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RealSelf Patient Reviews of John A. Kotis, DO, FACS, FACOS

From day one Dr. Kotis was very helpful and understanding to my wants and needs of my procedure. He made everything very easy to understand when it came to my pre-op and post-op activities. Christina was also very helpful through the whole process, always just a text or phone call away if I needed anything. This was my first surgery, and they made sure I was very comfortable and at ease.

I was extremely happy with my experience with Dr. Kotis and his staff. Dr. Kotis is extremely professional, knowledgeable and caring. At my initial consultation I felt very comfortable and Dr. Kotis spent the time with me to go through each and every question I had. We talked about all the different options I had and he gave me his professional opinion and that is what I ended up going with. I could not be more happy with his recommendation and the results are perfect. It is just wanted I wanted and more! I felt very welcome and cared for from day 1. Dr. Kotis takes pride in his work, his facility is very clean and comfortable. He was accessible to me day and night with any questions or concerns I had pre/post OP. The day of surgery I went in at 8 a.m. and was out by 12 p.m. and he took the time to give me a call each day for the first 3 days to see how I was doing. I am 100% Satisfied with my experience and I highly recommend Dr. Kotis!

From start to finish, I had an excellent experience with Dr. Kotis and his team. They were extremely helpful in scheduling a last-minute surgery around my tricky schedule. Dr. Kotis is friendly and knowledgeable, he makes you feel like he really, genuinely cares about his patients. His staff are equally friendly and happy. I would 100% recommend Dr. Kotis to anyone with a plastic surgery need.

Love Dr. Kotis and his staff. Everyone is really professional and super nice. I’m still not completely healed from my surgery but from what I can tell he did an amazing job!

Tummy Tuck

I will forever be grateful to Dr. Kotis and his wonderful staff. I am 39 years old and have had three babies via cesarean section. After losing almost all of my baby weight, I appeared to still look as if I were 5 months pregnant. I learned that I had a severe diastasis recti (muscle separate) and umbilical hernia. I was referred to Dr. Kotis by a coworker who had recently been a patient of his. I could see that she had wonderful results, and most importantly, was very happy. After meeting with Dr. Kotis for my first consultation, I felt a huge relief. Dr. Kotis spent time answering all my questions and examining me. It was clear that Dr. Kotis had my health and well-being as a main priority. It was at this consultation that I scheduled my full tummy tuck. Dr. Kotis and his staff treated me like family at each visit. It has just been a short time out of having my surgery, and I have been so happy with the results and recovery. Dr. Kotis did an amazing job. I have not felt this good about myself, both physically and emotionally, for the past few years. If you have any questions about this procedure, I’d highly suggest seeing Dr. Kotis. I would recommend him to anyone.

Hand Reconstruction

I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for your excellent work and conscientious care in the repair and recovery of my damaged flexor tendon.

As you are aware, on January 4, 2006 you performed surgery to repair extensive damage to my right ring finger which I experienced during a football game. Unfortunately, I was unaware of the extent of the damage and continued to play for several weeks, as well as lift weights.

However, through your skill and interest I was able to quickly recover, and experience no discomfort. Admittedly, I was surprised at how soon I was able to return to my weight training program, and am excited to inform you that I am already at the levels I was prior to my injury. Also, I was able to begin softball play only three months after surgery, and have noticed no limitations in my skills.

Additionally, I have been amazed as the absence of any scars or notice that I even had surgery. Given the amount of work which was required, it is truly an example of your abilities and effort that at less than four months later, I have no noticeable markings from this experience.

Furthermore, I would also like to inform you of the excellent care that I received from Meredith Payne-Trost and Jorge Catalan of Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers. Given that my selection of Accelerated was based upon your referral, I think it is important to inform you of the assistance I received from both.

Please know that I would strongly recommend your services to anyone who encounters an injury such as mine. Again, thank you for your tireless work in assisting me to return to my highly active lifestyle.
J.T. Chicago, Il

Arm Reconstruction

It is with exceptional pleasure that I write this letter of Thanks and Appreciation to a medical doctor and surgeon who had such a tremendous and positive impact on my life in such a brief period of time.

