Gus Galante, MD - Newsletter June 2007
Cosmetic Procedures to Fit Your Budget

It's no secret that the economy has hit a rough patch, and it only makes sense to take a hard look at your finances these days so you can stretch your dollars further. But even if money's tight, you can still afford to look great thanks to the financing options and minimally-invasive skin care treatments we offer for our Indiana clients. We're committed to helping you look your best even when you're on a tight budget.

Winterize Your Skin

Non-Surgical TreatmentsNon-surgical treatments continue to grow in popularity with women and men across the country and right here in Indiana. Many of our patients are choosing these less-invasive treatments to save both money and time in their efforts to look their best.. While non-surgical treatments generally provide only temporary results, they are in many cases much more affordable than surgical procedures, and have the added benefit of minimal downtime. Dr. Galante has evaluated several non-surgical skin treatments and selected only those he feels provide his patients the greatest benefit.

  • Chemical Peels: This treatment removes damaged and wrinkled outer layers of skin on the face, neck, or hands. Peels are performed in the comfort of our surgical facility and are customized to meet your skin improvement goals.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: Indiana women and men choose BOTOX Cosmetic to improve the appearance of "dynamic wrinkles," or those wrinkles that form because of repeated muscle movement.
  • Injectable Fillers: Products like Restylane®, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel and collagen are able to greatly improve the appearance of wrinkles and create a younger-looking complexion. By adding volume beneath the skin, these treatments are ideal for enhancing lips and minimizing facial wrinkles.
  • Sclerotherapy: Many women live with spider veins, those unsightly purple, red, or blue veins that commonly form on the legs. Using sclerotherapy, Dr. Galante is able to reduce the appearance of these veins, freeing you to wear shorts with confidence again.
Making Cosmetic Improvement Affordable

At our practice, you have several payment options. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and cashiers checks. We also offer convenient monthly payment plans through CareCredit. With CareCredit, you pay no up-front costs, accrue no annual fees, and incur no pre-payment penalties. Applying is easy and we can even assist you with the paperwork if you'd like help. When you call our office, our patient coordinator will work closely with you to find the financing option that makes the most sense.

If you want to learn more about fitting cosmetic procedures into your budget, call 800-721-3244 or request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Galante, who can suggest procedures to meet your cosmetic and financial needs.

The Latest Word on BOTOX Safety

BOTOX SafetyRecently, you may have heard that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed BOTOX® Cosmetic and a competitor, Myobloc®, under review to evaluate certain serious adverse events following the use of these products. Understandably, this news has caused many of our patients to want to learn more about the risks involved in using BOTOX Cosmetic.

The most important thing to know: the adverse side effects being investigated by the FDA mostly occurred in children with cerebral palsy, who were administered doses of BOTOX that were 15 to 20 times the dose used for cosmetic purposes. This use of BOTOX, while regarded as medically sound by many physicians, has never received FDA approval. BOTOX Cosmetic has been FDA-approved to temporarily improve the appearance of certain facial wrinkles for over 5 years.

"My Indiana patients who choose BOTOX Cosmetic could be easily confused by how the FDA's review has been reported in the media," says Dr. Galante. "The primary focus is on very high dose uses of BOTOX that have unfortunately caused serious complications. That's very different from the small doses needed to achieve cosmetic improvement."

BOTOX Cosmetic has enjoyed a substantial track record of safety, with many millions of injections safely administered across the country each year. Patients should keep in mind that BOTOX Cosmetic injections, like any medical procedure, are not without risk. In rare cases, there is a chance that the product, once injected, will migrate to a nearby area of the body, unintentionally paralyzing or weakening muscles. Having your procedure with a highly-trained surgeon and carefully following post-treatment instructions are essential steps to maximize your safety.

"As a doctor, my responsibility is to make sure my patients are informed about their options," adds Dr. Galante. "I take safety very seriously, and if I see studies that show BOTOX Cosmetic poses a serious danger to my patients, I will of course revise or limit how I use the product. Until then, I continue to believe the benefits of BOTOX Cosmetic greatly outweigh the risks for most of my patients."

Dr. Galante educates his patients about all aspects of BOTOX Cosmetic to help them make an informed choice. Your best bet? Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Galante to administer your injections and follow up with you in the rare instance when complications develop. As such a satisfying alternative to surgical facial sculpting procedures like brow lifts, BOTOX Cosmetic should continue to remain a popular option for Indiana women and men seeking to smooth and freshen their looks.

Act Now: 10% Off BOTOX Cosmetic

From now until April 30, 2008, Dr. Galante is offering 10% off BOTOX Cosmetic treatments. This long-lasting facial treatment can help you put your best face forward. Get ready to enjoy smoother, younger-looking skin all through the spring and summer!

With this spring special, there's no better time to see the benefits of BOTOX Cosmetic for yourself. Click the coupon on the right hand side of this page for your savings certificate.

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Gus E. Galante, MD
2421 Laporte Avenue
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

322 Indianapolis Blvd., Suite 103
Schererville, Indiana 46375
800-721-3244

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