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TESTIMONIALS

ABDOMINOPLASTY

(TUMMY TUCK SURGERY)

“Before my surgery I had no shape – everything just sagged. I had to stuff my lower abdomen into my clothes. I hated buying clothes. After I had my surgery I felt good about myself. I finally have a shape and enjoy buying clothes. The first day after surgery I couldn’t believe how well I felt and I was 17 pounds lighter. I was amazed that I no longer have an enormous lower abdomen and that my breasts weren’t down to my waist anymore. I would have the surgery again with no hesitation. Dr. Eckhardt is an excellent and caring physician.”  – K.B.*

“What Dr. Eckhardt did for me exceeded my expectations. I regained confidence back that I never thought was possible. I gained my weight with my pregnancies and I thought I was just going to be stuck with consequences of that. Until I met with Dr. Eckhardt and he educated me about the possibilities. There are things that diet and exercise alone just can’t fix, but Dr. Eckhardt sure can! I’ve had so much fun shopping for bikinis and I had really thought those days were long gone... not now.”  - A.M.*

“This is the second procedure Dr. Aric Eckhardt has done for me. I am happy with his care...I am excited now at six months and hope to see more improvements as time goes. I am excited now for my one year point to see the final results. I would definitely refer anyone to Dr. Aric Eckhardt and have done so with many friends, already. Now I can start my exercises and am looking forward to more improvements. Um-What to do next??”  - D.B.*

“I went Dr. Eckhardt for an abdominoplasty and got a miracle. Dr. Eckhardt removed all of my moles and excess skin effortlessly. My stomach is so much flatter that people think I have had a breast lift and enhancement. I could not possibly be happier with my results. I plan to see Dr. Eckhardt for additional work and have recommended him to several friends. I could not have found a more caring and dedicated physician, one of my better choices in life.”  - L.L.*

*Individual results may vary. The information, testimonials, videos and patient photos provided on this website are for informational purposes only and should not serve as a substitute for a professional consultation or advice. Please contact our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Eckhardt to find out the types of services and procedures that are best suited to your medical or aesthetic needs. Every written testimonial on this site is a voluntary, self-submitted account from one of our patients. Full names and/or faces have been eliminated from testimonials and before/after photos when requested to protect the privacy of our patients. Our before & after photos may not be copied, shared or used in any other way without written permission of Dr. Eckhardt, MD FACS in Moline, IL. 

“Wow! What an experience I had going through my tummy tuck procedure at the age of 51. It was such an awesome transformation. However, you will experience discomfort for 5-6 days. Each day gets better and better. I was able to return to work full time in two weeks. Dr. Aric Eckhardt and his staff are wonderful. They put you at ease and explain the procedure very thoroughly. Having this tummy tuck has made me feel whole again. I just felt so ugly and ashamed of all my horrible stretch marks. The procedure was very affordable and it was, as my husband puts it, ‘The best money I ever spent.’ I wish I had the procedure done 14 years ago after our last child was born. I absolutely love the results!!! But truthfully, my husband loves my new look, how much better I feel about myself, and the ‘new’ me even more!!! Dr. Eckhardt did an amazing job! He is a miracle worker!!!! I totally recommend Dr. Eckhardt if you are considering having a tummy tuck procedure done. I haven't worn a bikini since I was 19 years old. Thank you so much!”  – T.R.*

“I am a hospital health care worker and I feel Dr. Eckhardt did an absolutely amazing job. Time was taken to answer any questions or concerns I had during the pre-op visit, recover, and post-op checkups. I was a person instead of a ‘procedure.’ He and his staff were very supportive and pleasant. I can't think of a compliment adequate enough to express how impressed I was with this whole surgical experience. If I or a family member ever needed a procedure done that fell into Dr. Eckhardt's area of expertise that is who I would choose to do it.” 

