Karol Gutowski, MD, FACS

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Chicago Area Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Meet Dr. Gutowski

Dr. Gutowski

Dr. Karol Gutowski is a Chicago area board-certified plastic surgeon nationally recognized for his advanced aesthetic treatments for the face, breast, body, and skin. His downtown Chicago and Oakbrook cosmetic surgery practice focuses on aesthetic plastic surgery as well as nonsurgical skin and facial rejuvenation treatments. Based on his expertise and innovation, Dr. Gutowski is an award-winning surgeon and has published is work in leading medical journals. He has also appeared in popular media, including The New York Times, CBS News, USA Today, and Fox News. He services patients throughout the greater Chicagoland area.

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Dr. Gutowski

Top Doctor Recognition

Dr. Gutowski has been recognized as a "Top Doctor" for his outstanding work in plastic surgery and his exceptional teaching of future plastic surgeons. Many of the awards he has won have been given to him based on the opinions and feedback from other surgeons. He has been honored with the prestigious Top Doctor Award by U.S. News and World Report, as well as listed as a Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors. Finally, the Consumer's Research Council of America listed Dr. Gutowski as one of America's Top Plastic Surgeons. As a regular responder on RealSelf, Dr. Gutowski is considered one of the top 100 Social Influencers in Cosmetic Surgery, helping countless patients make the decision to have a cosmetic procedure.

Skills and Specialties

An experienced board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, Chicago’s Dr. Karol Gutowski is well trained to perform a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Gutowski is committed to providing safe, appropriate care to his patients. He offers breast augmentation surgery, breast lift and breast reduction surgery, as well as fat transfers for the breast, face and body. Dr. Gutowski also performs the latest procedures in body contouring including surgical and nonsurgical treatments as well as wide-awake liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction, and water liposuction. He works with his patients to achieve a new body shape using skin tightening procedures such as arm lifts, thigh lifts, and tummy tucks, and his nonsurgical offerings are endless. For patients who are not quite ready for surgery, but who desire a noninvasive way to turn back the hands of time, Dr. Gutowski provides numerous injectable and laser treatments, as well as skin rejuvenation procedures such as dermabrasion and chemical peels.

As a surgical innovator and thought leader, Dr. Gutowski is one of a limited number of plastic surgeons who is experienced in these advanced procedures:

  • No-Drain Tummy Tuck & Body Lift
  • Natural Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
  • Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation
  • R3 Facial Rejuvenation (Relax the wrinkles, Revolumize the face, Resurface the skin)


Education and Training

Dr. Gutowski is fellowship trained and board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He completed his college education at the University of Michigan where he did research in biochemistry and surgery. Next, he received his Medical Degree at Michigan State University and trained in General Surgery at the University of Minnesota where he dedicated two years to plastic surgery research. Later, his Plastic Surgery training was fulfilled at the University of Texas Southwestern, one of the most prestigious plastic surgery programs in the nation. His fellowship was then completed at the renowned Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University. 

Leadership and Appointments

In addition to being a respected practicing surgeon, Dr. Gutowski is a frequent lecturer and teacher of other plastic surgeons and is a regular instructor at national plastic surgery educational meetings. As author of over 100 publications and book chapters on plastic surgery, Dr. Gutowski is a well-respected authority in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery for adults. Dr. Gutowski’s leadership and skills resulted in him serving as:

  • Chief of the Division of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University
  • Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Chief of the Section of Aesthetic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics
  • Chief of Plastic Surgery at the William Middleton VA Hospital
  • President, Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, The Ohio State University
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago
  • Residency Program Director, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Gutowski

Unparalleled Expertise

Dr. Karol Gutowski

An international lecturer, Dr. Gutowski’s topics include New Trends & Emerging Technology in Plastic Surgery, No Drain Tummy Tucks and Body Lifts, Fat Grafting in Plastic Surgery and the Use of Botox and Injectable Fillers. He also lectures on Safety in Plastic Surgery and received an award for his publication on this topic. 

To further expand and promote quality plastic surgery to his patients, Dr. Gutowski has proudly contributed to a variety of professional organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation. He’s also contributed to key committees such as the Patient Safety Committee, Quality and Performance Metrics Committee, Health Policy Committee, and the Breast Implant Task Force. By actively participating in these organizations, Dr. Gutowski stays current with the latest plastic surgery innovations and techniques. Dr. Gutowski is also one of a select group of plastic surgeons who was selected to be an Examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is responsible for examining and assuring the competency of practicing plastic surgeons.

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*Unless otherwise indicated, images are models. In cases where before and after pictures are shown, these are actual patients. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.