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Do you perform ear surgery (otoplasty)?

Yes, I perform ear surgery, also known as otoplasty. This procedure can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct an ear’s shape after an injury, or a defect in the ear structure at birth that becomes more apparent as a child ages. The most common conditions are overly large ears…


Dr. Vanek Is A Celebrity Server!

Dr. Vanek took part in United Way of Lake County’s annual Celebrity Server event held at the Croatian Lodge for their 14th St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser. More than 600 people were in attendance and many were seen wearing green hats, beads, t-shirts, feathers, balloons and almost everything else but beer. To read the full article click…


Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons

A. No, there is a major difference between plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) says most consumers don’t understand this difference, and medical marketing by many offices may be confusing the public. In a recent study of consumers on their perceptions of surgery, 87% believe surgeons must have special…

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A Patient Shares Their Surgery Story

Georgi Anderson mounts a horse and spins it around, excited to be able to ride again not long after surgery. Anderson, the breast cancer patient from Wisconsin, returned to Lake County 10 weeks after her surgery. She shared her story of recovery after being diagnosed with breast cancer in December. After seeing multiple doctors in…

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Dillon’s Congenital Ectropion Condition

  Dillon is an 18 year-old who has suffered from Congenital Ectropion since he was a child. His mother brought him to Dr. Vanek after having seen several specialists who were reluctant to undertake his very difficult and technical procedure to correct his externally rotated eye lids and chronic inflammation of his eye lashes. He…

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Neck Lift Without Face Lift?

Can I get a neck lift without getting a face lift? Is the recovery very difficult? A. Many factors can cause you to lose the youthful appearance of your face and neck, including heredity, stress, environmental conditions, and gravity associated with aging. While these factors typically impact the face and neck at approximately the same…

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Georgi’s Story and Why ‘Earl’ Had to Die

Georgi traveled 800 miles to Vanek Plastic Surgery to receive a bilateral mastectomy and a breakthrough Breast Reconstruction procedure after being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. Dr. Paul Vanek: My name is Paul Frank Vanek Jr., MD, FACS. I’m a board certified plastic surgeon, and a board certified general surgeon. My philosophy of care…

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Are All “Mommy Makeovers” the Same?

Q: Now that we’ve had our last baby, I’ve been interested in getting my body back in “pre-baby” shape. I’ve heard of Mommy Makeovers, but are they all done the same? A. Typically, three procedures are included in an abdominoplasty, often called a “Mommy Makeover” – breast augmentation, tummy tuck and breast lift. If you…

Rhinoplasty cured my deviated septum

Rhinoplasty cured my deviated septum

A personal story of my struggle finding relief from my deviated septum I have wanted to get surgery on my nose for at least ten years but never did due to either cost or the misconception and reputation that surrounds plastic surgery. In April 2015 my story really begins when I began to suffer from…