- K.W.*

“This was a very difficult decision to make for me. But all the exercise I did was not taking away the excess skin and the thought of standing in front of someone naked terrified me. Dr. Eckhardt and his nurse made me feel totally at ease. I was very lucky that my surgeries could be done at one time. Dr. Eckhardt was very open and honest about what he could do to satisfy my expectations. I had a breast augmentation with lift, tummy tuck and inner thigh lift, and trust me I was not the perfect patient. It was a long, hard road for me but Dr. Eckhardt and his nurse were always available for me at any time of day or night. Dr. Eckhardt definitely had his work cut out for him (no pun intended). He definitely had a sense of humor – he had to work with me. I was never rushed. And believe me I had lots of questions. And every one was answered fully so that I could understand them. One of the last things I remember prior to surgery was in the O.R. when Dr. Eckhardt was doing all of the markings on me. When finished I started to walk back with the nurse then quickly turned back and gave Dr. Eckhardt a hug and asked him to please take care of me. To which he gave me his reassuring smile and from then on, I was fine. Everyone has asked if I would do it again and the answer is as absolutely yes! I have never felt better about myself. I love clothes shopping and really having fun with my new self esteem.” – B.K.R., Inner Thigh Lift Surgery, Breast Augmentation & Lift, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)*

“Like a lot of people I have struggled with my weight all of my life, but when I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in my thirties, it was a wake-up call. I was in nursing school at the time and from my studying found that if the weight went away, the condition went away. I decided I didn't want to take insulin for the rest of my life and did something about it. I lost the weight and am a diet-controlled person. However, what I was left with was not pretty. (I was a size 24 and had lost almost 100 lbs.) I decided to do something about it, and am I glad I did! Dr. Eckhardt was sooo great. I had a tummy tuck and a thigh lift and my life has totally changed!!! Not only physically, but mentally as well. My husband and I went to Hawaii and I wanted to go to the beach, I want to shop for clothes now, I want to do everything now I wouldn't or couldn't do before. I'm not just living life – I'm living the life I want to live now. I'm living life like it means something!  If you are thinking about having surgery, remember one thing - it will change your life FOR THE BETTER. Dr. E will take you there, he and his staff are superstars in my book and I will never forget them. THANKS GUYS <3 :) P.S. I'll send you a postcard from the Gulf Coast of Texas too!”  - J. D., Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) & Thigh Lift Surgery*

“First I want to say thank you to Dr. Eckhardt for seeing what I could be in this body and not as I was. My journey began at age 40 to be the best I could at this point in my life. I had already raised my family and now it was time to do something for myself. My body image was that of a 70 year old looking back at me in the mirror every morning and night when I took off my clothes. What could be done? Did my body image really have an effect on how I felt about myself? I had tried exercising but the sagging and bagging didn't tone up. I had thought about plastic surgery but always felt it was out of reach for an average person. My partner of many years had encouraged my decision and helped me through this journey. I was able to go back to work one week after the surgery, then I went to all of my follow up appointments and all concerns that I had were addressed by Dr. Eckhardt and his staff. My photos were taken five months after the surgery and with every passing day I see my body improving. My partner's remark said it all, ‘Honey that was not how you looked before, was it?’ I am extremely happy with the results of my breast lift, implants, and with my tummy tuck. The only thing I wonder is why didn't I do this sooner.”  - R.K., Breast Augmentation & Lift with Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)*

“As a result of the gastric bypass surgery I had a significant amount of excess skin around the abdomen; I found the office of Dr. Eckhardt through other recommendations and after a quick glance at his work, booked my consultation. Dr. Eckhardt treats every body type like a work of art and was realistic and thorough throughout the process. Dr. Eckhardt is in possession of some of the best qualities of a doctor: caring, benevolent, diligent, and professional. Guided by those through the surgery and recovery process. Sometimes, he made dedicated visits to the office just to see me or entertained my many questions without complaint or making me feel inadequate. Another distinguishing feature of the practice is his support staff. They are truly a well-oiled machine and run the office with precision without sacrificing personality and care. I have gone through several medical procedures and I must say that they exceeded my expectations in every sense. I look forward to continuing my transformation with their help. Thank you is not enough for changing my life.” - J.G., Tummy Tuck Surgery*

