"Words cannot describe how much you have changed my life. I was already in the field of modeling, but now I am getting recognition by the media, magazines, and major photographers. Also my confidence level is sooo much more than before. I can fit the clothing I always wanted to wear. Remember, I will be on PlayboyÃ¢ÂÂs Grapevine page in the December 2008 issue"
After years of overeating, Kim Hulswit finally got serious about slimming down, and it all started with a kiss.
Hometown: North Versailles, Pennsylvania
Weight: 172 pounds
Current Weight: 112 pounds
Lost: 60 pounds
At 5'2" and 172 pounds, Kim Hulswit knew she had to lose weight, but her low self-esteem paralyzed her. She'd been heavy since her teen years, when other kids mocked her size. Her marriage, at age 26, was rocky, and Hulswit's already-poor eating habits got worse when she began overeating to cope. And when her second child was diagnosed with autism, she turned to junk food for comfort. Her marriage ended 23 years later, but her insecurity and bad eating habits remained.
It ultimately took a kiss from a crush three years ago to help Hulswit see that she needed to treat herself better. She loved the attention the man gave her but she was too ashamed of her body to take the relationship further. "I realized that in order to find love I had to love and take care of myself first."
She began by replacing processed foods with fruit, salad, and lean proteins like grilled chicken, turkey, and eggs; advice she gleaned from The South Beach Diet. The change sent her energy level soaring, which made Hulswit even more determined to drop weight. "I decided I wanted my 50s to be the best years of my life," she says.
When it came to exercise Hulswit got help in the motivation department from an Oprah episode on weight loss. "A doctor told an audience member that even if she was in the middle of a hurricane she should still get on that treadmill and work out!" Hulswit began walking every morning, gradually pushing herself until she worked up to an hour. To prevent boredom she added strength training, Pilates, and dance DVDs to her regimen. "I don't love exercise, but I trick my self by saying, 'Just do 10 minutes,' and I last much longer."
Now 112 pounds and a size 2, Hulswit feels confident about her appearance, and her future. "I really owed it to my family to lose the weight," she says. "I need to be healthy to be here to take care of my son."
And although her crush is no longer in her life, she still treasures that kiss and the transformation it inspired. "I look and feel so great that I'm more likely to meet someone."
Dr. Capone and Staff,
Just a little note to everyone to express my sincerest "THANKS"! I cannot tell you how this procedure has improved not only my confidence but my physical appearance and my LOVE LIFE. I keep looking to see if they're going to fall but... I could not have asked for a better team of professionals to walk me through this journey - you all were so kind, caring, gentle and very assuring. Dr. Capone, your confidence and knowledge in what you do made me very comfortable and I'm so glad you were the one to enhance all of me.
I'll be forever grateful to all of you in taking such great care of me and my feelings!!! You're all #1 in my book!! All the best and Happy Holidays!
Christina (and D. says Thanks, TOO!)
Dear Dr. Capone and Staff,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your kindness and superior treatment. I am so confident that I came to your offices for my surgeries; I could not have made a better choice.
I am very impressed with the warm, professional atmosphere in your office; everyone handles themselves with so much class, and I love the friendly dynamic between everyone.
I would not hesitate to recommend your office to everyone, you have made my experience a pleasure.
Respectfully and with warm regards,
Dear Dr. Capone,
Thank you so very much for the excellent care you have given me. I feel so fortunate to have found such an exquisitely skilled surgeon and kind person.
I knew I was in good hands, because you explained everything perfectly, answered all of my questions, and exhibited the sort of confidence that must come from years of experience and much success.
The results are so much better than I imagined and the recovery was not nearly as difficult as I had feared.
You are a very special doctor and I'm so glad I found you!
With warmest regards,
Dear Dr. Capone and all staff,
Thank you all for making such a beautiful difference in my life. I will never forget the compassion and genuine care that I felt from all of you from the very first time that I walked into your office.
Thank You. Best wishes always,
"Thank you, Dr. Capone, for the many years of quality care, sensitivity, and understanding. I am grateful."
Dr. Capone and Team,
Thank you for my new look! You did a terrific job, and I enjoyed meeting and working with all of you! You are a terrific group of professionals, and I am so glad I found you!
Dr. Capone and Staff
Thank you so much for everything! After I received the before-and-after photos, I couldn't believe the difference. I am greatly pleased with the results! Not only has my body changed, my confidence has changed as well. I couldn't be happier!
Everyone at your facility was so welcoming, which made my experience so comforting. If you ever need a contact, I will be more than happy to share my experience. I have already shared with numerous people who are also amazed. Don't be surprised if they call for a consultation!
Again, thanks so much!
Dear Dr. Capone and Staff,
Just a note to thank you for your kindness and professionalism. I've experienced these last few months. The entire office functions like a well oiled wheel, obviously as a result of your leadership! The time you spent with me on my first visit assured me that if I finally went through with this you would definitely be the one to do it. I am thrilled with the results already. You are truly a gifted doctor in many ways.
Dr. Capone and Staff,
I just wanted to say thank you for everything. It has been a year since my surgery. You and your staff have made this experience so wonderful! I would highly recommend your office to anyone. Thank you again for working with me to make this surgery happen.
Dr. Capone and Staff,
All of you have been so nice, friendly and caring. I just wanted to take the time to say "Thank You".
