Q1 - Is BOTOX® safe?

Yes. It is one of the safest treatments that we perform. BOTOX® was approved in the U.S. for treatment of eye muscle dysfunction 20 years ago. The FDA approved BOTOX® for glabellar frown lines in 2002. BOTOX® is approved in over 70 countries to treat a number of conditions. Over 7 million treatments have been performed in the U.S.

Q2 - What is the best treatment for lines or wrinkles?

Many treatments are available, including laser resurfacingchemical peels, BOTOX®, and other cosmetic injectables. The best way to determine the appropriate treatment is through an in-office consultation.

Q3 - What treatments are available for aging and sun-damaged skin?

Treatment options include chemical peelslaser resurfacinglaser blood vessel removal, and various topical medications such as glycolic acid and retinol products.

Q4 - How do I access the LASSI EMA patient portal?

The patient portal can be accessed at: thelassi.ema.md

Q5 - How much does a consultation cost?

Consultation costs vary depending on type and duration of visit.

Q6 - How long do fillers/Botox last?

Patients will usually return 2-3 times per year to maintain results achieved with Botox. The duration of effect from fillers including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid is 1-2 years. We use painless, advanced cannula technology for fillers.

Q7 - Is the DOT a fraxel laser and what does that mean?

DOT Laser is an advanced micro-fractionated CO2 laser. Dr. Hanke was the second physician to use DOT Laser in the United States. He has utilized DOT for 9 years for photoaging and scars with consistently good results and minimal complications. He has published 7 articles on DOT Laser in American medical journals.

Q8 - What is the difference between a plastic surgeon and a dermatologic surgeon?

A dermatologic surgeon has completed a 3-year residency in dermatology. This includes training in the surgical aspects of dermatology (i.e. dermatologic surgery). Some dermatologists also complete a 1-2 year fellowship training program on Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology. Dr. Hanke founded and directed the Fellowship training programs in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology at IUMC and St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Plastic surgeons receive training in general surgery followed by plastic surgery. There is some overlap of procedures performed by dermatologic surgeons and plastic surgeons. The procedures performed by dermatologic surgeons including laser surgery for skin lesions, Mohs Micrographic Surgery for skin cancer, and liposuction using tumescent local anesthesia were all developed or refined by dermatologists.

Q9 - Do I need to stop taking any medications prior to treatment?

This depends upon the treatment being given. Instructions are given to the patient before treatment.

Q10 - Does your practice accept Medicare?

Yes, we accept Medicare.

Q11 - Do I need a referral?

No, however many of our patients are referred by other physicians from various specialties.

Q12 - What type of lasers do you have?

We have lasers for red faces and red noses (pulsed dye laser, diode laser, intense pulsed light), unwanted hair (diode laser) and photoaging (CO2 laser, DOT laser, intense pulsed light).