When rolled into Grant Hospital Emergency Room on August 31, 2000, I had no idea who would be the “specialist” that agreed to take on my case. Given the many restrictions of the HMO system, I was indeed afraid of the possibilities as well as in a state of shock and trauma from the severe injury that was sustained when I passed out falling down a stairwell onto glass. This freak accident left me with severe cuts on my left arm severing arteries, tendons, muscles and nerves to my left hand.

Within 30 minutes of the ER arrival you provided me with a most pleasant smile and introduction. You very carefully addressed my injury with me and my family and, how you would address my injury in this emergency. Despite the lack of information given by a previous hospital regarding the severity of my injury, you maintained the most professional and confident “bedside manner” that I have experience with any medical doctor. It is difficult to explain just how important those things were to me as you entered into the risks that could also be involved. Your most wonderful demeanor left me a willing and supportive patient who was confidence in the surgeon who in less that ½ hour was performing a major life threatening surgery. It is this same aura that guides my willingness to be a participant i2n the lengthy healing process that will follow.

So often we are given “Blessings” that go unrecognized and deny God the Thanks and Praise for providing them. I will Thank God every day for the rest of my life for using you as a vehicle to provide me with yet another Blessing. Through you, I have truly been “Touched by an Angel.” May God and the Positive Spirit that guides your own beliefs, provide to you, your family and your professional practice the very best that life can offer. It is clear that you not only worked very hard with your education, but that you are dedicated and enjoy your work.

You are indeed an exceptional doctor and an extraordinary people person! Please don’t ever lose that quality because that alone will contribute to the healing of the many fortunate patients who will choose you as a physician in the future! If I could bottle your knowledge, your smile and your ability to communicate with understanding and confidence, I would use it to help heal the world from negative energy! God Bless You, I will consider my friend for life (smile).
E.W. Chicago, Il

Abdominoplasty, Liposuction, and Breast Lift

After researching for several months and meeting with two other very qualified plastic surgeons, I met with Dr. Kotis. It was a very pleasant and informal meeting that lasted about two hours. board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kotis impressed me with his forthright honesty and overall demeanor. I chose to schedule surgery at that first visit. Having confirmed the Doctors credentials and veracity of the information that he provided I kept the scheduled surgery date.

On March 18, 2004 I underwent both a tummy tuck and liposuction at Lincoln Park Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The visit with board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kotis on the morning of the surgery left me feeling positive and comfortable. The results of the surgery were stunning. For the first time in my life my stomach was flat. The postoperative care and bedside manners of board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kotis were outstanding.

Having experienced the superb skills, professionalism, and friendly personality of board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kotis first hand I decided to undergo additional surgery by him. On February 16, 2005 board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kotis performed both a breast lift and liposuction on me. This surgery was performed at his facility in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The highly qualified team that board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kotis assembled to assist him during surgery provided me with excellent care. The results were beyond my expectations. Just days after surgery my breasts were more beautiful than they were ever before.

I would trust board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kotis to perform any additional plastic surgery that I may decide to have done in the future. I like the results of his work as well as the way that he keeps me informed and comfortable.
U.M. Chicago, Il

Abdominoplasty and Breast Lift

I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of Dr. Kotis. I had lost over 50 pounds and experienced excessive skin in the abdominal and breast areas. I was very happy about my weight loss but so disappointed in the saggy just skin breasts that I now acquired. I not only lost fat but breast mass too. I went to my regular doctor who told me that that’s just the way you are and there was nothing but cosmetic surgery to correct the problem I was experiencing. I interviewed four different physicians who were board certified which included Dr. Kotis.

