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Plastic Surgery as Christmas Gift

Just as the number of plastic surgery procedures has increased, more people are making it their gift, especially for the holidays. Many are purchased by romantic partners, and a survey of RealSelf community members found that, of those receiving such a gift, 75% received it from their partner. Facials and fillers are very popular as…

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How To Select Plastic Surgeon

You don’t want a GOOD plastic surgeon, you want an EXCELLENT one! After almost 25 years in private practice, I know it is difficult to find a plastic surgeon you can trust to give you results you want, and who you are comfortable talking with and being around. I think both aspects are extremely important,…

Dr Vanek Explains Neck Lift

Neck Lift and Recovery

The loss of youthful contours in the face and neck can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions and stress. A neck lift, known medically as a lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. Specifically, neck lift surgery can treat excess…

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I Need A Nose Job

Rhinoplasty, sometimes called a “nose job” or “nose reshaping,” is one of the most common plastic surgeries. Because the nose is such an obvious feature, your hesitation is also common. I do not know if you are experiencing one of several cosmetic conditions that rhinoplasty typically addresses: nose size in relation to facial balance, nose…

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Pain During Laser Treatment

Dr. Vanek Translation: Well, I probably did 15 lasers today. Most people characterize it as a snap of a rubber band. And on three of the patients I did ‘Forever Youngs’ (specific laser procedure) and on them they had probably 2000 pulses of laser energy on their face. We take our time first to numb…


Happiness Found

Published: 06/20/2017 on Mimivanderhaven.com by Patricia Nugent For most of us, a trip to the beach sounds heavenly…shedding the cover-ups, hitting the waves and lazily soaking up the sunshine. For Kalyn, however, a trip to the beach filled her with dread. “I hated how I looked in a bathing suit,” says the vivacious 24-year-old. “Since…


An Open Letter of Hope.M Kohl

Dear girlfriend who just found out you have breast cancer, Yes, I know, I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but we are now and forever linked by a shared experience, breast cancer.  Your story and my story are probably very different, no two are the same. But no matter how different our…

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Faith In Science

PLASTIC SURGEON Paul Vanek, MD, FACS, was drawn to the field of medicine at a young age. When he was 8 years old his father suffered a traumatic brain injury, which gave Dr. Vanek a unique perspective on the care that physicians provide. “The doctors who took care of my father and comforted my mother…