Patient Testimonials

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We know that many plastic surgery websites are filled with credentials, clichés, catch-phrases, and general self-promotion, but at Lake Forest Plastic Surgery we want to help you cut through the clutter. As you'll discover when you read the excerpts of the letters and comments we have received below, Dr. Paul Steinwald's skills, experience and friendly personality have made him a highly regarded plastic surgeon in Chicago.

Although "Top Doctor" listings and media appearances are nice, what's really important is how our patients feel about what we do for them, and such responses are a testament to how strongly our patients appreciate their results and experiences. The following are excerpts from voluntary office questionnaires and/or recent thank-you notes to Dr. Paul Steinwald, one of the most trusted Chicago area plastic surgeons.

If you are impressed by these testimonials and would like to meet with Dr. Steinwald yourself, please request a consultation online or call us today.

"I'm extremely happy with my results, better than I expected. Dr. Steinwald has a wonderful bedside manner, and after meeting him at the consultation, I knew I was in good hands."

- Nicole, breast reduction

"I looked at before and after photos of surgeons all over the country and the ones Dr. Steinwald posted were equal or better. This confirmed my decision to stay at Lake Forest for my surgery. I am extremely pleased with the results."

- Julie, abdominoplasty

"Completely satisfied!! Changed my life for the better!! Everyone made me feel completely comfortable and I am more than happy every day that I chose Dr. Steinwald for this experience."

- Stephanie, breast reduction

"Thank you for everything you have done for me over the past few months. I was concerned about finding the right doctor, but knew immediately after my consultation that you were the right person, and I always felt safe in your hands. I am very happy with my results, and think you are a brilliant surgeon with the perfect bedside manner for me."

- Sandy, post-massive weight loss abdominoplasty/mastopexy

"The results and discomfort when compared to others who have had the same operations were far more superb."

- Liane, "Mommy Makeover"

"Thank you very much for everything. I'm very happy with my results. I wish there were more doctors out there like you . . . "

- Raquel, breast reduction

"As a cancer survivor, I considering having implants for several years and was very hesitant to have the procedure. Dr Steinwald's clear explanations and empathetic manner eased all of my fears. He treated me in the office and at the hospital in a very friendly and compassionate manner, and clearly explained every detail of the procedure. His bedside manner is wonderful! My results are unbelievable, and I have never felt better about myself!"

- Sue, breast reconstruction

"I want to share my positive experience with the (website) readers who need to find the courage to do something about fixing what may be causing you unhappiness. What brought me to Lake Forest Plastic Surgery? Reputation of the hospital was my first consideration. I had had previous surgery at Lake Forest Hospital and had been very pleased with the staff and facility... My initial and subsequent conversations with the Lake Forest Plastic Surgery staff were what persuaded me to schedule a consultation with the doctor. These ladies were very good listeners and made me feel at ease regarding my inquiries, never making me feel foolish (I felt that way myself.)


At last I met Dr. Paul and knew I was in the best place for my intended surgery... The results, six months later, UNBELIEVABLE! I can't stop looking in the mirror, noticing how nicely my clothes fit and how much better I feel about my physical appearance and my mental attitude.

So if I could give some advice, and you need a change, talk to this staff and hear what the doctor has to say - the decision is yours to make and I for one am glad I made the right one... Thank you so much, you are a great practice!"

- Linda, tummy tuck

"I can't thank you enough for helping me to achieve a longstanding appearance goal. I consulted several plastic surgeons in the Chicago area, ultimately feeling most comfortable with you. I don't regret my decision and in fact, am more satisfied with my results than I initially anticipated."

- Casey, rhinoplasty

"I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your awesome work. It's been a little over a year since my surgery, and life has been great. Shopping is more fun and picking out swimsuits is now more enjoyable. I just can't thank you enough for making me feel so confident."

- Nadia, breast reduction

"The doctor and his staff are fabulous, never made me feel bad about my questions, were always helpful and very very nice. I am thrilled with my results and care."

- Laura, abdominoplasty

"I was most pleased with how comfortable I was with Dr. Steinwald being my surgeon - I think that is very important in every patient/doctor relationship."

- Kristin, breast reduction, liposuction

"Everyone I encountered throughout the entire surgery experience was amazingly compassionate and friendly; VERY pleased!"

- Kris Ann, breast enhancement, blepharoplasty and BOTOX® Cosmetic

"My only regret is I didn't do this years ago. Dr. Steinwald is truly a gifted surgeon; pain was minimal - results amazing!"

- Eva, breast reduction

"I cannot say enough good about Dr. Steinwald, staff and most excitingly the outcome of the surgery."

- Tricia, "Mommy Makeover" (abdominoplasty, breast augmentation/lift, liposuction)

"Incredible office staff! Polite... respectful... compassionate... helpful... Paul is great!"

- Lea, breast lift, dermal filler

"I couldn't have had a better doctor and would recommend him to anyone."

- Stephanie, breast reduction

"Dr. Steinwald's top notch! I am very pleased with the results and would highly recommend him above any other."

- Heather, breast augmentation

"I have recommended this practice to all my friends, co-workers, etc. I was extremely pleased with all phases of my care."

- Diane, mastopexy, blepharoplasty, BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal filler treatment

"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!"