Dr. Kotis was the most congenial and honest person out of all of them. He explained my problem and offered his recommendations to me. He gave me time to think about the procedures without being pressured. I decided on abdominoplasty, mini tummy tuck to correct the extra skin on my abdominal area, and breast augmentation, to replace the breast mass that I had lost through weight loss. I was well taken care of by Dr. Kotis and his outstanding staff. I am so pleased and excited with the way I turned out! I can now wear a two-piece bathing suit!! It’s been over 15 years since I wore one! I get compliments from not only family and friends, but also from people I do not even know. This has been the best life changing experience for me. Dr. Kotis is the BEST! Thank you for being an excellent surgeon and performing quality work!

E.C. Chicago, Il

Nose Reconstruction

I am very pleased with the work board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kotis did on my nose. My friends and family have all commented on how well my nose looks, as they remembered how I looked after my accident. It seems that he hid the 23 stitches, as they are not discernible. My nose is as straight as it ever was, and my breathing has not been affected in the least. Kudos to you Dr. Kotis, and many thanks for a fine job.
M.W. Chicago, Il

Lip Augmentation

Dr. Kotis was a blessing when I was looking to enhance my life in a positive and permanent way. The lip enhancement surgery performed has definitely helped me to appreciate the many beautiful qualities that I possess. I have ample, luscious, perfect lips and I thank Dr. Kotis for his phenomenal talents.
Anonymous, Chicago, Il

Lip Reconstruction

I would like to thank you for allowing your husband to be at the hospital last Saturday instead of being at home with you. It could have been anyone who came to help us that day but thankfully it was your husband.

Not only did he save my 5 year old daughter’s beautiful face by reconstructing her lip, he made us all feel relaxed during one of the worst moments of our life. He was so wonderful with my daughter.

He reassured us all that everything would be alright and he carried our family through our worst hour. I thank God your husband was there for us – he is a brilliant surgeon and a very nice man.

Thank you again for letting him be at our side when we really needed him.
Anonymous, Chicago, Il

Wrinkle Removal

My genes caused me to have deep frown/smile lines in my face at a young age. My entire family has them and they do make you look older. Being the only daughter in my family made me very self conscious about it, so I went to see Dr. Kotis. It was a pretty inexpensive procedure and it was not Botox. I got instant results. After 24 hours there was no swelling and my face looked beautiful. I look and feel years younger. People guess my age now and easily guess 5 to 7 years younger than I am. That was not the case before. My self esteem is so much better and I look so much better. Dr. Kotis was very precise with the injections. He made them perfect and never rushed me. I will absolutely return to his office for my future needs. I also purchased a wonderful skin care line from the doctor’s office. His staff took their time explaining to me the different lines and how they work. I did purchase the SkinMedica and some of the Obagi products. I also absolutely love them. My skin looks and feels improved and radiant without additional procedures.
Anonymous, Chicago, Il

I just wanted to take the time to thank you. At age 39 I started to notice the aging around my eyes and decided it was time to consider lower blepharoplasty. Before making my decision, I went to several doctors for consultations and I’m so glad that I chose Dr. Kotis. I’m thrilled with my results and would highly recommend Dr. Kotis to my friends and family. Dr. Kotis was always so patient and answered all of my questions. He even let me come back for a second consultation free of charge because I had more questions. His staff was always friendly and caring and they helped me to feel comfortable and made my recovery much easier. I will definitely choose Dr. Kotis again for any further procedures I might consider having.
Anonymous, Chicago, Il


I want to thank Dr. Kotis and his wonderful staff for the outstanding care before, during and after my abdominoplasty. After having four children, I forgot to take care of myself. I stopped exercising and watching what I ate. After going back to working out for two years, I was not getting the results I wanted. I knew I needed a kick start to get back to what I used to look like. I interviewed one Doctor that a friend recommended. I left his office terrified! I knew I could not put myself in his hands. I went into a consultation with Dr. Kotis and knew immediately, I had found the right Doctor. He will go through everything and any concerns or issues you might have. I knew I was in totally competent hand with Dr. Kotis. After the procedure, I could call Dr. Kotis with any questions or concerns. He was right there for me. The results were better than I imagined! I finally feel good about the way I look. I will now keep up the better way of life. I do not want to lose what I have gained from Dr. Kotis. I recommend Dr. Kotis highly! I do not have enough good to say about him!

