Gustavo E. Galante, MD Blog

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 …

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The Botox® Forehead Lift

Many men and women find that, as they age, their eyebrows begin to droop. This aging pattern creates the impression of anger or fatigue, even if the individual is neither, and is often coupled with deep furrows in the forehead. The plastic surgery procedure most often chosen by these patients is called a forehead lift. …

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Fat vs Fillers: Which is Best?

Over the past few years, autologous fat grafting (using the patient’s own fat) instead of dermal fillers such as Juvéderm®, Restylane® and others, has gained in popularity. At my plastic surgery practice near Chicago, I have chosen not to offer fat transfer because I don’t believe it offers the best value to my patients. The …

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9 Tips to Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

If you’re considering elective plastic surgery in Indiana—or anywhere for that matter—there are some things you need to consider in order to make the right choice. Here are 9 tips to help you pick the right plastic surgeon for your cosmetic surgery procedure. #1: Know What You Want Everybody likes the words “natural,” but not …

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Ageless Beauty

It’s no surprise to my Indiana plastic surgery patients that looking good is important! Have you ever wondered which cosmetic enhancements are the most popular for specific age groups? According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, of which I’m a member, they include the following: For the youngest group, aged 19-34, breast augmentation …

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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 …

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The “Right” Age For Botox®

Here at my plastic surgery practice in Indiana, Botox® patients usually start using this wonder-injectable in their 40’s or older. They want to eliminate the ever-increasing fine lines and wrinkles that are an unwanted symbol of aging. While Botox® does eliminate these wrinkles and folds after they’ve developed, by injecting sooner, you can keep them …

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Breast Asymmetry

Did you know that nearly 90% of women have one breast that’s larger than the other? It’s called breast asymmetry and, as you can see, it’s quite common. In some women, the difference is so slight that you can barely tell but, for others, the difference can be a full bra size or more, causing …

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Latisse vs. Lash Extensions

Do you want longer, thicker lashes? In addition to false lashes and ample applications of mascara, there are two more options for thick, long lashes: lash extensions and Latisse. Lash extensions have become the rage over the past few years. Local salons and “eyelash extension” establishments offer a range of lengths and colors. Initial application takes about …

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Luscious Lips in Less Than an Hour

Why Lips Matter There is a primitive part of the brain that is specifically attracted to certain secondary sexual characteristics that imply fertility. It’s believed that we are hard-wired to be attracted to other humans with well-developed secondary sexual characteristics as a means to guarantee the perpetuation of the species. Among those characteristics (in women) …

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