Fall 2008 Newsletter

Attend Our Upcoming Injectable Seminars

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In the next few months, we will be putting together several evening seminars to showcase the benefits of today’s most popular injectable treatments, including BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel. These small gatherings will be held in one of our offices and are open to current clients and their friends/family members.

These seminars are not just about discussing the cold hard facts of injectable treatments. Door prizes and giveaways will take place, and we are arranging for live demonstrations so you can see for yourself exactly how these treatments are administered and what types of immediate results you can expect. Plus, every participant will receive savings coupons and be treated to a catered dinner. We’ll have a representative from at least one of the major injectable manufacturers available to share more detailed information about the products as well.

These seminars are very informal – the goal is to help our clients learn a little more about the benefits of injectables while enjoying an evening of festivities. If you’re interested, keep an eye out for your invitation or call our office for more information.

The Surgery Center: Your Rejuvenation Location

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Over 90% of the surgical procedures Dr. Galante performs take place in one of the two surgery centers he uses in the Northwest Indiana area – Lake Park Surgicare in Hobart or Same Day Surgery Center in Munster. Lake Park Surgicare is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the Indiana State Board of Health. The Same Day Surgery Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Indiana State Board of Health.

Dr. Galante is often asked why he chooses to perform surgery in a surgical center rather than a hospital setting. Here’s what he had to say, in his own words: “To me, the advantages of a surgery center are significant. It’s a smaller, more private setting where a patient’s needs can be attended to without the hectic pace often found in hospitals. Plus, performing plastic surgery at a surgery center is simply less expensive than a hospital setting.”

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But what about the quality and safety of the surgical environment? How does a surgery center measure up to a hospital? Dr. Galante continues, “The actual operating room environment is 100% the same between a hospital and surgery center for my needs – same level of equipment, personnel, instruments, and safety protocols. The only difference I can see is that hospitals have rooms for overnight stays, while the surgery centers where I work are strictly outpatient only.” Dr. Galante makes every patient’s safety a paramount priority. While outpatient surgery is extremely safe, a transfer protocol exists to relocate a patient to the nearest hospital facility if the need arises.

The Day of Your Surgery – What to Expect

Even though you know that the vast majority of people who have cosmetic surgery recover quickly with few if any complications, it can still be a little scary thinking about having your procedure, especially if you will require twilight or general anesthesia. For many people, their cosmetic surgery is the first time they will be “put under,” and Dr. Galante takes time to reassure his patients that they are in the capable hands of a board-certified MD anesthesiologist and/or a board-certified nurse anesthetist who are skilled at addressing the needs of people having outpatient surgery.

Here is a brief outline of what you can expect on the day of your surgery:

  • Arrive 1 hour before your scheduled surgery time
  • Register and fill out any required paperwork
  • Get prepped for surgery and review your medical history with the nursing staff
  • If twilight or general anesthesia will be used, meet with the MD anesthesiologist and have an IV inserted
  • Be wheeled to the OR and have anesthesia administered
  • Have your procedure
  • Move to a recovery room after the procedure to be monitored until fully awake
  • Meet with your family and friends, get something to drink and wait until you are cleared to head home
  • Have a friend or loved one drive you home

Dr. Galante calls all of his patients the evening after surgery to check in on their recovery. Also, a member of the surgery center staff will call you the next day to make sure you are comfortable and had a satisfying experience. Depending on the procedure, you will then return to Dr. Galante’s office for one or more follow-up visits in the weeks and months to come.

Our patients enjoy the comfort and privacy of having their surgery in an outpatient surgical suite. Dr. Galante is happy to share additional details when you meet with him in person. You can request a complimentary consultation online or call (800) 721-3244 to schedule your appointment.

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