“I really don't know what made me decide to have plastic surgery. I was 45 at the time I had it, and I guess you feel like you are losing your youthfulness as you approach 50. I had seen Dr. E on television with his commercials, but I decided on him because a close friend of mine, her daughter, had surgery done by Dr. E. I trust her judgment of people. I had a breast lift and a tummy tuck done. One of my breasts was quite a bit larger than the other one and both were sagging. Both procedures turned out very well. Dr. E is very professional and meticulous. He took his time with every question I had and made me feel at ease with some of the anxiety I felt about surgery. He is a very down to earth person. All of his staff was compassionate and sincerely caring people. They felt like family to me. I am truly sad that my appointments with Dr. E have stopped. I made him a picture to remember me by and to let him know he touched my life in a positive way. Now, I have to talk my husband into Juvederm for wrinkles so I can go back!! Thanks Dr. E and your staff.”  - L.M., Breast Lift with Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)*

“After years of suffering with lower back pain and pain between my shoulder blades and regular visits to the chiropractor, I decided to do something about it. The first thing I did was made a consultation with Dr. Eckhardt. I then decided to get a breast reduction and tummy tuck. It’s been 6 months later and I am so glad I did. I am not only without back pain but I look and feel 100% better. The pain was moderate but didn’t last long. I was back to work in no time. I would tell anyone who is thinking about getting a reduction and tummy tuck to go for it – it is so worth it. I would do it all over again. I am so happy with the results that Dr. Eckhardt gave me.” – Anonymous, Breast Reduction & Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)*

“In 2004 I went to Dr. Eckhardt. I am 57 years old and had the bariatric surgery losing a total of 100 pounds. I had been left with hernias and a very sagging stomach. I had to wear a girdle in order for my back not to ache. The surgeon I went to for the hernia repair refused to operate on me unless I had an abdominoplasty at the same time. I cannot believe my life today – 6 months later. My back no longer hurts and I am getting around like I did 30 years ago. Dr. Eckhardt removed 16 pounds of hanging flab. I do not remember ever having a flat stomach. I was given a chance to really live life to it's fullest.”  - R.K., Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) & Hernia Repair Surgery*

“Having a tummy tuck and breast reduction was a very good choice for me. I haven't felt this good in I don't know how long. I constantly had back pains and migraine headaches, which didn't leave me in the best of moods. Every since I had these surgeries I've had very few headaches and no back pain to speak of. Dr. Eckhardt and his staff were very thorough and kind to me before, during, and after my surgeries. I'm glad I chose him for my surgeon.”  - H.J.K., Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) & Breast Reduction Surgery*

“After three babies I had a stomach that was big and saggy and I had stretch marks that looked like a map to the lost treasure. Nothing looked good on me and there was no way that I would ever be able to wear a bikini. Heck, I belonged in a wet suit! I went to see Dr. Eckhardt in January of 2009 and was very impressed with the care and attention that he (and his staff) gave. I had been to another surgeon in the area and felt like I was not able to ask questions and felt like I was more ‘in the way’ than a patient. Dr. Eckhardt's appointment was the complete opposite. He spent the entire time answering questions and letting me know what I can expect. He actually cared and it showed. On February 2, 2009 I checked in to Illini hospital for my tummy tuck. Dr. Eckhardt came to the room and answered even more of my questions and eased my nerves. As the operating room staff got me ready for surgery they were making small talk with me and they all told me how I had chosen a great surgeon. They all enjoyed working with him and said he created an up-beat atmosphere. After my surgery he (and the staff) were there to answer any questions or concerns that I had. I just got home from my 6-month post-op appointment. They took my last set of pictures today and they are AMAZING! I have a great figure and you cannot even see stretch marks! I am now the owner of an amazing figure (and flat tummy) and six bikinis!! I highly recommend Dr. Eckhardt for any procedure that you need. I just wish he could be our general doctor that we could use for all other issues as well! I truly am going to miss my post-op appointments with him and his staff! Thank you Dr. Eckhardt!”  - C.L.*

*Individual results may vary. The information, testimonials, videos and patient photos provided on this website are for informational purposes only and should not serve as a substitute for a professional consultation or advice. Please contact our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Eckhardt to find out the types of services and procedures that are best suited to your medical or aesthetic needs. Every written testimonial on this site is a voluntary, self-submitted account from one of our patients. Full names and/or faces have been eliminated from testimonials and before/after photos when requested to protect the privacy of our patients. Our before & after photos may not be copied, shared or used in any other way without written permission of Dr. Eckhardt, MD FACS in Moline, IL. 

