Joseph A. Mele III, MD, FACS
About the Practice
Dr. Joseph A. Mele is board-certified in both plastic surgery and general surgery. An experienced plastic surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area and Walnut Creek, Dr. Mele offers an expansive selection of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures to help both women and men rejuvenate their appearance and renew their self-confidence. Dr. Mele and his skilled plastic surgery team take a thorough and compassionate approach to care, with the goal of providing patients with customized treatment along with a positive overall experience. They are dedicated to fostering a warm, caring, and relaxing environment so that patients feel as comfortable as possible. Dr. Mele and his staff are firmly committed to privacy and attentiveness from the first stage of the process through to the final steps of recovery. Personalized care and achieving results that look beautiful and natural are two of the hallmarks of Dr. Mele’s practice philosophy, and he believes that honest communication and the use of advanced techniques are some of the most important ways to accomplish individual goals with exemplary results.
Dr. Mele is extensively trained and experienced with a vast array of procedures to enhance the face, breasts, body, and skin. Some of the many surgical breast and body contouring options available at the practice include breast augmentation, breast lift, breast augmentation revision, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, gynecomastia treatment, tummy tuck surgery, Mommy Makeovers, liposuction, the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, and post-bariatric plastic surgery. Facial plastic surgery options include facelift, otoplasty (ear surgery), rhinoplasty, brow lift, eyelid surgery, and others, while non-surgical skin care treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, injectable dermal fillers, and other options can help patients address signs of aging and other aesthetic concerns without the need for invasive surgery. Dr. Mele’s comprehensive list of procedures includes:
Inverted Nipple Correction
Chin and Cheek Augmentation
TCA Chemical Peel
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Background & Certification
Dr. Mele is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, and is a member in good standing of numerous prestigious professional associations.
After graduating with high honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Mele was awarded the prestigious Regents' Scholarship to attend the University of California, Davis School of Medicine.
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).
Publications and Presentations
Dr. Mele has published articles on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery and has presented his research at national, state, and local plastic surgery conferences.
Awards & Honors
- Patient’s Choice Award – American Registry
- Most Compassionate Doctor - Vitals
- Top Plastic Surgeons – Consumers Research Council of America
- Top Surgeons – Consumers Research Council of America
- Bay Area Top Doctor and Dentist Award – Doctors Improving Healthcare
- Best of Walnut Creek – US Commerce Association
- Better Business Bureau Rated A+
- University of California Regents’ Scholarship Recipient
Affiliations & Memberships
John Muir Medical Center - Walnut Creek, CA - Active Staff (Chairperson 2000-2004)
San Ramon Regional Medical Center - San Ramon, CA - Active Staff
John Muir Medical Center - Concord, CA - Active Staff
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgery
American Medical Association
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
California Medical Association
Alameda Contra Costa County Medical Association
Dr. Mele believes the first step of the treatment process is one of the most important, as it will lay the foundation for virtually everything that comes after. During your initial consultation with Dr. Mele, he will have a friendly conversation with you about your concerns and goals. He will conduct an examination of the areas you would like to address, review your medical history, and thoroughly answer all of your questions. Once you and Dr. Mele have explored the treatment options that may be of benefit, he will make a recommendation on the procedure that is most ideal for your specific needs. Should you decide to move forward, Dr. Mele will develop a treatment plan that is fully customized to your unique anatomical characteristics and ultimate enhancement goals. Once the treatment plan is designed, a member of Dr. Mele’s team will provide a cost estimate for the procedure that includes all associated expenses and answer any questions you may have about our extensive selection of payment options. We will also be happy to collaborate with you on the time and date of treatment that will be most convenient for your schedule. Dr. Mele encourages you to be completely open with him about your concerns and expectations. After all, the consultation is designed to be a safe space for you to communicate your goals and have all of your questions answered while evaluating your confidence and trust in your plastic surgeon.
Staff & Facilities
Dr. Mele has established a relaxing atmosphere at his state-of-the-art practice to provide patients with a warm and comfortable environment. Privacy and confidentiality are also high priorities at Dr. Mele’s office, and all individuals are treated with the utmost respect and attention to their concerns. The practice is equipped with private consultation rooms, an advanced treatment facility, and an inviting reception area. Dr. Mele has also surrounded himself with skilled medical professionals and an administrative staff who are all committed to ensuring each and every patient meets their treatment goals and achieves the best possible experience.
Skin Care Products
Our skin protects, nourishes, and purifies our body. It's our buffer between us and the world, and the first thing to show signs of daily wear and tear. Don't you owe it to your skin to take the best possible care of it you can? Dr. Mele offers a wide selection of quality skin care products, such as highly effective alpha hydroxy formulas, to help support and maintain your skin at its most vibrant and glowing. Contact our office in Walnut Creek to find out more about our skin care products collection.
Dr. Mele accepts a comprehensive array of payment methods at his practice to make surgical and non-surgical treatments as financially convenient as possible. Major credit cards such as Visa®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and American Express® are all accepted, as well as cash and personal checks. In addition, Dr. Mele works with reputable healthcare financing companies such as CareCredit® and ALPHAEON® CREDIT, which offer qualified applicants a number of affordable financing plans that can be useful for patients who would rather pay for their treatment over time.