“The ideal facelift is the same patient who just looks younger. And someone who hasn’t seen him or her in a while would simply say they look marvelous. Natural, that’s what we want,” says Dr. Paul Vanek, a top facelift surgeon serving Cleveland, Ohio. “For a person who is two weeks post-op, I want them to have that natural look and pass the ‘mall test.’ When the patient is walking in the mall, you’d say ‘wow, look at those cute shoes.’ You wouldn’t notice the facelift. You wouldn’t see an overly stretched or tightened or pulled-back appearance. Just someone who is natural and beautiful.”
Dr. Vanek is a master sculptor of the human body. A board-certified general and plastic surgeon, a bio-chemist, and researcher for the FDA and NIH, Dr. Vanek knows how the body works, and how to manipulate its structures to produce aesthetically pleasing results for his patients. His office is conveniently located in Mentor, Ohio, on Cleveland’s east side.
“I pride myself on catering to the individual needs of my patients, and I think patients who are interested in facelift and neck lift surgery deserve to have someone who sees them from start to finish, and performs the surgery themselves,” explains Dr. Vanek, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. “I can talk with you about your goals and our respective perfectionism and say, ‘what’s going to give us the longest-lasting result and what will make you very happy?’ If there is more than one choice, I have the ability to explain the difference in outcomes in a forthright way. That’s where having a doctor who has more than one arrow in his quiver becomes indispensable.”
Dr. Vanek utilizes a multi-vector approach and a number of techniques to produce great outcomes for his patients, including the SMAS technique and the MACS lift. Dr. Vanek may also suggest complementary procedures like a neck lift, or eyelid surgery to enhance the outcome.
A great facelift outcome begins with the consultation, according to Dr. Vanek. During your consult, Dr. Vanek will educate you on the risks and benefits of any procedure and empower you to make an informed, medically sound decision. Your individual anatomy and your aesthetic goals will create a series of surgical options for Dr. Vanek to review with you. Dr. Vanek and his staff employ a variety of “forecasting” tools, like digital imaging, to help you understand your possible outcome and create realistic expectations. He’ll review photos of other patients who share your concerns and have had the procedure(s) you are contemplating.
Dr. Vanek would like to offer a piece of advice for patients interested in a facelift procedure – stay away from ‘quick lifts.’
“The gimmicky quick lifts are just that: gimmicky,” says Dr. Vanek, one of ‘America’s Top Physicians’ according to the Consumer’s Research Council of America. “In most cases, they are not a good alternative for our Cleveland face lift patients. Every patient should be given individual attention; their needs and anatomy carefully examined. There are some patients who come in thinking they need a facelift, but I am able to give them the results they want and love. I have the judgment and experience to be able to achieve the best outcome possible as defined by your unique circumstances.”
“No one can guarantee a great result, but if it’s an outcome that is possible, I am going to strive to achieve that outcome,” Dr. Vanek says. “Give us a call. I’d love to talk with you and help you celebrate your beauty.”