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Look as young as you feel article about Dr. Vanek's Mommy MakeoversSPECIAL FEATURE: Look As Young As You Feel:

Debby Dalton wanted to look as young on the outside as she felt on the inside. Dr. Vanek used minimally invasive procedures to achieve her goals and produce a dramatic result!

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Kathy, January 2017

Kathy is pretty happy and excited as she speaks with Dr. Vanek on her recent face and neck lift. Here she is 5 days post-op,  and said, “it’s unbelievable….it feels tight but no pain at all”.


Mary Kohl, 2017

“On April 17, 2017, I had a bilateral pre-pec skin and nipple sparing mastectomy with reconstruction.
I know, I know, you have so many questions. What is a pre-pec skin and nipple sparing mastectomy with reconstruction? Why did I choose it? How was it? How am I doing now?

Let me start with what was most important for me, Dr Vanek, his staff and the care team at TriPoint Hospital.

As a teacher, I value knowledge, skill and heart. I want students to leave me with knowledge and skill, but most important I want them to use the knowledge and skill to make the world better.
I hold people to a high standard of knowledge and skill. Because I have known Dr. Vanek for over 20 years, I know through personal experience and the experience of many friends, that he is exceptional at his craft. But what has always impressed me most about Dr. Vanek is his commitment to caring for his patients. And this extends to his entire staff.

When I went to my first pre-op appointment, I was shaking, literally. The whole experience was finally real. I wasn’t just sitting at my laptop Googling; I was making a decision about something that was really going to happen to me. From the moment I was greeted at the desk, I started to feel the commitment to caring at Dr. Vanek’s office. Kind words, an offer to get me a glass of water, an encouraging hug, reassurance that I was in good hands and would be well cared for. Each and every person I came into contact with that day demonstrated that this was a place committed to caring for patients first. And the person who demonstrated this the most was Dr. Vanek.

Now as you can guess from all my references to Google, I am very committed to understanding and being an active participant in my health. But at this moment in my life, what I needed more than anything was to hear and feel that it was going to be OK. That I was not alone in this journey and that I was in good hands. And even before I heard all the specifics of the surgery and reconstruction, I was at peace.”


Melanie M., 2015

“I went to my consultation with Dr. Vanek because I have worked in a clinical setting and have seen beautiful outcomes and so many happy patients who just loved him. I was immediately impressed just walking through the office door. This looks nothing like a clinical setting, but more like a relaxing spa that instantly calms the nerves.

Every single member of the office staff are so friendly and welcoming. I felt I received VIP treatment from every person each and every appointment. Mary Jo is so warm and made everything from preop instructions, scheduling, financing, and post op care feel like a walk in the park. I felt like sometimes I needed a little hand holding and had so many questions and she was so informative and reassuring that I felt like I was genuinely cared for and never just a number. Every call and email was very promptly returned and I felt like she went above and beyond what she ever needed to in all aspects.

Dr. Vanek is not only an amazing surgeon, but a beautiful person as well. He made me feel comfortable and he’s so calming and gentle. He explained every step thoroughly and made sure I understood exactly what to expect. He even explained that one part of my surgery may not be possible and he wouldn’t know until I was in the OR. The honesty was very much appreciated.

The day of my surgery Dr. Vanek saw me before and made sure I had no other questions. When I woke up, he was right there beside me. He was also able to beautifully perform the part he couldn’t guarantee. I am beyond thrilled with my results and can’t believe how happy I feel when I look in the mirror.

The wonderful care has continued with follow up care focused on my recovery and best possible outcomes. Dr. Vanek takes pride in his work and has patiently answered my many questions. I never once felt like I was rushed through and always felt like I was his only patient. He also has never pressured me for other treatments or procedures while I was there, only informed me of what was available when I inquired.

This was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I only regret putting it off for so long.”

B.S., December 2016


“I had a tummy tuck done, and Dr. Paul Vanek was overly considerate, careful and very aware of my concerns and needs. I had no question on what I wanted done. I honestly knew nothing about him going into the office for consultation. But compared to other doctor consultations, he was the best at making me feel comfortable. The procedure went well. In fact, during surgery prep he found a lump in my breast that my gyn didn’t find 2 weeks earlier at my annual apt.

