Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5.0 stars from 26 reviews
676 North Saint Clair Street, 15th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
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5 out of 5 stars

Looking Great - Northbrook, IL

I had breast implants done in Brazil and complications followed. One implant broke and the other became hard. Dr. Gutowski fixed both and made by breasts look better then ever.

5 out of 5 stars

I Got What I Was Hoping For - Northbrook, IL

Dr. Gutowski and his staff were very caring and made me feel safe and comfortable during the whole process. Everything was explained and all our questions were answered. The results after surgery, a Mommy Makeover, were just what I was hoping for.

5 out of 5 stars

He Fixes the Awful Work of Other Doctors - Northbrook, IL

This doctor fixed the botched up job another doctor did and made it look like the previous awful surgery never even happened. He is absolutely great!!!

4 out of 5 stars

Great Determination to Solve the Problem - Northbrook, IL

5 out of 5 stars

Dream Came True - Northbrook, IL

Dr. Gutowski is very professional and did excellent work on my breast reduction. Nurse, Erin, is an wonderful person to be around before and after such a stressful procedure as surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

!!! - Northbrook, IL

Dr. Gutowski was recommended to me by my fiance's friend. After consulting with 2 other doctors who were located nearer my home, we decided that Dr. Gutowski was our best choice. He's extremely professional. During our consult, he started discussion with the risks right away, which I thought was very informative. I felt so comfortable with him right away. We discussed what size I should get and although I hesitated with 397 cc, I was convinced later on that it would be a good fit for my frame. Day of surgery was so easy, even though I was anxious to get it over with. The follow ups with Dr. Gutowski have been successful. I'm so happy I made my decision to pick this doctor.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

The Ultimate Filler - Northbrook, IL

Dr. G. provided me the kindness and professionalism which is important to me. He did not overwhelm me with information, but always answered the questions I asked to my satisfaction. Rather than just agree to what I thought I wanted, he provided his opinion in a manner which encouraged me to give more thought to my ideas. He was very easily accessible both at the office and afterhours when needed. The package of total care was far beyond my imagination. There is a lot of follow up to ensure that everything is going right. Nice sense of humor too.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

A no drain Tummy Tuck for the Holidays - Northbrook, IL

Prior to meeting Dr. G I had two consultations with some very high profile North Shore surgeons. One of them was ok but way too expensive. The other was very highly recommended but something about him creeped me out and I didnt feel comfortable. I found Dr. G on Real Self and since the consult was free I thought I would give it a try. The instant he walked into the room I knew he was "the one". He is extremely approachable but very very confident (for those who know..he has SWAG) and I knew he would do a good job. His price was affordable and the timing in my own life was right. His staff is very nice and responsive. Its only a few days post op and I what I see now still looks like a big old mess, but I think it will smooth out and be awesome. I already know that I look 100% better in clothes and that was my goal. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Gutowski!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Highly Recommend★★★★★ Dr. Gutowski & His Staff Are Awesome! - Northbrook, IL

Dr. Gutowski has been very professional, kind and caring from my first meeting with him! It has been all about my health and making sure I was happy with the results. His expertise was apparent from the consultation, through surgery and now through my follow up appointments! Highly recommend!!

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Good Choice - Northbrook, IL

Dr. Gutowski is a great surgeon, and all an around great guy. He's thoughtful, helpful, and passionate about his work. I decided that it was time for me to fix my nose. I found Dr. G on realself and e-mailed him with details about my dorsal hump that I was interested in removing. I was extremely impressed that he called me at 8pm to speak about the details of what I wanted. After a few moments of discussion, I scheduled a consultation with him. When I came in for the consultation, I was greeted pleasantly by the staff, and taken in immediately by the doctor. We discussed my options and he used computer imaging to predict my results. We decided on an open rhinoplasty, in order to remove more dorsal hump, and to refine my tip a bit because it was bulbous. Two weeks before my surgery I managed to be ridiculously late for my re-op consultation and the office was so understanding. I came in an hour and a half late but everyone smiled and had no problem with my clumsy mistake. I was taken in by Marta for a peel and right after that I saw Dr. Gutowski. I can't get over how nice everyone is at that office. It's great haha. Anyway, Dr. Gutowski saw me and explained my risks, post op instructions, etc. They gave me written instructions, and even some tips for my family and I for the post op emotional recovery time. This office goes above & beyond to make sure their patients feel comfortable. When my surgery date came, I was nervous because I've never had surgery before. My nurse Erin took me in and got me ready for the surgery. I met with my anesthesiologist (who's name I forgot) and he answered all the questions I had. As soon as I laid on the operation table, the lights went out & I woke up after the whole thing was over. In the recovery room Erin was there when I woke up & let me see my family. Dr. Gutowski came in to see me after the surgery and explained my care instructions. I was given water & oatmeal, and relaxed for a few moments longer until it was time to go. Erin gave me her phone number to reach her at anytime in case i needed any questions or help. I don't think I ever felt in the dark about anything throughout my whole experience. I totally recommend Dr. G to anyone looking for a surgeon. He, as well as his staff treat their patients very well. He even replied to me on a Sunday afternoon to an e-mail that I sent to him during my recovery about my healing concerns. (Now that's dedication (: ) Erin also called me after the surgery asking if I was feeling okay, answering all of my questions. I totally recommend him.

About Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS practices in Chicago at Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery, as a Plastic Surgeon, board certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Gutowski began participating on RealSelf in 2011, and has achieved "Distinguished Member" status. The doctor has 15 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services, and is a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Gutowski has hospital affiliations at NorthShore University Health System.

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Education / Training

Undergraduate: BS in Biology, University of Michigan
Medical: MD, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
Residencies:
General Surgery, University of Minnesota
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern
Fellowship: New York University Medical Center

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