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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

PureGraft™ Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

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PureGraft™ - This revolutionary new treatment involves harvesting fat from various areas of your body (e.g. abdomen, flanks, outer thighs) and then having it re-injected into your breasts to give them fuller volume and shape.  It is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthetic and leaves you with NO scars.  As it is your own tissue there is no chance of rejection or allergic reaction.

Regenerative cells are a particular type of cell that can differentiate into various other cells when placed in the correct environment.  They also release growth factors which stimulate blood vessel production which maintains the viability of the surrounding tissue.

Regenerative  cells have of recent attracted significant interest in several different medical specialities including heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative bone disease, diabetes, Parkinson's, MS, liver cirrhosis, skin grafts and scar revision.

Dr Wolf uses revolutionary 3D imaging in both the pre-op and post-op period for accurate assessment and comparison.

 

Where is the fat taken from?

Regenerative cells are harvested from the patient’s own fat during our VASER Liposelection procedure. Fat transfer breast augmentation therefore is to be used in combination with ultrasound assisted liposulpture.  A modified liposelection procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and the tissue is then processed in a machine which concentrates the stem cells.  Once this procedure is complete the concentrate is then combined with more fat tissue and re-injected into the breasts through tiny little puncture holes, thus leaving no scars.  The most common areas where fat is harvested from are abdomen, outer thighs and flanks.

How are the fat cells administered into the breasts.

Equal amounts of fat tissue are injected into both breasts to give them a fuller and firmer shape.   The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and administration is via a small cannula which leaves no scar.  The fat tissue gives the breast a natural look and feel.

What are the risk factors?

As with any other minimally invasive procedure there is a small risk of infection, bleeding, bruising.  As the fat is your own tissue the chances of allergic reaction, rejection and capsule formation are almost negligible compared to traditional breast augmentation techniques.

 

 

FAT TRANSFER BREAST AUGMENTATION - FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS

What is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Fat transfer breast augmentation is a procedure based on regenerative medicine and involves the collection of regenerative cells from your own adipose (fat) tissue and the re-injection of those cells, together with purified adipose tissue into the breast.  The regenerative cells maintain the viability of the fat that has been injected and create an infrastructure for it to survive.  The fat tissue then integrates naturally with the surrounding breast tissue, resulting in permanently bigger, firmer breasts.  It is possible to gain 1-2 cup sizes per treatment depending on how much fat is harvested. Using the patients own cells represents a highly safe treatment with no concerns of foreign body reaction, such as encapsulation, allergies or tissue rejection.

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Publications

Publications

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