I could blather on and on about my experience with Dr. Steven Vath at The Center for Cosmetic Surgery...so I will!
I did serious homework. I spent over a year researching the procedures I wanted. I then began a painstaking process of finding a physician. There are many qualified surgeons where I live, but I chose to drive to Dr. Vath's office, about an hour away. He was the last physician on my list and from the very beginning I knew he would be my doctor. I went in with what I thought were reasonable expectations and was impressed with his attentiveness during my consult. Six months later, when my surgery was complete, I felt like Dr. Vath had not only met my expectations, but went beyond them. My results are amazing!
The entire experience was more than I hoped for. From my consult, to my pre-op visit with a lovely nurse I'd never met before (who wound up taking naked pictures of me – I mean really, we just met!), the kind nurses who administered my IV and made me comfortable. Let's not forget a fantastic, skilled anesthesiologist. I wish I could tell you about the recovery room, but I can't remember.
You will not be disappointed with Dr. Vath and his team of medical professionals and office staff. Dr. Vath followed up the day of my surgery personally calling my husband to see how I was. That makes an ordinary surgeon an extraordinary surgeon.
I want to thank you for the amazing breast implant job you did for me. After the surgery, I experienced minimal pain, almost no swelling and no bruises at all. I am loving my new breasts' size and shape.
I feel so feminine and confident of my body contour and that is making me very happy everyday. With this new look and confidence, I am prepared for whatever new adventures & experiences life is going to bring me.
Thank you again.
Dear Dr. Wolfe:
I wanted to find the time to write you so many times before today. I am not by nature a letter writer, but I really wanted to thank you. You changed my life; finding words to adequately express just how much is difficult. I'm sure I'll fail miserably, but it's important to me to try my best.
I was in my late 50's when I came to you. I had lost over 150 pounds … and I have kept it off for over 10 years. I was so ashamed of my body. I had loose hanging flesh on my upper arms and stomach that no amount of exercising could ever tighten up. After three children, and a lifetime of losing and gaining weight, my breast and stomach were beyond flabby. I looked very nice with my clothes on; as long as my arms and stomach were covered, and I didn't show any cleavage.
I mentioned I was in my late 50's when I first saw Dr. Wolfe. I was a happy, divorced mother, a grandmother, attractive, well-dressed, intelligent woman who dated often. Still, I couldn't even imagine getting close enough to a man to have him see the mess going on under my clothes. When I met Dr. Wolfe, I don't know how I had the courage to communicate this to him, but I swallowed my pride and poured my heart out to him. He listened. He didn't judge. He gave me hope. He helped!
His office accepted Care Credit (which really helped) and I made an appointment to have an arm lift, breast lift, implants, and tummy tuck that day. His office was so helpful. They were always there to answer any (and I thought of a lot) of questions I had, before and after surgery. He met with me that moming before the procedure and made me feel confident I was in good hands. His surgery office is beautiful, and from what I could tell state of the art.
The surgery went well, and the recovery time went just as Dr. Wolfe explained. The result was even better than I'd hoped for! My arms are fantastic. Wearing sleeveless and loving it! The scars have gotten so light over the three years since the procedure you'd have to know where to look to find them. I have such a flat stomach, and my breast (and cleavage) are amazing. Dr. Wolfe really changed my life!
I have since been back to his office for a mini face-lift; again was thrilled with his work. So thrilled in fact, I even referred my son to him for some work. I have given out his phone number several times with complete confidence.
I am still a happy, divorced mother and grandmother, and still dating. The big difference is, I don't have to be afraid to let that special person get close. Life is short; we all want to feel confident, and contemplate endless possibilities …even at 61 years old. I thank God for Dr. Wolfe; he has my utmost gratitude and appreciation. He has changed my life, my son's life, and countless other lives for the better. How many people can say that? How many people can honestly say that?
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to you... this surgery was one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. As a result of the surgery, I expected a few practical outcomes, such as clothes fitting better and having more bathing suit options. But the results, surprisingly, far surpassed my expectations. What I didn't expect was that I would soon stand taller, smile wider and laugh louder. I didn't expect the peaceful feelings that occur when one's outside matches one's inside. I didn't expect to feel completely pleased and satisfied each time I catch my reflection in a store front window.
I respect and appreciate the level of skill and expertise it took for you to pull this off. The precision is amazing to me. I would not want to insult you by referring to what you do as art, given the many years of education and training it took to learn and master. Art, however, is what I see each time I look in the mirror.
I sincerely thank you for what you have given me. I have no interest in looking like I'm 20, but I must confess to loving every minute of looking like a damn good 37! The people who say that diamonds are a girl's best friend have obviously never met you!
When I first e-mailed you in January, I don't think I had imagined how much a procedure from you could improve my life. I had always been extremely embarrassed and ashamed of my inverted nipple, and I cannot thank you enough for fixing me! I am so satisfied with the results of the surgery. Unlike a lot of people, I did not want anything special or out of the ordinary. I only wanted to be normal, and you gave me that. I can have an actual relationship without holding anything back. Most of all, I can be happy with myself.
