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November & December Are Perfect Months to Schedule a Procedure

Since many of our Valparaiso Indiana plastic surgery patients choose summer as the best time for a cosmetic procedure (due to the availability of accumulated vacation time to recover), it may surprise you to learn that November & December are quite popular months as well. Here are some of the reasons many of our NW Indiana cosmetic surgery patients choose November and December for their procedures: While you may feel well enough to return to work (and many of our patients are surprised how quickly they do!), you may have concerns about any visible surgical incisions. Cold weather is a … Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Stretch Marks

While it’s true that nobody wants stretch marks—those grooved, tire-tread lines on our skin—lots of people get them. One of the common reasons that women come to our NW Indiana plastic surgery practice for a tummy tuck is to remove stretch marks! Statistics tell us that nearly 90% of pregnant women get some stretch marks and 30% of men get them. What causes them and what can be done about them? What Causes Stretch Marks? Our skin stretches when we move and as we gain or lose weight or muscle. Most of the time, that “stretchability” can accommodate reasonable changes … Continue reading

Dr. Galante Named to the 2016 RealSelf 500

Dr. Galante is one of 500 doctors out of approximately 13,000 American board certified specialists to receive the prestigious RealSelf 500 award for 2016. RealSelf.com is a leading online forum that helps men and women choose elective cosmetic procedures. Dr. Galante and his staff have inspired their patients to share their stories with the RealSelf community to make informed decisions about their health and beauty. In an era in which 25% of US adults share various health experiences on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks, the Real Self 500 physicians are recognized by the site as medical professionals (including … Continue reading

Trends in Plastic Surgery

Members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) perform an annual survey of its members to procure statistics on the previous year’s surgical and nonsurgical procedures to identify trends—what’s up and what’s down. According to data submitted about last year’s activities (2015), men are consistently increasing their participation in aesthetic enhancements and refinements—an increase of 25% in 2015 over 2014 in gynecomastia treatment, for example. Gynecomastia is “doctor-speak” for excess fat and tissue in the male breast. However, men are also showing an increased interest in other procedures, such as liposuction and facial rejuvenation. Plastic surgery procedures increased … Continue reading

Medical Tourism Update

According to a recent article at Bloomberg.com, duty-free shopping is no longer limited to perfumes, alcohol and cigarettes in South Korea, which has expanded the list of non-taxable tourist purchases to include breast augmentations, facelifts and other elective aesthetic procedures. Further, tourists will enjoy a 10% rebate of the amount paid for their procedures. This tactic follows on the heels of the MERS epidemic that decimated 2015 summer tourism in South Korea. Although Hong Kong and Taiwan fared much worse, losing almost 80% of tourists as a result of the MERS outbreak, only South Korea has taken steps to foster a dramatic influx of tourists … Continue reading

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  • Real Patient Stories

    Julie's Breast Augmentation

    Julie's Breast Augmentation

    "I'm proud of what I did. I've never felt so good about myself in my life. It may sound funny, but I'm complete now. I have my two kids, my husband, and I'm healthy."

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    Dina's Tummy Tuck

    Dina's Tummy Tuck

    "I was in and out in a few hours. It seems funny to say this, but overall it was honestly a pleasant experience."

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    Community involvement is very important to Dr. Galante and his staff. We regularly participate in local events and non-profit organizations like Breast Oasis. Learn about how we give back.

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