“I was very impressed with Dr. Eckhardt's staff. Even on the phone his staff answered all my questions and made sure I had all the correct information before I came in for my appointment. They were all very warm and friendly, making sure I was taken care of. Dr. Eckhardt answered all the questions I had written down before I even asked them! He made sure I understood the procedure and what would happen at the hospital. I am so very pleased with my results. He treated me as a person and not a procedure. I would choose Dr. Eckhardt again in a heart beat. He and his staff went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable. Thank you Dr. Eckhardt and staff.” – C.C., Abdominoplasty with Hernia Repair*

“I am a woman over fifty years of age who debated having an abdominoplasty this past summer. I wondered whether it would be too vain, too costly, and too painful. As far as vanity goes, I was embarrassed that my stomach was so big, and it bothered me every time I looked in a mirror – and I don't consider myself overly concerned with appearances. I thought I would feel embarrassed about going to a plastic surgeon. My son helped convince me when he said, ‘Well, either way, Mom. You're embarrassed about having a big pot belly and having a tummy tuck – which would you rather be embarrassed about?’ I didn't want the belly. After careful consideration, a visit to Dr. Eckhardt's office, and several phone calls to his staff, I bravely decided to go ahead with the surgery. I was scheduled within a few weeks. Yes, I was nervous. Was I glad I did! My stomach was flat immediately – I noticed it as soon as I woke up, and I thought, ‘My gosh, my stomach isn't there – that's immediate gratification!’ I went home that night. I am back in all my “skinny” clothes. I tended to gain weight in my stomach since childbirth, and now I look the way I did thirty years ago. Well, maybe a new wrinkle here and there... Dr. Eckhardt is friendly, understanding, patient, and has a great sense of humor. Once when I went back, I was nervous about having the drain tubes taken out, and he made me laugh. That relaxed me, and the procedure was not a problem at all. He is very careful, and many say he's a perfectionist. In any case, the results have exceeded my expectations. I am not only firm and trim, but he was also able to get rid of almost all my stretch marks. As a maturing woman, I'm not wearing bikinis (I never did, frankly) but I like the way I look! His staff is great, too. Beth and Connie are knowledgeable, gentle, professional and kind. Both Dr. Eckhardt and the nurses returned calls very quickly. They encouraged me to call with any question at all. I didn't hesitate to call after my surgery, and Beth would assure me, ‘You're doing everything right!’ There is discomfort; after all it is major surgery, but I managed pretty well with the pain medication. I let my family take care of me, which was a nice switch! I t was a kind of nice to watch TV and be lazy. I would say after one month I was feeling almost 100% normal again. It's been three months now, and I'm back to working out and getting exercise, and not being lazy at all! I'm not embarrassed at all that I did this, though I decided it was my own business. Only my family and a couple friends knew about it. People know I look different, but not why. Friends have said, ‘Wow you look good! Have you lost weight?’ I smile and say, ‘I'm working hard.’ It's true, too. Looking slim motivates you to stay away from junk food, and take good care of yourself. I treated myself to this surgery, and I'm happy I did. Dr. Eckhardt is a fine surgeon. It was worth the money, and I'd also easily recommend him to anyone considering plastic surgery. Pun intended: it took some guts, and I'm glad about that!”  - M.H.*

