation every year, maintenance of a soft, natural result is important. Sometimes the need for change is a personal choice. Other times there is a problem that needs to be fixed now. For more information about many of the options available in Breast Implant Revision Surgery, please visit our page reviewing Breast Augmentation Revision. San Francisco Bay Area patients understand that the proper qualifications and experience can help with their breast enhancement results. Specific recommendations regarding breast augmentation revision require a private consultation with Dr. Mele. Call the office at (925) 943-6353, or fill out our contact form, and we will make every effort to schedule a convenient appointment, where all your questions can be answered in an informed manner.
Breast Implant Removal
Sometimes women no longer want their breast implants. Breast Implant Removal is an elective procedure for removing breast implants. When there is excess or sagging breast skin, implantt removal may be combined with a Breast Lift. The results of breast implant removal is dependent on many factors including the size of the implants, the duration of augmentation, the elasticity of the breast skin, the amount of natural breast tissue present and if there are other aesthetic issues which need to be addressed.
Breast Lift covers a number of procedures. From lifts that simply reposition the nipple, to lifts that raise the entire breast mound. To explore your options, please go to our page dedicated to Breast Lift. If you are interested in learning more about our San Francisco area office and breast lift surgery, please contact our cosmetic surgery office in Walnut Creek today.
Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)
Lower neck and upper back pain are frequently caused by breasts which are too big. Large breasts can limit even simple physical activity, like jogging, due to discomfort and embarrassment. Clothing choices are limited, and finding a bra that fits off the shelf may be impossible. Breast Reduction is one of the specialty breast surgeries we offer at our San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office.
Dr. Mele can reduce the volume and discomfort associated with large breasts, leaving you with a more comfortable and flattering bust. If you are interested in learning more about Breast Reduction in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out our Breast Reduction page.
Breast Reconstruction covers a wide range of reconstructive breast procedures. It encompasses breast mound reconstruction, nipple reconstruction and areola reconstruction. Most commonly thought of after a mastectomy for breast cancer, the techniques of breast reconstruction are applicable to both congenital and acquired breast deformities. They can be used to completely reconstruct a missing breast, or to reshape and restore a misshapen breast.
Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Reduction)
Gynecomastia is a condition caused by enlargement of the breast tissue in a man’s chest. The presentation can range from a small growth causing a solitary, firm lump beneath the nipple (puffy nipples) to wide spread enlargement of the chest creating feminine appearing breasts. Gynecomastia is a seldom-discussed but surprisingly common problem, and can effect anyone. Even active men who eat well and exercise regularly may not be able to eliminate these deposits. Men with gynecomastia often feel a deep sense of shame and embarrassment from the shape or size of their chest, and may avoid removing their shirt in public and even more intimate settings.
Gynecomastia, however, is easily treatable with male breast reduction. By means of discreet incisions made in the underarm, around areola or under the chest, Dr. Mele can surgically remove excess fat and glandular breast tissue from the chest. A more masculine looking physique can be achieved either with gynecomastia reduction surgery or liposuction.
Inverted Nipple Correction
Inverted Nipples, occur when the ducts between the breast tissue and the nipple are short. When tight, the short ducts do not allow the nipple to protrude, and sometimes do not allow the nipple to be seen at all. When less tight, the nipple may be inverted at rest, but can become erect and everted when stimulated.
Inverted nipples are not usually dangerous, but can cause problems with self-confidence and breast feeding. By rearranging the local tissue, Dr. Mele can construct an outward facing nipple, and reverse the inversion. Whenever possible, an attempt is made to preserve the milk ducts; however, any procedure to correct inverted nipples may interfere with future breast feeding. For more detailed information about how inverted nipple correction can help you, visit our Inverted Nipple Correction page, or contact our office to schedule your personal and private consultation appointment.
Mommy Makeover (Breast and Belly Enhancement)
Childbirth can cause changes to the body. The breasts and the belly often take the biggest hits. Even after shedding pregnancy weight, your post-pregnancy shape may be different. The breasts often drop or change size and shape. The belly gets stretched and the skin and muscle become loose. Diet and exercise can help, but sometimes more is needed.
The combination of breast enhancement and belly enhancement is requested often enough that is has been given the nickname, Mommy Makeover. The most frequent combination is Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck, but the procedures can be modified to provide each Mommy the individual enhancement she desires.
Large nipples can be a source of concern for both women and men. Larger nipples may require special accommodations, even in normal clothing. Often large nipples are inherited. Sometimes the nipples continue to enlarge throughout puberty and pregnancy. Nipple Reduction, is a short procedure, normally performed in the office under local anesthesia, during which the nipple is carefully reduced in width, length or both to better match the breast.