He followed up with me after the surgery to make sure I got it looked at in case it was cancer. Thankfully it wasn’t. So he went above the call of duty to make me feel comfortable and care for my overall health beyond the tummy tuck. I am very pleased with the service he and his staff gave me. The massages in the package after the surgery were also a great perk and added bonus! He seems to genuinely care for me, my body, and my overall health. He also made other recommendations on finding a new gyn and family practioner, which I think was great advice I hadn’t considered as I get older. I’m thankful to Dr. Vanek and his staff. I don’t regret choosing him and my stomach looks flat and fabulous! Thanks Dr. Vanek.”

Christy L., September 2013


“I love this practice. They are professional, welcoming, kind, patient, and allowed me to dictate the pace and degree of my treatment.

My experience with this practice began over 6 years ago when I went in for a consultation. I explained my concerns and interests as well as my lifestyle. It is important to me that my treatment is as holistic as possible. At the time we took some photos for possible future use and talked about strategy. I returned this autumn because I wanted botox and some light fillers.

The treatment was subtle and effective. The staff explained the products, the procedure, and the possible side effects. Everything went as described and exceeded my expectations. We also discussed some other areas of concern and I brought up a couple of breast lumps that my other physician has been watching for a couple of years. Dr. Vanek suggested I get an updated mammogram. I had a mammogram and an ultrasound and the radiologist suggested I also get an MRI. I spoke with Dr. Vanek who said he could safely proceed with removing the lump based on the other two tests and if he removed the lumps the pathology would give us a conclusive test result. I decided to do a little research before scheduling.

I have many friends in the medical field and I asked for their recommendations of a cosmetic surgeon and their opinions of Dr. Vanek. I found out that several of them are patients of his and the ones who aren’t said if they needed cosmetic surgery he would be their choice. I spoke with friends and acquaintances of mine and found out that many of them have had cosmetic surgery and Dr. Vanek is their doctor. I was truly surprised to learn that this was so prevalent.

My husband was brought into the process as he would be my caregiver during recovery. He also loved the practice and felt comfortable with everything.

We proceeded with the lump removals which required removing 20% from one side. Dr. Vanek removed the same amount of tissue from the other side to match size. He did a breast lift and another procedure during this surgery. The pathology of the unhealthy tissue was benign.

I returned to work after one week. Having had several surgeries for reproductive issues with lengthy, painful recoveries I was expecting the worst. The pain was minimal and brief and I only used the prescriptions drugs for a few days before switching to over the counter.

My results are amazing. I cannot say enough good things about this experience and I can recommend this practice without hesitation.

We were also very impressed with the surgical team at Tri Point Hospital. They were a great extension of the Vanek practice and were every bit as professional and caring as the office team. Thank you Dr. Vanek and Staff”

Robin P., October 2013


“I had an early form of breast cancer in 2012 and had two operations that left one breast about a cup size smaller and things not pointing in the same direction. Dr. Vanek gave me a number of options and I decided that I didn’t want implants or to take much time off of work, just for the breasts to look alike. So we had a reduction on one side and reconstruction on the other 3 weeks ago. I am not big breasted so I was only off work for 3 days. I could’ve gone back to work the day after surgery, everything went so smoothly, and the breasts look great. This was a good experience.”

Deborah T., March 2014


“I am extremely impressed by Dr. Vanek and his staff. All are very caring and knowledgeable when ever you have a question. Dr. Vanek is a nice person as well as a talented surgeon with an artists eye. He does everything possible to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Thank you to Dr. Vanek and your Staff!!!!!”

Francine B., May 2014


“Dr. Vanek and his staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly from the first day that I met everyone. The environment that the staff creates always makes me feel as if I am visiting close friends rather than just going to an appointment.

Dr. Vanek is exceptionally caring and takes his time to inform me and answer my questions. Even the smallest of my concerns are taken seriously and addressed immediately. He goes out of his way to accommodate my needs and the staff is wonderful at fitting in unexpected appointments.

On several occasions Dr. Vanek has agreed to see me on a holiday or weekend or inconvenient hour when I thought I was experiencing a problem or complication. It has been approximately a year and a half now since I first went to see Dr. Vanek. My family and I have been completely pleased with every aspect of his practice and words can not fully express the satisfaction of my experience. Due to his genuine care and trustworthy nature, I could consider Dr. Vanek a second father and I would recommend no other surgeon.”

Madison T., May 2014


“He is very considerate and compassionate to his patients, and always gives 100%.”

Connie B.


Dear Doctor P.V.

Enclosed are the photos of my finger that you saved. Thanks so much for your excellent care.