I was so nervous when I came in for my consultation that my hands were sweating. But I did not feel judged when I told you what I needed done, and I left the office that day feeling like I had taken a step forward. I had finally acknowledged that I had a problem and finally, FINALLY, I was going to get it fixed.
The nurse who helped in the actual surgery was kind, and though I was understandably nervous, she helped me to relax. After the surgery, I felt like I could finally relax for good, with my unusual problem gone.
So, thank you, Dr. Vath, for giving me the gift that will forever be with me. I finally feel completely normal.
Dear Dr. Wolfe,
I'm not sure when I stopped "looking" in the mirror, certainly it was many years ago, probably around the time I stopped letting people take my picture.
It is now 3 weeks post-op. I am so happy with my surgery. It's way more than I expected.
Look at me... just look at the beautiful job Dr. Wolfe did. Amazing! Thank you so much.
I really do "look" in the mirror now and as you can see, I even had pictures taken.
Thanks to your wonderful staff, too.
I would like to thank you for the marvelous results of the surgery you performed on me. When I mentioned having only liposuction, and that I did not care hot it turned out, I just wanted to look better in my clothes, the expression on your face was one of sincere concern, and it haunted me when I left your office.
I am so glad I decided to do the tuck... and even if no one sees it but me, I can feel good about myself when I look in the mirror. I think I have the most beautiful tummy in the world now! I cannot say "thank you" enough.
On the other hand, the recuperation was a "dog"!!! But overall, it was worth all the pain and every penny!!!
You are an extremely talented and humble young man. I wish you all the best!!!
I am amazed that my body can be so changed so quickly. I only wish I had done this sooner, but it took a while to find the right doctor, which I am so happy I did with Dr. Steinwald. I finally feel that I am in the body I belong in.
I just wanted to let Dr. Vath know how much I appreciate what he has done for me. I have my youthful face back and a flat tummy, of which I never really had even as a teenager. I always had something of a fat pouch. I refer Dr. Vath to everyone. I tell them he has a great sense of humor as I pick on him every time I visit him. He really is a very delightful young man. Thank you so much for everything and for putting up with me.
Dearest Dr. Wolfe,
I wanted to sit down and share a few thoughts with you. First, let me start by saying "WOW!!!" Ok, now we can proceed. When I went up to meet you for the first time, you were so full of energy, I remember you were eating in between patients, and yet you still dropped your lunch for me. Not to mention losing me in the hall... haha. When we first really talked in your office I knew you were the one that I trusted from that moment. It was not your recovery photos or your talent... they speak for themselves. It was your heart, it shines through when you speak to a patient! You are so passionate about your patients that the love of helping them achieve their goals is what truly matters to you. You are not a surgeon who just is there for the money like most are... your there for the "TRUE PASSION" to help others. That is what sets you apart from others.
There is a saying I'm sure you know. "Any one can father a child, but it takes a real man to be a DADDY." Well, the same goes in the world of surgeons. "Any one can us a scalpel and operate on a patient, but it takes a man with a heart of gold and a true passion for life that sets one doctor above the rest!" I hope you will continue to practice for many years to come and if an when you retire, well let's just say that the man that replaces you will have some "PRETTY BIG SHOES TO FILL."
On a more personal note, I would like to say thank you for all the extras you did for me. It is hard when a woman has a "so-called perfect body" in her early twenties and then becomes a mother! Boy what a number it does on your self esteem. It is rare to find a doctor who really listens to his patients, and visions what they want or even who they were 20 years ago. To take what I told you and to work your magic, well I'm in awe!!! You heard every word I spoke, took the time to look at photos with me and changed my life! You brought my confidence to an all time high again. I'm so glad you can really hear what a woman wants.
This letter is just a way for me to say thank you for giving me back to me! Thanks!!!
I don't have the words to express my appreciation. Dr. Vath, you are an amazing human being. My sincerest wishes for all the best that life may bring you.
Dr. Steinwald - I can't begin to thank you enough for your honesty regarding my procedures, your professionalism and of course your skilled hands. It was extremely important for me to feel confident with you and your abilities and expertise.... I am absolutely thrilled!
Dear Dr. Vath,
Hi, I just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU! For all that you've done for me! I know that my Tummy Tuck surgery was part of your "job," but I couldn't be happier with the results! Your care and concern, has been very professional and sincere and I so appreciate you and your office staff.
I never thought that I'd feel good about my body again. After seven children and lost of yo-yo dieting, the lap band surgery etc…you have helped make my life a lot more enjoyable and so again I'd like to say Thanks! And you were right; I am wearing things that I never in a million years thought I'd ever wear. I'm actually looking forward to the summer, when I can wear a bathing suit and not be embarrassed by extra skin on my stomach!
If you'd like to use ma as a patient referral please don't hesitate to contact me. I'd be more than happy to share my experience with anyone!
Thanks again and much success to you in the future!