- Lisa, brachioplasty / liposuction

"We are extremely happy with the results as well as Dr. Steinwald's prompt service on a holiday weekend."

- David, repair of lip laceration

"For a first time procedure, I was very impressed with the procedure and would return again for another type to be done. I've referred someone else to Dr. Steinwald because of my great experience."

- Linda, abdominoplasty

"All staff very professional and friendly/concerned about well-being/excellent communication with the patient."

- Brenda, "Mommy Makeover" (tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift)

"The surgical recovery went well because Dr. Steinwald informed me ahead of time what to expect post-op. This surgery has been life-changing for me. For the first time in my life, I can walk with my shoulders high."

- Mari, breast reduction

"My experience was fantastic from start to finish. The results are wonderful!"

- Deb, breast augmentation revision

"After my initial visit I felt very comfortable and welcomed. The surgery has provided me with a boost of self-confidence. All my clothes fit much better and I feel that I don't need to be afraid of my previous belly hanging out. I sometimes feel like I am being dishonest with people think I naturally look great but instead I had great work done!!"

- abdominoplasty patient

"Dr. Steinwald made me feel very comfortable and I am extremely relieved at the outcome of my injury! He is very professional and caring."

- Katie, dog bite repair

"I couldn't be happier with the results. Clothes fit so much better. I don't dread having to shop for clothes anymore."

- Gaela, tummy tuck

"I am amazed that my body can be so changed so quickly. I only wish I had done this sooner, but it took awhile 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."

- "Mommy Makeover" (tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift) patient

"Every moment and through every step, I felt heard, welcome and safe. I've been made to feel like 'part of the family'... "

- Ethan, chest reconstruction

"Well pleased, everyone was so helpful and thoughtful. Very professional."

- Wesley, melanoma removal/skin graft

"If you have to have it done, this is the place."

- skin lesion removal patient

"Staff very helpful; pleasant both on the phone and in person! Provided excellent tips on 'aftercare'."

- Peggie, removal of facial moles

"The hospital staff was fabulous. Dr. Steinwald and the office staff were at all times professional, supportive, compassionate, welcoming and friendly."

- Sheila, breast reduction

"Dr. Steinwald is very comfortable to talk with and very forth-coming with answers to any questions asked. He appears to be honest and straight-forward to any or all information you need to be aware of. I would request his services again without hesitation."

- breast reduction/tummy tuck patient

"Office very helpful, clear. Dr. Steinwald makes you feel at ease, listens and answers your questions/concerns."

- David, removal of basal cell cancer

"The staff at hospital and in the Dr.'s office was exceptional! My surgery and recovery was handled with a great team, especially Dr. Steinwald. I would recommend him to anyone who would be interested in reconstructive surgery."

- Heather, breast reduction

"Considering the coordination between surgeons and the procedure: I am very pleased that the communication, procedures and recovery exceeded my expectations. I was prepared very well to care for myself when released from the hospital and am back to work and normal everyday functions. I'm looking forward to enjoying the summer!"

- Cynthia, extended tummy tuck

"Results were excellent. Couldn't be happier! Nursing staff at hospital was wonderful."

- Andrea, breast reduction

"Since I was a difficult surgery, I appreciated that Dr. Steinwald made the decision to go ahead and help me overnight because the plan was for me to go home. Only a caring doctor makes decisions that are best for the patient!"

- Tummy tuck patient

"I was surprised at how little post-op pain there was the first week."

- Breast reduction patient

"Everyone in the office is very helpful - willing to give that extra effort. I've recommended your office to other patients"

- Joan, breast reconstruction

"Very happy with the results. After four children my stomach muscles had really separated and I had a small hernia. I felt really insecure about my appearance. Now I feel very confident, I feel like I have my "pre-baby" body back. Thank you so much!"

- Tummy tuck patient

"Staff very professional as expected, nurses comforting, Dr. Steinwald makes you feel important and shows he cares about helping you. Exceptional treatment."

- Katie, skin lesion removal

"I love the staff, they always made me feel welcome in the office and answered all my questions. Dr. Steinwald made me feel extremely comfortable."

- Stacey, liposuction, scar revision

"Dr. Steinwald clearly explained the procedures and answered all my questions in terms that I could clearly understand. His patience and bedside manner are outstanding! Dr. Steinwald made me feel at ease and helped relieve my anxieties about the process."

- Sue, breast reconstruction

"What took me so long? Will be back for more!"

- Anne, tummy tuck

"I returned to Dr. Steinwald to have this critical (carpal tunnel) surgery on my right after having excellent relief on my left several years before. My expectations were very high and those were exceeded. I could not be more happy with or grateful for the results of this surgery."

- Jerry, carpal tunnel release

"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!"

- Lynn, breast lift and tummy tuck

"Great service, great staff... A+. Was made to feel welcome from start to finish. I recommend Dr. Steinwald to anyone who's asking about surgeons in this area."

- Breast reduction patient

"Best thing I ever did. Dr. Steinwald is great!"

- Shelli, breast reduction

"Truly a gifted surgeon... exquisite work."

- Lisa, breast reconstruction

"Dr. Steinwald and staff are exceptional."

- Eyelid lift patient

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