Joe T.


“Dr. Vanek is ALWAYS so attentive to his patients and spends quality time at the bedside. He is also appreciative to his patient’s nurses for their care.”

Amy S.


Paul,

Deep gratitude is the best way to express our appreciation for your support of the Y. Jeff, Erik, and I know you will join us to celebrate another great year.

D.B., March 2011


Dear Dr. Vanek,

I followed your trip to Haiti on the news, and heard your interview on NPR yesterday. Although many of us would like to make such a contribution, it just isn’t in the cards. The following question for me: how could I contribute once I was there?

It is so very admirable to know that you seized the moment and dove in. The brief recounting that I heard on the radio was so very touching; I can see how it will forever change you.
This is a note of thanks from those of us “out there” who are grateful and want to acknowledge your contributions. Many Thanks.


“I’ve had many surgeries with Dr. Vanek over the past five years. I’ve had a tummy tuck, breast reduction, facelift, and most recently, a Mentor Peel. He’s just excellent.

I don’t believe I could have picked a better plastic surgeon to go to. His skills as a plastic surgeon are excellent. Dr. Vanek is always very kind, friendly, and compassionate. He’s always been there for me. Anytime I have questions, even after the surgery, and I call him, he returns my calls. He explains things very thoroughly and makes you feel comfortable. He is a very patient doctor and takes the time to make sure you are comfortable with your decision. He will give you whatever time you need so that you don’t feel rushed.

As a person who has a lot of questions on everything I’ve gone through, he has always been there for me. I’ve been very happy with all of the results from his procedures. The staff in his office are all very friendly and helpful, always willing to accommodate any needs or questions I have when I’m there or if I call on the phone.

I can’t speak any more highly of him. Throughout your life you go to different doctors but I’ve never found a doctor to be as compassionate, helpful, and there for me and make me feel very important as he does. To me, he’s a very heart-warming doctor and I highly recommend him to anybody I talk to.”

P, December 2013


There aren’t even words to describe how great Dr. Vanek and his staff are! I was at a very low and sad point and if it wasn’t for all of these people, I don’t know how I would have been able to get through it. I love each and every person in this office and I thank God I met Dr. Vanek and his staff!

SB, February 2011


“I think that the girls here in the office are fantastic! I have recommended them to others. Dr. Vanek is a very polite and very courteous gentleman. The discomfort and the pain that you go through for the few weeks after surgery is nothing compared to all the discomfort that you have gone through for the years prior. I would strongly recommend that anybody that is seriously considering any type of plastic surgery to see Dr. Vanek.”

Wendy B.


“Through the News Herald flyers that you get for free in your mailbox. County Chat (not sure of name ?) Saw the newspaper advertisements, saw it was conveniently close to home, and went for consultation. He was overly considerate, careful and very aware of my concerns and needs.

I had no question on what I wanted done. I honestly knew nothing about him going into the office for consultation. But compared to other doctor consultations, he was the best at making me feel comfortable. He followed up with me after the surgery to make sure I got it looked at in case it was cancer. Thankfully it wasn’t. So, he went above the call of duty to make me feel comfortable and care for my overall health beyond the tummy tuck.

I am very pleased with the service he and his staff gave me. The massages in the package after the surgery were also a great perk and added bonus! He seems to genuinely care for me, my body, and my overall health.

When I had complications after surgery with the antibiotics, he was very patient with me (and all my after hour phone calls) and helped me work through the issues with alternative options. I’m thankful to Dr. Vanek and his staff. I don’t regret chosing him and my stomach looks flat and fabulous! Thanks Dr. Vanek.”

Christy L, Tummy Tuck


“I almost lost my fingers! On Memorial Day Weekend I went camping and I cut my hand really bad – so bad I couldn’t bend my fingers at all. Thank God for one of the nicest doctors ever! He fixed my fingers. His name is Dr. Vanek and he did surgery on my hand, fixed 3 tendons, and a couple nerves.

I admire him because he did it for free and he didn’t even know me. If it wasn’t for Dr. Vanek my hand would still be messed up. And it would be too late to fix it. Without him and his help I wouldn’t have much use of my hand.”


Dear Dr. Vanek & Team (you know who you are!)

There are no words adequate to convey my appreciation for the ways you have impacted my lift. You all make me a better person, inside and out. Thank you for your kindness, talent, patience, and love. Everything each of you possess is rare and a gift.

With love & gratitude,

Robin P. March 2014