By Mary Malik
The holidays are a time for reflection and renewal. We reminisce about years past and look forward to the future. What are your plans for the new year? Would you like to find a new job, or maybe a new relationship?
Future goals aim to improve our lives. And feeling confident about your appearance as you go after those goals is a great way to start.
Double board certified general and plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Vanek’s goal for the new year is the same as it’s been for the 25 years he’s been in practice.
“My goal is to accentuate my patients’ natural beauty and increase their confidence,” says Dr. Vanek. “My education and experience have given me the tools to help people achieve their goals, with the utmost respect for their personal circumstances.”
Whether through facial rejuvenation, skin treatments, body sculpting or plastic surgery, Dr. Vanek and his staff treat each patient with kindness, sensitivity and respect from the first phone call to the last follow-up visit and beyond.
“Of course people are nervous about surgeries and procedures, no matter how simple or involved they might be,” says Mary Jo, Cosmetic Coordinator.
“We make the entire experience, from making appointments to post-surgical care and attention, as comfortable as possible. Our patients trust us and know that we truly care about their outcomes. We take each relationship very seriously and personally, and our patients feel that.”
The journey patients take with Dr. Vanek and his staff begins with education. Anyone considering surgery or procedures has often done their own research. Since the products and technology are constantly changing, Dr. Vanek is always educating himself on new technologies and takes the time to also educate patients on all of their options.
“Technology plays a big role in my practice,” says Dr. Vanek.
“I only use scientifically proven modalities of care. My patients are never an experiment. My background as a biochemist and researcher makes me uniquely qualified to evaluate emerging technologies and techniques and integrate them into my practice.”
Vaser Lipo is one technological advancement that offers patients a more precise option for liposuction.
“Vaser Lipo is wonderful alone or in combination with some of our other procedures,” says Dr. Vanek.
“Ultrasonic waves target only the fat cells, and lower blood loss means less recovery time, allowing for more specific areas like the arms and neck to be treated.”
TruSculpt iD is another advancement that uses radio frequency energy to dissolve fat while tightening skin in a single 15-minute treatment. It is excellent for areas where fat is difficult to lose, and no surgery means no downtime. Dr. Vanek is the only area source for this breakthrough technology.
“Radio frequency energy techniques are at the forefront of medical body-sculpting treatments,” says Dr. Vanek. “TruSculpt iD improves skin tightness and reduces body fat without leaving excess skin.”
Broadband light (BBL)therapy is another newer technology that actually can reverse the aging process and the effects of sun damage.
“Forever Young BBL is non-invasive and can be used alone or in conjunction with surgery,” says Dr. Vanek.
“The treatment focuses on age spots, freckles, redness and small vessels, restoring damaged skin with long-lasting results. The technology addresses aging at the molecular level and actually represses the aging genes.”
Dr. Vanek’s practice also offers a full line of dermal injectables. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin help with fine lines and wrinkles of the forehead, mouth and eyes. Fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse and Kybella all can add natural-looking volume to the face, giving patients a refreshed look.
“Only your best friends will know you’ve had a treatment or procedure, and only because you told them,” says Mary Jo.
One of the reasons why his patients are so happy with their fillers and injectables is because Dr. Vanek performs every treatment himself. His intense knowledge of the anatomy allows him to pinpoint precise locations where injections will create maximum benefit, while also being the most undetectable.
Dr. Vanek is trained and experienced in every area of plastic surgery. He has become nationally recognized for his procedures in breast augmentation, face-lifts, mommy makeovers, eyelid surgery, and Vaser Lipo.
Since he is also board certified in General Surgery, he can also uniquely perform procedures such as pre-pec mastectomy reconstruction with nipple-sparing surgery.
One of the few surgeons in the country to perform this surgery singlehandedly, this efficiency allows for very significant reductions in time, cost and both physical and emotional discomfort for patients. And with only one doctor involved in all procedures, eventual outcomes have been excellent.
“No matter what my patients are looking for, my goal is to help them look and feel like themselves, but even more beautiful,” says Dr. Vanek.
“We take great care in and receive our own fulfillment by guiding every patient through their unique journey to being the very best they can be.”