By Mary Malik
“Don’t ever feel guilty about taking care of yourself.”
These are important words of advice that all of us need to hear. Victoria Sharp, a patient of Dr. Paul Vanek, of Vanek Plastic Surgery in Mentor, says this because she believes it, and because she wants all women to understand that taking care of yourself, both physically and emotionally, makes you better not only for yourself, but also for everyone in your life.
“I met Victoria and her daughter, Lillian, separately. I performed Lillian’s breast augmentation in 2014 and Victoria came to me for her breast lift this past April,” says Dr. Vanek.
“Whether it’s the size of your breasts, or their shape and positioning that you want to enhance or correct, I welcome your call and visit so we can talk about your personal goals.”
This is where Dr. Vanek is much more than your surgeon. He is your trusted confidant and a knowledgeable, highly skilled and experienced expert, all in one. Double board-certified both in general and plastic surgery, a biochemist and researcher, Dr. Vanek understands how to manipulate the body’s structures to reveal his patients’ true beauty.
“I always wanted larger breasts,” says Lillian. “I was always very small and never felt comfortable in clothes, or out of clothes. Luckily, I found Dr. Vanek. I could not be happier with my entire experience. I fell in love with his entire staff from the first phone call.”
After an introductory appointment and consultation, where Lillian and Dr. Vanek discussed size and shape of implants and details of the procedure and recovery, Lillian’s surgery took place on a Friday and she was back to work the following Monday.
“I was amazed at how good I felt and how very little pain I had,” says Lillian. “But the best part is how I was immediately thrilled with my results. I loved myself.”
Dr. Vanek describes Lillian’s recovery and response as typical and something most women can expect after breast augmentation.
“Breast augmentation is for the woman who isn’t happy with the volume of her breasts,” says Dr. Vanek. “Lillian had never been satisfied with her size and became even less so after breastfeeding her son. This is very common. Women can also lose volume after weight loss and want a more voluptuous look. I placed cohesive silicone implants underneath Lillian’s muscle for a natural appearance. The incisions are very small, resulting in very manageable pain.”
And after seeing her daughter Lillian’s results, Victoria was so impressed with her new look that for once, she started thinking about herself.
“I think it’s hard for women to think about themselves without experiencing some guilt,” says Victoria. “After raising my daughters, I felt I wanted to look and feel a little more feminine. I didn’t want larger breasts, but I just wanted to feel comfortable not wearing a bra under some of my pretty dresses and tops. For me, a breast lift was the answer.”
Dr. Vanek says a lift is for the woman who is happy with the volume of her breasts but not with the shape and positioning. A lift restores your breast shape and position without adding volume.
“I place incisions around the nipple, reposition the breast and then replace the nipple for a completely natural result,” says Dr. Vanek. “Victoria’s procedure had minimal pain and she was also back to work in a couple of days. I recommend that patients consider taking even more time off, but Victoria and Lillian were ready to get back to their lives.”
Many women like Victoria and Lillian are uncomfortable or embarrassed talking about their breasts or other parts of their body they aren’t pleased with. Victoria was pleasantly surprised with that part of her experience. “‘Kind’ is the best word to describe the staff here,” she shares. “I never felt judged or rushed in any way. And for such a sensitive topic to discuss with strangers, I was immediately put at ease. I love everyone here.”
Dr. Vanek totally understands this natural concern, and how it can sometimes prevent people from calling a plastic surgeon. “We really build strong relationships with our patients. That’s why so many of them even have their photos on my two websites,” says Dr. Vanek.
“We all try to make our patients feel at ease through the whole process,” he continues. “I’ve spent hours just talking through the options, risks and benefits. I want you to be totally thrilled with your result. I am walking this walk with you. After I make my recommendations based on a complete dimensional analysis of your body type and expectations, together we come up with the perfect plan for you.”
And don’t think that once you’re out of surgery Dr. Vanek is out of your life.
“I tell my patients from our first meeting that this is the beginning of a long-term relationship,” says Dr. Vanek. “Between yearly checkups and whatever treatments and procedures you may want in the future, you’re in my life for the rest of my career.”
And for this mother and daughter duo, Victoria and Lillian, that’s just fine.
Dr. Paul Vanek is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, and a Fellow of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. His offices are at 9485 Mentor Avenue, Suite 100, in Mentor. He offers various payment options. For more information, call 440-205-5750or visit MentorPlasticSurgery.com or ThisCanBU.com, where all photos are of actual patients, and not retouched.