“After having a gastric bypass in March of 2000, I had a lot of loose skin from years of being overweight. Being overweight caused my skin to lose its elasticity. The skin hung from my stomach area and I had very saggy breasts. A former patient of his gave Dr. Eckhardt’s name to me. After hearing experiences with him and seeing her ‘after’ photos, I was impressed and set up an appointment for myself. I was told I had to lose my weight first from the gastric bypass before any reconstruction could be performed. My first visit was on November 17, 2001. I was interested in a tummy tuck, breast lift, augmentation, and hernia repair. My husband and I watched videos of the procedures and then Dr. Eckhardt explained the procedures to us. Dr. Eckhardt then worked with my insurance company to see what would be covered. We set a tentative date for December 10. I met with Dr. Eckhardt once more before the procedure to discuss it again and the type and size of implants to be used. I felt very comfortable around Dr. Eckhardt; he was professional, yet showed a very caring side for me. He understood that what I was going through was tough and offered his opinion as to what would work best for my body type. My procedure took place on December 10, 2001. I was apprehensive, yet excited to look like my younger self again. The procedure went as planned, but took a little longer than scheduled. My husband and I discovered that Dr. Eckhardt is a perfectionist. Wow! What a job to have for a perfectionist. I went home the day after the surgery and my recovery (while a little painful) went very well. I was back to getting around well and moving in five days. While the overall look and change can take a few months, the immediate outcome was great and I looked wonderful. By the end of six weeks, I was back to my normal self and everyday life doing routine activities. Dr. Eckhardt wanted me to wait to start working out so my body could adapt to the change and my incisions could heal. At my six-month post-op visit, we decided to have some final touch up work on the locals and a sedative. This procedure went very well and I was ready to go that day. This was the final procedure done and I had the look I was wanting. Not only would I use Dr. Eckhardt for further plastic surgery, but also I would recommend him to others. I know Dr. Eckhardt showed my family and I how great of a person he is when on June 29, 2003, my son got bit on the face by a neighbor's dog. He was bitten very close to one of his eyes and needed plastic surgery. We took my son to the hospital that Dr. Eckhardt does not normally go to. We were very firm on having Dr. Eckhardt do the procedure on our son. The hospital stated that they did not think he would come there, but he did. His page was answered and he showed up as soon as he could. Dr. Eckhardt really made our son feel at ease and worked very quickly. While our son has a scar and nothing will take that away, we are more satisfied with the outcome. Even the ER nurse commented on the work and how impressed she was. Dr. Eckhardt stands by his work and has shown my family and me how dedicated and trustworthy a surgeon should be.”  - J.A.S., Breast Augmentation & Lift with Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)*

“Having my extended abdominoplasty was the best thing I've ever done for myself. I feel like a new person. I'm no longer embarrassed to look in the mirror at myself. I have more energy now and am much more active than before my surgery. My husband is very happy with the results also. He says I've never seemed happier.”  - K.H.*

“Being a Medical professional myself, I took the time to research providers before committing to have my procedure done with Dr. Aric Eckhardt. I am very satisfied with the treatment I received by Dr. Aric Eckhardt and his staff. I couldn’t be more pleased with my results.”  - H.S., Tummy Tuck Surgery*

“Dr. Eckhardt has given me my life back. I feel 20 years younger, no longer have back pain and I feel great! He and his staff are the best and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. Thank you!”  - J.F., Breast Reduction & Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)*

“My experience with Dr. Eckhardt was he was very easy to talk to, he explained what would be done, and answered all of my questions. I felt very comfortable with his staff. I am very happy with the end results.”  - D.A.D., Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) & Hernia Repair Surgery*

“Dr. Eckhardt and his staff were great.  I'm very happy I picked him.  I don't think I could have asked for a better Doctor or better results.  He makes you feel very comfortable. Thank you to Dr. Eckhardt and his staff.” - A.D., Breast Augmentation, Abdominoplasty & Liposuction Anterior Neck Surgery*

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*Individual results may vary. The information, testimonials, videos and patient photos provided on this website are for informational purposes only and should not serve as a substitute for a professional consultation or advice. Please contact our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Eckhardt to find out the types of services and procedures that are best suited to your medical or aesthetic needs. Every written testimonial on this site is a voluntary, self-submitted account from one of our patients. Full names and/or faces have been eliminated from testimonials and before/after photos when requested to protect the privacy of our patients. Our before & after photos may not be copied, shared or used in any other way without written permission of Dr. Eckhardt, MD FACS in Moline, IL.