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Dr. Joseph Mele

Plastic Surgery
Walnut Creek, CA
33 years experience male

Locations

Joseph A. Mele, III, MD, FACS

Walnut Creek, CA

Address

130 La Casa Via, Building 2, Suite 206, Walnut Creek, CA, US
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Medicare

Office

Walnut Creek, CA

Office

Walnut Creek, CA

About

Bio

Dr. Mele is board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He completed his surgical internship at the University of California Davis Medical Center, his General Surgery Residency at San Joaquin General Hospital, and sub-specialized with a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. As a plastic surgery fellow in San Francisco, Joseph Mele, MD, acquired three years of intense postgraduate instruction in General Plastic Surgery, as well as specialized training in the areas of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Micro Surgery, Burn Care and Rehabilitation, Hand Surgery, and the repair of Congenital Deformities (birth defects). Dr. Mele has volunteered on surgical missions to provide medical care for underprivileged children in Guatemala (Hospital de la Familia) and Argentina (Rotary International's Rotoplast).

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Plastic Surgery

Surgery

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768 Answers
910 Agrees
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
TFCC Tears: The longer you have pain, the more likely that surgery is an option. Without more information, it is a blind guess if you will need surgery. Be certai... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Trauma: The most common cause for lumps on the ear cartilage is trauma. A piercing or a hit to the ear can cause lumps in and around the cartilage. Under the ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Many reasons: By definition, normal hair growth is an average of a large group of people. About half the popular will grow slower and half faster than average. Norm... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
ZnO and TiO2: Sun screens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide good protection, and since they are oxides they are less reactive, and less likely to... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
For Soft Scars: Dermal fillers are pretty soft, so they work best for soft scars with shallow depressions. Deep "ice-pick" scars respond better to surgery. There are ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Usually not: Most burns to the nose heal very well. The exception is burns that are full or nearly full thickness. These require plastic surgery for the best resul... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Can or Should?: Laws do not limit how a doctor practices, so anyone with a physician's license can do any procedure that any other physician or surgeon can do. Whethe... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
It happens: Omeprazole works well for many patients with reflux and small hiatal hernias. In some cases it is not enough and additional treatment, or even surgery... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Clogged vs open pore: Open pores are normal. Some opens are small while others are large. Some topical treatments like AHA's can help reduce the size of open pores. Clogged... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
More Treatment: Some acne is more difficult than others. Other treatment options are available, and occasionally, more than one course of Accutane is required. Seek a... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Puffy Nipples: If you are overweight, getting to a normal weight may help. If it is gynecomastia (gland) weight loss may make it look worse, If you are normal weight... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
See a hand surgeon: There are many lesions that present as lumps on the palm. Most are benign, but anything that is changing in size, color or symptoms should be brought ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Topical silicone: Topical silicone has the best record for diminishing the appearance of scars. Mederma and Vaseline were compared head-to0-head, and Vaseline worked be... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Mohs Recovery: Mohs is a specific way to remove skin cancer. Recovery depends on the size of the tumor, and how the area is closed. If the area is small, direct clos... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Pain varies: Most patients feel like they did a strong workup. More like muscle aches than sharp pains. The grafting site should be sore, but tolerable. Pain that ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
No cure yet: The number one cosmetic beauty expense is hair coloring. Grey hair is associated with old age, so at 26 it can be frustrating, but not unusual. You ma... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Extremities: Lower leg amputations used to be the most common. As gun shot wounds, land mines and other explosive devices have gained in lethality, higher amputati... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Here is a link to the FDA required notification in the Allergen web site: http://www.allergan.com/miscellaneous-pages/allergan-pdf-files/botox_med_gui... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
The most important thing to know is what size makes you happy. Having a good idea of the desired end point makes breast augmentation easier and more r... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Skin problem?: Benign vascular malformations are very common in the skin and are not usually related to other heath problems. There are some exceptions so be certain... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Spotting only: Normally, there is very little bleeding and bruising after breast implants. Some spotting on the bandages or bra may occur for the first 24 hours. If ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Earfold = an implant: Earfold is a curved piece of metal that is inserted under the skin and in front of the ear cartilage. It is meant to form an antihelical fold when it ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Good question: It is thought that the high levels of glucose cause damage to the nerves and the lining of the blood vessels. Nerve damage causes peripheral numbness ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Asymmetry is normal: Differences between the two sides of our bodies are normal. If you think about how the body forms from a single fertilized egg, it is amazing that any... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Nothing great: Despite recent breakthroughs, there is no way to completely smooth cellulite. Massage and provide temporary improvement, and surgical treatment is lim... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Time for a check-up: Sounds like it's time to get a check-up. 20 years is a long time and something may have changed. Arthritis is very common after joint injuries, but a ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Possible for certain. The best plan for you, unknown. It is best to discuss your long term goals with a board certified plastic surgeon. There are man... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Not usually.: But, of course, it depends on how bright the light and how long you stare. Cool compresses are even less likely to cause these problems. If you are ha... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
