Dr. Michael Howard, MD

Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery •  Male

  

Dr. Michael Howard, MD is a cosmetic, plastic & reconstructive surgery specialist in Lake Forest, IL and has been practicing for 16 years. He specializes in cosmetic, plastic & reconstructive surgery.


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Dr. Howard did my reconstructive surgery after a bi-lateral mastectomy. He is not the only Plastic Surgeon I saw, I got a few opinions before making my choice. I can not say enough wonderful things about this man. He is not only an excellent surgeon but he truly cares about his patients. I never felt like just another patient or a number, I always felt he cared for me as a person and made sure my concerns were addressed. I trust and appreciate this man so much that even tho my husband and I have moved from the Chicago area to Phoenix Arizona I still travel back to Chicago for any check up visits with him. If my daughter ever found herself needing a Plastic Surgeon this is the ONLY one I would want her to use.
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Dr. Howard is a top-notch surgeon. I have recently lost a great deal of weight. Dr. Howard is my surgeon for all of my skin removal surgeries. He is genuinely one of the most kind, empathetic people I have ever met, which is extremely rare in a top-rated surgeon. Because I have an extensive amount of skin to be removed, I will need to have multiple procedures. Dr. Howard worked with me to develop a plan that would give me the best result and be the most cost effective. He took the time to listen to what I wanted to achieve with the surgeries, he explained all of the risks involved, and he made sure I had realistic expectations. In December of 2018, Dr. Howard performed the belt lipectomy. The incisions healed nicely, the scars are fading, and my abdomen is wonderfully flat! I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Howard at NMLFH.
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Dr. Howard rebuilt my foot after a very complicated injury. Further, his follow up care and subsequent attention has made a significant impact on my quality of life. Dr. Howard provides a unique combination of expertise and patient care that I have not experienced with other providers.
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I met with Dr. Howard last week for a consultation. He took his time with me asked me questions about the outcome I wanted to see and gave me all the information I would need about my upcoming procedure. He is very responsive and very personable. I feel confident in his work. He did a procedure for my friend several years ago and the outcome was amazing! He also followed up with her and showed compassion and general caring about how she was feeling after. I am excited to work with him.
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Wasn't responsive. Plus, he left the Northbrook office three months after performing my surgery. The other surgeons did not want to have anything to do with me. They didn't want to work behind another surgeon
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I could not be happier with the outcome of my breast reconstruction after bilateral mastectomy. Dr Howard is highly skilled, provides excellent care is very thoughtful, and clearly understands all aspects of the journey that breast cancer sufferers are on. I highly recommend him.
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Dr. Howard is a gifted surgeon and a compassionate doctor. I am so grateful that I chose to have the diep flap breast reconstruction surgery in lieu of getting a breast implant following my mastectomy. It feels so natural - I feel like myself again!
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We had a very unsatisfactory experience with scheduling and billing. We were told that consults could only be in person (fair enough) and that the fee would be one amount. We were later charged a significantly higher amount (unfair) due to an error that billing department still refuses to own (unacceptable). As for the brief consult, Dr. Howard was competent and courteous.
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Dr. Howard is one of my favorite docs - ever! Super bedside manner, warm & caring, and a very skilled surgeon.
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Dr Howard is a brilliant surgeon and nicest person and doctor I have ever met. He performed 3 unique reconstruction surgeries on my leg to remove cancer tissue and construct a new leg from my tissue flap. I am very thankful to him for taking care of me and helping me through my procedures. There are no words that I can find to truly express my gratitude and admiration of Dr Howard. He is the best plastic surgeon and most understanding person. Highly recommended.
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(847) 260-7897

Dr. Howard accepts the following insurance:

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Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Illinois
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Howard's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Wound Repair
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Dr. Howard performs Wound Repair more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Howard performs this procedure more than 96% of his peers

Breast Diseases
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Dr. Howard treats Breast Diseases more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Howard treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Nipple Reconstruction
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Howard performs Nipple Reconstruction more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Howard performs this procedure more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Howard's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Benign Tumor
  • Birthmark
  • Botox® Injection
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Brow Lift
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cancer
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Capsulotomy
  • Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Cyst
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gynecomastia
  • Gynecomastia Repair
  • Hidradenitis
  • Laceration Repair
  • Lesion Removal
  • Liposuction
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Neck Lift
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Repair of Pigmentation Defect
  • Scar Revision Surgery
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Skin Cancer
  • Third-Degree Burns
  • Wound Repair

About Me

Care Philosophy

Better people means better experiences. Our care team is committed to delivering results that change lives.

Specialties

  • Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2004
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Georgetown University School Of Medicine
Residency Hospital
1998
Georgetown University Hospital
Internship Hospital
1997
Emory University
Medical School
1993
Illinois Wesleyan University
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

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77% Patient experience rating, 8% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)