Eyelid Plastic Surgery For Men

Eye lid lifts and eye brow lifts for middle aged men at Vanek Plastic Surgery

Health Focus is a weekly article in the Lake County News Herald featuring a Q & A with Dr. Vanek.

Q: My wife says I need plastic surgery on my eyes. Is that common for a 56-year old male?

I see many middle aged men who tell me they feel great, but they look tired, especially around their eyes. Procedures such as eyebrow lifts and eyelid lifts have become much more accepted among men. In fact, eyelid surgery has been the second most popular plastic surgery among males, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

What is an eyelid lift?

In an eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, a surgeon removes hanging skin on the upper eyelid that drapes over the brow down toward the eyelashes. Often, an eyebrow lift is also performed with an eyelid lift, which can be done traditionally, or an endoscopic brow lift that requires very small incisions. Besides looking more refreshed, some patients say that it helped their vision because the brows and eyelid skin no longer droop and obstruct their vision.

Neither surgery is especially difficult or painful. Bruising is controlled by medicine and I laser my patient’s bruising to minimize it. You can shower the next day. Eye drops and ointments are used for a few weeks after surgery.

Men are also increasingly having other procedures, such as Botox to relax facial muscles, specifically those that create frowns and furrowed brows, or which give the impression that you are angry or tense. Liposuction is also popular, especially treating love handles and the lower belly.

Often times men your age need to look younger in a competitive job market. Others simply want to look and feel better about their body, and they want to look as good on the outside as they feel.

Dr. Paul Vanek MD, FACS
Vanek Plastic Surgery
9485 Mentor Ave #100
Mentor, OH 44060

Best Breast Augmentation Size

What size breast augmentation should I get?

Health Focus is a weekly article in the Lake County News Herald featuring a Q & A with Dr. Vanek.

Q: I finally decided to get a breast augmentation. But how do I know what size to get?

Do not feel that you are unique with this concern, because most patients ask about breast augmentation sizes when they first come into our office. However, after the consultation and custom sizing, they feel very comfortable with their choice.

Do a little breast augmentation research

Of course, this is a personal decision, and most patients start with a general opinion of how they want to look. Our before-and-after gallery on our website can provide assistance, as can your own consideration of how you think that people you know or even celebrities you see look when they wear the same type of clothing that you would like to wear after you have your procedure.

When you come in for your private consultation, we will discuss your body type and your amount of breast tissue. In addition to me, my cosmetic coordinator is very experienced in making recommendations that will make you look your very best, including high-profile implants. We also will have you “try out” various sizes under any clothing you wish to bring with you, so you can get an excellent idea how you will appear with different sized implants.

Finally, I need to mention that some patients also give a lot of consideration to what they think their friends, family or spouse will say, or how they think you should look. While this may be a factor, I urge you to make your final decision based on how you feel you want to look. It’s your body, and you are the only person that will live with your decision every minute of the day.

Dr. Paul Vanek MD, FACS
Vanek Plastic Surgery
9485 Mentor Ave #100
Mentor, OH 44060

Lip Enhancement in Cleveland, Ohio

If you no longer like the way your mouth looks, or it is looking pruned out or tired, you have a couple of great options for reliably improving your appearance. The general treatment is the addition of volume as well as resurfacing the skin. What that means is that we treat the problem of the texture of the skin as well as the architecture of the lips.

Fat transfer with no downtime

Marty had the hip of an 80-year-old—until a pain-free fat transfer procedure from Dr. Paul Vanek got him up and running again. Here is his remarkable story.

by Patricia Nugent, Mimi Vanderhaven magazine

The last thing an avid runner expects to hear from his doctor is, “You have the hip of an 80-year-old.”

So when 38-year-old Marty Mackar received that diagnosis following an MRI that indicated he suffered from arthritis and only one-third of the cartilage remained on his hip joint, the news was a jolt.

fat transfer saves runner's hip - Vanek Plastic Surgery

Photography: Benjamin Margalit.

Marty Mackar had his fat transfer last August. There was no downtime. In fact, he walked out of Dr. Paul Vanek’s office right after the procedure. “Afterward my hip felt 100% better.” — Marty MackarBack.

“I had pushed my body so hard, training for the Boston Marathon and playing lots of indoor soccer, that I tore a muscle,” he recalls. “But the MRI showed there was more going on than just the muscle, so I underwent surgery to address the advanced arthritis and resculpt the hip bone. Afterward there was still pain and stiffness. I was told I probably wouldn’t run again, which was devastating.”

Then his orthopedic doctor mentioned a break-through procedure performed by Dr. Paul Vanek of extracting structural fat from the abdomen and injecting this into joints to both cushion and lubricate, as well as regrow cartilage. He is one of a handful of doctors in Ohio to specialize in this transfer, which has shown remarkable success in reducing joint pain and increasing functionality and strength.

It has applications for joints, including the hips, knees, shoulders, elbows and wrists, that are affected by arthritis or tendonitis, and the effects of the procedure usually last one to two years, says Dr. Vanek.
He has perfected this technique over the past two years. And thanks to his background as a biochemist, biophysicist and researcher for the National Institute of Health, he is privy to emerging medical technologies and strives to bring them to Northeast Ohio.

Getting Back on Track

Marty underwent the fat transfer last August. “It was pain free thanks to a local anesthetic. I was awake the whole time while Dr. Vanek gently suctioned the fat from my belly.”

Dr. Vanek explains that the fat was then held in a container where it separates, “leaving the purified, stem-cell rich fat on the top layer like cream separated from milk. That was what we injected into his hip.”