Amy Chicago, Il


I wanted to take this time to thank you and your staff on the excellent care I was given during my abdominoplasty. I never felt more at home then I did when I stepped into your office.

You and your entire staff treated me like family, and for that I can’t thank you enough. I researched this procedure online and off for over a year until I found several surgeons that I felt comfortable talking too. I checked their credentials and certifications, I looked at pictures of their work, and then I made appointments to see them. I saw several doctors before you, and I had appointments with a couple more after you.

When I talked to your receptionist she showed me nothing but kindness and warmth, she was very friendly (almost motherly). I also talked with other members of your staff, and received the same kindness and professionalism. They made me feel like I was your only client, but of course that was not true. There were several others in your office, and we all received the same treatment. When I spoke with you I went home and cancelled the other appointments, there was no doubt in my mind. I had found my surgeon, the best surgeon in my opinion.

The thought of surgery made me very nervous; you and your staff put me at ease almost immediately. The way you and your staff treated me before, during and after the surgery let me know that I had made the best possible decision for myself. The procedure turned out far better than I expected. I am forever grateful, and looking forward to another procedure with you as my surgeon.

I wish nothing but more success, and many many blessings for you and your staff.

K.M. Chicago, Il

Just a note of thanks for all the special care you gave to me before, during and after my tummy tuck surgery. You truly excel in patient care and should be very proud of that attribute. You posses all the positive characteristics of a good doctor and most doctors today don’t come near these traits. Your listening skills, medical explanations, kindness, compassion and gentleness all create the incredible Dr. Kotis. At this time, I ask God to grant you an abundance of prosperity, happiness, peace and love. You are so special, and I am very pleased to have you as my doctor.

P.S. Chicago, Il


I had lipo done on my thighs this past May and I am thrilled with my results. The doctor and this entire staff were very attentive and genuinely caring towards my concerns and needs. Even the Anesthesiologist on staff surprised me. How many Anesthesiologists call you before and after your procedure to see how you are doing. You usually don’t even know they are there, but Ken even helped me out to my car. The doctor’s entire staff was kind and thoughtful towards me. Dr. Kotis has a wonderful bedside manner. I felt very comfortable with him as my surgeon. I also was never rushed once. When I had concerns Dr. Kotis took his time, until I was comfortable, each and every time I had a question, from start to finish. I am very grateful to Dr. Kotis and his entire staff; I love my new body and can’t wait to show it off this summer.
AK Chicago, Il

Thigh Lift

Dr. Kotis performed my medial thigh lift, I am a physician assistant and because of my medical background I had very high expectations. Dr. Kotis exceeded all of my expectations. He is not only a kind physician, but most importantly, a highly skilled surgeon. I would recommend him to my own patients!


Breast Augmentation

As a mother of 4 who breastfed all her children, with each experience changing the size and feel of my breast, I always knew I wanted to have breast augmentation surgery to rebuild my confidence. It was going to be my present to myself! Everything I do is always for the kids and everyone else, so it was time to treat myself. This still didn’t take away from the fact that I was very nervous and did feel a little selfish, even with all I do to move forward. I was up late one night and couldn’t sleep because I kept thinking about it and how unhappy I was with the way my body looked, specifically my breast. I decided to go online and look up Dr. Kotis. We met about 2 years ago and I shared with him back then that I would be calling him when I was ready. When I arrived at my appointment and had my consultation, I left fully confident that I had come to the right place. The staff made me feel comfortable, they answered all my questions and really made me feel at home.