Dear Dr. Capone,
I wish to sincerely thank you for taking me on as a patient and furthering my desire of practicing yoga and exercising to the best of my ability. Your skill and attention to detail is like an artist in motion. You are truly blessed with a great talent for helping others 'enhance their appearance.' You, as well as your staff, definitely help patients feel at ease; from the time they enter the office to the time they have completed their journey with you.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season to you and your family. God bless your dad for raising such a brilliant surgeon and caring human being.
N. and family
You performed my breast implant surgery on January 3, and I could not be happier with the results. All the numbness has finally subsided and, more importantly, they look perfect. Everyone who has seen them says, "Your doctor is amazing!"
I am very happy and I wanted you to know that you had a lot to do with it!
Dear Dr. Capone and staff,
I want to thank all of you for changing my life. My self confidence has been raised to a new level. All of you are so warm and friendly! You seem like "extended family". Thank you for truly caring. You have make this "transformation" so easy!
Thanks to Dr. Capone I'm a new woman.
I now love myself and owe it to the pro; I have no scarring. This is a surgeon with wonderful bedside manners and remarkable skills. He shows a lot of compassion with his patients. The moment I met him I knew he was the Dr. for me. Most importantly, I cannot thank him enough for my results.
Again, I owe it to a 'Pro'! Many, Many thanks Dr. Capone!!
Dear Dr. Capone,
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the patience and understanding of you and your staff. There was never a moment that I did not feel that I had the best care. Any questions I had (and there were many) you and your girls always had a well explained answer. Thank you, for making a life changing experience so pleasant and wonderful.
I am so excited about my new look!!
Thank you so much for your care and concern - especially in the wee hours of the morning! You do awesome work!
Dear Dr. Capone,
I want to thank you and your staff.
I was a 19-year-old with severely low self-esteem and was unable to wear regular clothing due to the size of my breasts. Being only 19 years old, you counseled my parents and me to ensure that I was interested in breast augmentation for only the right reasons. And I was.
The procedure changed my life. I had always been a leader and always excelled at schoolwork. After the procedure, my self-esteem was higher so I felt more capable socially as well as in the areas in which I was already strong.
The reason now that I write to you was the final test. I recently had a baby. I had heard horror stories of women with breast implants who were unable to breastfeed, but even prior to the surgery you had assured me that I would be able to breastfeed my children, something that was very far in the future but nonetheless important to me. I truly am thankful that not only did the breast augmentation surgery change my life in a positive manner, but that I am able to still use my breasts for their God-given purpose: to nurture children.
Thank you so much.
I wanted to take some time to express my sincere gratitude to you. In your mind you may say that you've performed breast augmentation and abdominoplasty on me. In my mind, I say that you've enhanced my whole life. Not only am I thrilled with the results, I carry myself in an entirely different way. I used to be embarrassed about certain parts of my body and I would do whatever I could to conceal them. Now I want everyone to see how nice I look. You've done so much more for me than you realize, and I will be forever grateful.
Before I came to you, I consulted with other plastic surgeons about the same procedures. I did not feel comfortable with those surgeons. I was made to feel as if my feelings were not important, and as a result I declined to pursue anything further with their facilities. I was ready to give up having cosmetic surgery performed simply because I could not find the "right" person. I decided that I would talk to one more surgeon. I went to the internet for information and that's when I came across your web site. It was very thorough, and I decided to contact your facility.
The day of my consultation you came into the room and started talking to me. My nervousness went away and I felt comfortable with you. I left your office that day knowing that I could trust you to perform cosmetic surgery on me.
After my surgery, you did everything you could to make sure that my recovery was as comfortable as possible. You were also there for me when I had concerns at two o'clock in the morning and you did not seem annoyed. You even placed a follow-up call the next day to make sure that I was okay. I truly appreciated that. I cannot say enough wonderful things about you and your facility. I will always recommend you with confidence.
Thank you so much for all you've done for me.
The best surgical experience I have experienced or witnessed. (I am a nurse.) Very pleased with the outcome. Quite impressed with the office and staff. Dr Capone is excellent. I would like to see what the state of healthcare would look like if Dr Capone and his staff ran things.
I've been wanting to write and thank you for sending me the images of my mastopexy procedure... WOW! It's only been 6 months and already I'd forgotten the transformation you achieved!
I've been feeling great and was able to jump back into work when my healing was done. I'll be turning 45 in a few months and I have to admit most of the time I feel 25. I've always had an upbeat, positive attitude towards life but you've helped to heighten my enthusiasm and given it a bit more longevity.
From the first time I walked into your office I knew I was making the right decision. The office gals were friendly and extremely helpful... then I met you. I knew from our first conversation that you were the right physician for me. You were professional yet very personable. I naturally had reservations about the entire procedure but after talking with you I felt comfortable and it continued with every appointment afterwards. You are so approachable and fun to talk with. My only regret about the whole thing is that it had taken me 6 years to actually go through with it!
You had mentioned adding my photos to your web site. I give you my permission, as a matter of fact I'd be honored! The photos really captured the positive outcome that a mastopexy procedure can have.
Again, I thank you for everything.
Have a beautiful Holiday Season! Good wishes to all!
"I would recommend Dr. Capone and staff to all my friends and family."
"I love this facility. It is the cleanest facility I have ever been to."
"The Staff and Dr. Capone are wonderful. I loved the work he did and was very comfortable. They are great people!"
"Dr. Capone was WONDERFUL!! From my 1st visit to the last everyone was amazing!"
"I tell all my friends that ask me where I had my surgery done!! Dr Capone and staff Are AMAZING!!"
"Thank you! You've changed my life!"