No: Large studies show that groups of women matched for age with and without breast implants present with the same types and size of breast cancer. So br... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Might be infected: Best to have the area surgically treated. Normally, lancing the cyst and antibiotics are the first step in treatment. Once the infection has resolved,... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Steroid in scar: Keloids can be treated with steriod injections to try to soften them. The steriod is placed directly into the scar to slow the body's ability to maint... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends on activity: Calorie restriction is used for weight loss; however, the proper nutrients need to be consumed to maintain health. The amount of energy your body requ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Absolutely: Cosmetic surgery changes proportions and body shape, but it is not weight loss surgery. If you eat too much, you will gain weight, regardless.
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A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Hmmmmmmm: Skin tags have small bases. They are pedunculated. A widely based skin lesion is not a skin tag. Any skin growth greater than 1 centimeter, or that... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends on the lid!: There are several techniques used for the eyelid lift. In general incision is made, the underlying fat pads are evaluated and countoured, and any exce... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
It varies.: The amount of sweilling depends. How your body responds to the injury is one of the primary factors. Tumescent liposuction helps decrease post operat... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
A : A neck lift should not affect your vocal cords. If performed under general anesthesia, an kma can be used to avoid intubating through the vocal cords.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Plastic Surgery: Gynecomastia, or male brast enlargement, is caused by an over development of the glandular breast tissue inthe breast. It is often also used to descri... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends on problem.: The eyelid lift is one tool amoung many that surgeons use to correct eyelid problems, bith functional and cosmetic. A consultation with a qualified, b... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Why?: Go see a board certified plastic surgeon in your area and discuss this with them. The reason you want to do this is very important to the answer. Depe... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
No. If you have redundant skin with rashes and recurrent infections, it may cover removing the skin, but not a true tummy tuck.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Ear pinning.: Otoplasty literally means ear shaping. The most frequent type of otoplasty is the reduction of prominent ears. Ears that stick out, can be brought bac... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Eyelid Surgery: Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery and can be performed for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons. The most common is to remove excess skin form the upper ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Something: With out without breast implants, your breasts will change with pregnancy. There are many variations, but in average the breasts enlarge the skin stre... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Both are safe.: Both silicone and saline breast implants are safe for breast augmentation. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and you will wnat to review thes... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Base of spine.: The sacrum is a large flat trapezoidal bone, found at the base of the spine. It forms the posterior portion of the pelvis. There are four bones surrou... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Educated guess: It is not unusual to get two different answers when using two different methods to determine gestation. Neither is exact, they are guesses based on hi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Genetics matters.: While you will see many exercises, pills and supplements that claim to enlarge the breasts, most have little success or science behind them. There is ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Please Do!: Normal exercise is unlikely to cause any problems with breast implants.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Most the time.: Breast buds occur in more than half of all men during puberty. They resolve in half of these men in a few years, and about a third of men will continu... Read More
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Testimonials
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Sep 30, 2013
Great doctor! Intelligent, kind, understanding expert dedicated to service and charity care as well. I give him my highest recommendation.
Jun 22, 2013
Very accurate and informative responses.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Mele is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was helpful! Doc is on vacation until the 20th. He said I could lift after a week.Wanted to double check abt benching
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Thanks for the prompt reply. I've met with professional doctor and have taken blood test to check my hormone. They found that the result is
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Thanks It is a flame burn butane torch valve exploded I have pictures it wont let me send em without paying. Is it not good to use Neosporin

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC Davis School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

SAN JOAQUIN GENERAL HOSPITAL

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Rated A+ 1997-present, Better Business Bureau
Top Plastic Surgeons, Consumers Research Council of America
Bay Area Top Doctor, Doctors Improving Healthcare

Affiliations

California Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Publications

Laser Blepharoplasty - Is It Safe?
Treatment of Thromboembolic Complications of Fulminant Meningococcal Septic Shock
Chronic Hyperpigmentation From a Heated Mustard Compress Burn: A Case Report
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