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My VASER experience..... 

Six months ago I had never heard of lipedema. As far as I was concerned, I was an overweight woman, with fat legs, who in spite of 43 years of trying to lose weight, had never managed to do so. In addition to being fat, therefore, I carried the burden of my self-perception as being weak-willed and incapable of exercising control over my body, an attitude that spilled over and profoundly influenced almost every area of the rest of my life.  

I had come to the Private Clinic because I wanted a breast reduction having heard about the miraculous Vaser technique, which seemed almost too good to be true: a short, minimally invasive procedure under local anaesthetic, which promised minimal downtime… However during the breast consultation I realized that this might also work for my fat legs and so it was, when Dr Wolf was assessing me for treatment, I first heard about lipedema.

It is not an overstatement to say that day was one of the most significant days of my life. Internet searches for lipedema yielded results that were simultaneously desperate, depressing, liberating and yet hopeful. Depressing and desperate because nine out of ten websites delivered the news that it was a chronic and incurable condition of unknown cause. Liberating because at a stroke I realized I was the victim, not the perpetrator, of my affliction (removing guilt at a stroke). And hopeful because one in ten sources mentioned Vaser, or tumescent liposuction: a new technique, which was apparently ‘transforming’ the lives of some lipedema sufferers.

It is hard to know where to begin to describe the experience of the last 4 months in which so many physical, psychological and emotional changes have taken place. I’ll begin with the experience of surgery itself: I have had 5 procedures in 4 separate operations over 4 months. The experience of Vaser itself is, as promised, short, minimally invasive, minimally uncomfortable and carried out by medical teams who are quite exceptional in terms of the quality of care, technical expertise and follow up treatment they provide. Within half an hour, a double chin I had hated since my teens, was removed. Within a further two hours, the breasts I had loathed since my early 40s, and which had ballooned since the menopause, were considerably reduced (the most marked result being that I no longer walk with a stoop, a life long affliction I had assumed was a spinal deformity). The tum which had grown since the menopause was radically reduced within 2 hours, and the same for thighs and calves (in addition to lipedema, the latter were very disfigured in an RTA I had when I was 17. Selective fat removal has rendered them almost symmetrical and looking far more like normal legs. Again, all under local anaesthetic and within the space of less than 2 hours).

At this juncture it is worth remarking on how, in just one patient, this extraordinary treatment has alleviated such a wide range of life-long afflictions, resulting from such various causes as the menopause, an RTA, the condition of lipedema and (in the case of my double chin) some unfortunate genes!

My recovery from each of these procedures has been very smooth. I liken the operations to rather long trips to the dentist (although unlike the dentist, you can chat!) and the recovery period is comparable with getting over a mild cold or having a period. I had to wear a compression garment for 2 weeks, take a course of antibiotics and have some (very enjoyable!) MLD.  Post-operative pain was minimal and alleviated with an occasional paracetemol.

Visually, I look very different.  I never wanted to be a catwalk model or an athlete – that’s not what I wanted from my body – but I now look OK, and looking OK is not something I take for granted! Having spent over 4 decades feeling I was deficient and abnormal, looking OK is a HUGE thing for me, and precisely what I wanted to achieve.  I used to think I didn’t fit in and my physical problems were in the foreground of people’s perception of me. Now I look in a mirror and am happy with what I see, which means I can get on with my life and my relationships with other. I’m OK!

Looking OK, means that the psycho-emotional jumble of self-deprecating thoughts and feelings have been defused.  It is impossible to overstate just how significant this is. It is fair to say that even if I hadn’t had Vaser, the guilt about my condition would have gone, at a stroke, with Dr Wolf’s diagnosis. But with Vaser I find I am more psychologically outgoing. Unconsciously, as the condition took hold and became compounded, post-menopause, with larger breasts and tum, I had let friendships lapse: I have now picked up the threads of some treasured old friends and have many social events planned, which I would otherwise have avoided.

I don’t quite know where the energy has come from. Yes, I have lost bulk and feel more psychologically inclined to move and be active, but the resultant energy seems above and beyond these causes. Whatever the cause, this has been a fantastic result and find I DO so much more of everything – gardening, housework and so on. With the increased activity is a further enhanced sense of wellbeing. At one point I was doing so much that my son asked if anything was the matter with me, so unaccustomed is he to having an active mum!

The Vaser results have given me a huge boost, which I am building on with changes in lifestyle. I am learning more about lipedema and eating better, plus taking regular exercise. I recognize that these choices will support my overall health now and into the future.

Speaking of which, in 2 days time I will arrive at the milestone of my 60th birthday with all that that bespeaks. I shudder to think how I would have felt at this juncture in my life, had I not discovered Vaser. My physical condition would have been unaltered, and I would have hovered in that horrible hinterland of guilt, desperation and false hope. I now feel as though my life has just begun. I have the energy and self-confidence to face the future with enthusiasm, excitement, curiosity and a sense of physical and mental well-being. It is true to say that I feel healthier, in every sense, than I felt at any of my other milestone birthdays.

