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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

VASER Liposelection/ Hi Def™

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Vaser LogoDr Dennis Wolf is one of the UK's experts in VASER Liposelection, bodycontouring and VASER Hi Def.  An ultrasound technique is used to liquefy fat before it is removed with gentle suction.  This is in comparison to the high pressure vacuum used in traditional liposuction.

There are several different SmartLipo devices on the market now.  VASER has now super ceded the other forms of SmartLipo. The ultrasound breaks down the fat into liquid debris and the liquefied fat can then be removed with gentle suction. The heat of the ultrasound also stimulates collagen growth in the skin, leading to skin tightening which helps achieve a smooth, sculptured look.

Dr Wolf is one of five Hi Definition trained practitioners in the UK.  Although you may not want the Hi Def treatment you will get the expertise and benefit of Dr Wolf's skills in contouring and sculpturing the body.  This will give you the benefit of shadows and lines in the appropriate anatomical areas.

 

The Advantages of VASER Liposelection

  • Minimal discomfort
  • Minimal downtime (most patients can return to normal daily activities the next day)
  • Local anaesthetic as opposed to general anaesthetic
  • Compression garments are worn 2 weeks as opposed to 6-8 weeks
  • Side-effects such as pain, bruising, loose skin, scarring and irregularities are uncommon
  • Contour, definition, shape (Abs)

VASER Frequently Ask Questions

Is VASER suitable for you?

Vaser Lipo can help remove stubborn localised pockets of fat in areas such as love handles, abdomen, double chin, inner and outer thighs, hips, bottom, upper arms, face and male breast. However, it should not be considered a weight-loss procedure. If you are in good health, follow a sensible diet and have an active lifestyle and are not overweight, but you wish to lose stubborn pockets of fat, Vaser Lipo is ideal – whatever your age.

What happens during the procedure?

Dr Wolf will offer you a free, no obligation initial consultation where you can discuss your needs. This is a good opportunity to discuss the procedure in detail, raise any concerns, expectations, and find out how much it will cost. The length of the procedure itself may range from as little as 45 minutes to two hours depending on how many areas are treated. After local anaesthetic is applied to the area, the ultrasound probe is inserted through a tiny incision (3-5mm) in the skin. If more areas are treated at once he may decide to perform the procedure under conscious sedation (twilight sedation). The ultrasound breaks down the fat into a liquid debris. Dr Wolf uses aspiration (suction) in most cases as this enables larger amounts to be removed and can usually speed up the results. Most patients start to see improvements around six to eight weeks and final results after six to seven months (sometimes even longer), depending on the treatment area. If, however, you want to remove a large amount of fat, you may need a further session six months after the first.

Does it hurt?

All Vaser lipo treatments are performed using only local anaesthetic. You will therefore be awake. Most find the procedure easily tolerable and comfortable. Some experience some tugging and occasional minor stinging.

What aftercare is needed?

After having a Vaser lipo treatment, patients wear a special compression garment for 14 days (24 hours a day) to help minimise bruising and swelling (or two to three days if you are having a facial treatment).  It is then recommended to wear it for a further 2-4 weeks (8-10 hours a day).  Antibiotics are also usually given to further reduce the risk of infection. You will be given full post-treatment written and verbal guidelines. We recommend eating a sensible low fat diet, drinking plenty of water and maintaining a healthy exercise routine afterwards, however it isn't advisable to take part in any strenuous sports for 14 days or to have an intense massage for four to five weeks. If, however, you wish to speed up the results, we recommend having Endermologie treatments.

What is MLD?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle type of massage that will assist in relieving the swelling.  It can be performed on the same say as the VASER treatment or in the following days.  The number of treatments required varies on the area that has been treated.  Generally anything from 4-6 sessions are required.  Occasionally the therapist will recommend more if the swelling is still prominent.  Dr Wolf insists that all his patients have MLD treatment sessions.  Therapists can be found on www.mlduk.org.uk.

Are there any side-effects?

Vaser lipo has been used in other countries for years and thousands of treatments have been performed without any serious problems reported. Most people report a dull background ache for a few days and occasional mild bruising. You may also experience some swelling, especially during the first few days. You will be able to leave the clinic straight after your treatment and although we usually advise home rest for a few hours, if necessary you could return to your day to day non-strenuous activities immediately.

Are results guaranteed?

Yes. During your initial free pre-treatment consultation Dr Wolf will assess your suitability for Vaser lipo. Once your expectations and goals are agreed, pre-treatment photos are taken. After your treatment you will routinely be offered two follow-up appointments- three months and six months after your treatment. Providing your BMI has not risen, if there is no noticeable difference between the before and after photographs six months after your treatment, we will repeat the treatment free of charge.

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Publications

Publications

Here are a few of the prominent publications Dr Wolf has been featured in.