There was no downtime. In fact, Marty walked out of the doctor’s office after the procedure.

“Afterward my hip felt 100 percent better,” he says. “Though there are remaining issues with my groin muscle healing from the first surgery, my ultimate goal is to be back on the track running and training.”

Marty says the fat transfer procedure with Dr. Vanek and his staff was a wonderful experience, and that he was educated about every step of the process along the way.

Dr. Vanek believes that the warm and inviting atmosphere and attitude of his staff is what distinguishes his practice from others. He mentions, “Patients describe their experience here as comforting and nurturing, and I’m proud of that.”

In addition to improving functionality of patients’ joints with fat transfer procedures, as a plastic surgeon Dr. Vanek uses his surgical skills to perform a variety of esthetic rejuvenation procedures for body and face, from facelifts to neck lifts, brow lifts, eyelid lifts, rhinoplasty, breast augmentations/reductions or lifts, liposuction, tummy tucks and more. He also offers a variety of laser services and is the first in the area to offer the new Hydra Facial MD non-invasive anti-aging skin care treatment, now at an introductory $99 price.

Dr. Paul Vanek is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. His offices are easily accessible from I-90, located at 9485 Mentor Avenue, Suite 100, in Mentor. For more information, call 440-205-5750 or visit MentorPlasticSurgery.com.

Mini vs full tummy tuck recovery

Should I have a mini or full tummy tuck? Is the recovery time significantly less?

Health Focus is a weekly article in the Lake County News Herald featuring a Q & A with Dr. Vanek.

Q: I have had four children and I need a tummy tuck.  Should I have a mini or full tummy tuck?

This decision of mini vs full tummy tuck requires an in-office consultation so I cannot give you an answer without seeing and talking with you. It is important that I know how you would like to look, and what areas about yourself you want to improve. While removing loose skin or bulges may be your biggest incentive, there may be other conditions that a board-certified doctor like myself must consider before discussing recovery.

From my experience, I can say that the majority of my patients need a full tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty.” I don’t discuss a mini-tummy tuck with them because I know they will not be satisfied. A mini will help tighten your lower abdomen. I usually will tighten the lower muscles to provide additional flattening. I may then use liposuction to help define your waist. If you need adjustments on the upper abdomen, you will require a full tummy tuck. If you have muscle separation that extends to the upper abdomen, this could be more readily repaired with a full tummy tuck. Liposuction is also often a part of a full tummy tuck.

For patients who don’t need a full tummy tuck because they don’t have excess skin present, another option could be a modified abdominoplasty, which combines the best of an abdominoplasty and liposuction.

Recovery time for tummy tucks

Recovery time is shorter with a mini tummy tuck, but that is really irrelevant. You need the procedures that your body needs and that will make you feel the best about yourself.

Dr. Paul Vanek MD, FACS
Vanek Plastic Surgery
9485 Mentor Ave #100
Mentor, OH 44060

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Is all liposuction the same?

IS ALL LIPOSUCTION THE SAME? - Vanek Plastic Surgery, Cleveland, Ohio

Health Focus is a weekly article in the Lake County News Herald featuring a Q & A with Dr. Vanek.

How liposuction has evolved

Liposuction was introduced to patients in the 1970’s, but started becoming popular in the late 1990s, when ultrasound was introduced to facilitate fat removal by first liquefying fat using ultrasonic energy. Since then, liposuction has progressed to lower the energy and make the wavelength even more specific to the fat cells. This third-generation treatment method is known as Vaser Liposuction. I specifically utilize Vaser LipoSelection, because it is so selective for the fat density. It spares injury to the collagen, nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics found integrated in the three dimensions of the layer we treat.

How Vaser LipoSelection is different from other laser liposuction

When we look at the laser methods, the lack of selectivity is immediately evident because the wavelengths of the laser energy essentially don’t selectively treat the fat. The laser cooks all the tissues, and while it may reduce the fat layer, laser liposuction techniques also destroy tissue important to keep, like nerves and lymphatics.

Because of my background in biophysics research, my product reviews, and my personal experience, I have concluded that Vaser Liposuction is a clearly superior method for my patients. When compared to traditional liposuction methods in the same patient, my co-investigators and I found that skin contracture was 53% better on the Vaser-treated side. Vaser treatment was also shown to have 23% less blood loss compared to regular liposuction. These findings were accepted for publication in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Liposuction is the number one cosmetic surgery performed in the U.S. each year. To learn if Vaser LipoSelection may be right for you, contact us or call my office.

Dr. Paul Vanek MD, FACS
Vanek Plastic Surgery
9485 Mentor Ave #100
Mentor, OH 44060

Mommy Makeovers in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland area mothers devote so much of themselves and their resources to their children — from time and energy to money and miles in the car. You feel good about it, knowing that every sacrifice is more than worthwhile to keep your family healthy and happy. But even with all you do, what gets a little lost is your own well-being. What if you could take care of yourself and your family too? That’s exactly the philosophy behind the Mommy Makeover. Now more than ever, you have exciting surgical options to reverse the unwanted effects of childbearing and age.

Cleveland Breast Asymmetry

Did you know that research at the University of Texas noted that 88% of women studied had breast asymmetry?

Breast surgeons recently polled at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) convention in Denver agreed that the results underestimated asymmetry of the breast by about 12%. Astoundingly, women do not appreciate how frequently their breasts are asymmetric until it’s pointed out to them in clinical exams.

To read more from the ASPS, click here.

Contact us today if you’d like to learn more.