I cannot recommend Vaser too highly and while I realize that results doubtless vary with the individual, dependent on all sorts of factors, not least patient expectations, I am happy for my results to be used to help others who are in a similar position to where I found myself 6 months ago.  

CM, Shropshire, April 2012.

 

 

 

Dear Dr Wolf, I would like to thank you for your excellent work you did a few weeks ago on my upper arms.  I'm so thrilled with them that I have no concerns with  wearing short sleeve blouses any longer.  I can even see some muscle contour now.

Thrilled to bits.

Thanks again.

 

TH, Chelmsford

Again, I would like to thank you and Dolly for all of your help and support throughout this time, you have definitely made it all easier. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Private Clinic to people based on your excellent customer service, and attention to detail, not just on the procedure itself, which gives amazing results!! I was able to carry on with everyday life and indeed go back to work 2 days after having it done. I now have the confidence to go swimming with my children and wear a bikini on holidays.

Dr Wolf explained the procedure in easy to understand terms, and I was able to be fully aware of what he was doing at all times. It was a painless experience, although it was a slightly bizarre sensation, knowing what was happening but not being able to feel it or see it clearly.

FC, Birmingham

Dear Dr Wolf,

Thank you for what you did on Tuesday. I am very pleased with the current results.  I look forward to seeing you in about six weeks. 

Please also pass on my thanks to your assistant ( I have forgotten her name). She was very sweet and reassuring. 

NJ , Kent
Dr Dennis Wolf

Muscle Relaxing Injections (Botox®)

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Muscle relaxing injections (Botox®) are simple, yet very effective in smoothing frown and brow lines. The few tiny injections are given painlessly into the facial muscles with a micro-needle. This treatment is ideal for forehead lines, crow's feet and tension headaches. This can be used in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments to enhance and maintain results for longer.

Dr Wolf conducts free, no obligation consultations and discusses your needs and expectations. Furthermore, he will reassure you with regards to any concerns you have about any cosmetic procedures. His impressive photographic before and after portfolio speaks for itself.

Botox® Treatments Size/Area Price from £
Botox® 1 Area £200
Botox® 2 Areas £270
Botox® 3 Areas £320
Hyperhydrosis (Excessive sweating) both underarms £500

Frequently Ask Questions

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What is Botox®?

Botox® is a brand name for Botulinum Toxin, a purified protein which when injected temporarily weakens muscles that cause severe frown lines. These lines smoothen out giving a younger and more youthful look. Botox® also has a preventative effect in that it precludes frown lines from getting worse.

What does the procedure involve?

Dr Wolf will conduct a no obligation free consultation during which he will go through your medical history to see that you don’t have any contra-indications for the procedure. He will then discuss your aims and expectations and answer any questions you may have about the procedure. A typical Botox® treatment lasts about ten minutes, and involves a few tiny injections. Within a few days there is a noticeable improvement in persistent frown lines, helping both men and women achieve a healthier more youthful appearance. The full effect of the treatment may take 1-2 weeks to occur.

After your Treatment

Try to exercise your treated muscles for 2-3 hours after treatment (e.g. practice frowning, raising your eyebrows, squinting). This helps to work Botox® into your muscles. Although this is thought to help, it will NOT impact your treatment negatively if you forget to do this.

  • Do NOT rub or massage the treated area for 24 hours after your treatment
  • Do NOT apply make-up for 4 hours after your treatment
  • Do NOT lie down or do strenuous exercise for 4 hours after treatment.

Feel free to shower and go about most other regular daily activities. Be assured that any tiny bumps or marks will disappear within a few hours after your treatment. Results of your treatment may take up to 14 days to take full effect.

How often will I need the treatment?

Generally speaking the product remains active for 3-4 months. Depending on the individual this may vary. The more treatments you have the less you may require in future as your wrinkles will become less pronounced. If Botox® is used in conjunction with Dermal Fillers the frequency of treatments required can be less.

Safety & Side Effects

Botox® has been utilised to smoothen frown lines for over 15 years. To date more than 5 million treatments have been performed and it is one of the most performed non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the world.

Like all prescription treatments, wrinkle-relaxing treatment with Botox® may have some side effects. By seeking an experienced consultant you will reduce this risk profile significantly.

Wrinkle-relaxing treatments should not be used if you have a history of previous allergy to botulinum toxins. They may not be suitable for those with an active infection such as acne at the injection site or a history of disease affecting your nerves and muscles.

If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant soon, or are breast feeding, wrinkle-relaxing treatments may not be right for you.

Be sure that your qualified consultant knows about all prescription and over-the-counter medicines you’re using, as well as any vitamin or nutritional supplements you’re currently taking.

In general, any side effects occur within the first few days following injection and are temporary. As expected for any injection procedure, pain/burning/stinging/swelling and/or bruising may be associated with the injection. The most common side effects are headaches, drooping eye lid (this should be temporary and should go away when the effects of the injection wear off), pain or bruising, skin redness, and local muscle weakness.

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Publications

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