The BIG day arrived and I was very nervous on the car ride there. When I arrived and changed, the team had great conversation with me to help ease my tension. Once it was over and I came out of the anesthesia, they catered to my every need before releasing me. I didn’t feel rushed and when I was ready, we headed home. Dr. Kotis assured me that I was going to do fine, but if I needed anything to call him. The next day was New Year’s Day and first thing in the morning I received a call by Dr. Kotis asking me how I was doing and if I needed anything! He put me first and that was an amazing feeling knowing that I had such a great Doctor!

I am beyond elated with the results and the staff at Dr. Kotis’ Office. I highly recommend him as your Plastic Surgeon as me and my friends will be returning for more work!



I had been thinking about having breast implants for over 2 years, I did natural herbs to try to increase their size, as they had gone from a size C to a very small A, as a result of pregnancy and nursing 3 children, but had no results. I researched on the internet implants and the dangers. I also debated about why I needed implants, I had a nice body but was not happy with my breasts, but shouldn’t we just accept that as part of life, or was it vanity that I wanted to have my breasts back?

Well, after a lot of thought, I decided to seek out a consultation and began looking at doctors. I consulted with Dr. Kotis and was convinced if I decided to have the surgery done, he was the man I wanted to perform the surgery. I decided to have the surgery in December of 2008 and had a lot of anxiety about being put under. I talked many times with his assistant Laura, who was wonderful and very helpful. The day of my preoperative exam, I was so nervous and Dr. Kotis came and sat with me in the waiting room assuring me it was “a walk in the park.”

Even the day of the surgery, his entire staff was very reassuring and made me feel comfortable. The surgery went great and the first 24 hours were really rough, but thank goodness that is at the beginning. I healed quickly and have to say I love my breasts. The are absolutely beautiful!! My body is completely changed as a result of them. I love being able to wear clothes that show off my curves instead of having to wear padded bras looking like I had curves. If I have any advice to someone who is contemplating having them done, do it!!! I say this without reservation and this is coming from someone who believes in natural foods, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle, but regaining something you have lost is also important. Be sure you are having them done for yourself. I tell anyone who is considering having implants to have them done under the care of Dr. Kotis.

Anonymous, Chicago, Il


I am writing in behalf of my experience with Dr. John A. Kotis.

I am 37 years of age. About 3 years ago, I had breast augmentation, with another surgeon. From the start of that experience, till recently, my breasts went from bad to worse.

With the grace of God, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kotis entered my life.

I did something totally out of my character, and went to a doctor, just by chance. I always go to somebody, who knows somebody, etc…. I read his advertisement in a paper, and my gut said, Him.

From the front desk reception to the initial consultation with the Doctor, I knew I would be in good hands. He was precise, and exact, in his explanation of the procedures needed to be executed on me. He was genuinely concerned for me and my health.

On the day of my surgery, his head nurse and the Anesthesiologist nurse were all over the top too. Dr. Kotis, really worked hard for me, took his time, and left me in immaculate shape. I Trust him. Words cannot do him justice.

I would recommend any, and every person, who needs a great surgeon, to Dr. John A. Kotis.

RS Chicago, Il


I just wanted to tell you thank you. I am so happy with my new breasts. Being a member of the medical field myself, I think it is important to be recognized when we do a good job and make a difference. Well, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kotis you have done so much for me, I am so happy with my results, and I feel so much better about my body. I am the perfect size, my breasts look very natural, and my scars are barely visible. Thanks for everything!

J.J. Chicago, Il


I had been thinking about a breast augmentation for many years. Mom of 3, never really had much to begin with…but when I was pregnant, they were MAGNIFICENT! So, I wanted to get back to that level…without having any more kids. 😀

Found Dr. Kotis via a referral from a friend…best decision I ever made. I am so happy with the results and services from this office. Very friendly/knowledgeable…always answered my questions without making me feel insecure.

In addition, I have had two medical professionals (both working in the cosmetic surgery industry for large scale institutions) on separate occasions provide unsolicited comments on the work of Dr. Kotis. They both said that he did an AWESOME job – his work fit my body perfectly. So – kudos to Dr. Kotis!

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