Dr. Otto Placik

Surgery - Plastics
Arlington Heights, IL
36 years experience male

Locations

Office

Arlington Heights, IL

Address

880 West Central Road, Suite 3100, Arlington Heights, IL
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

No Value

Office

Chicago, IL

About

Bio

Dr. Placik received his medical degree, (graduating from the Honors Program in Medical Education) from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery. He completed a fellowship in the aesthetic reconstruction of complex nasal and facial deformities at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago and an additional fellowship in microvascular surgery at Davies Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Placik is board certified as a diplomat by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, , and is an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Placik is a local expert with national credentials. He has appeared on television,as well as in magazines, and newspapers. Dr. Placik is a contributing author to the book “Be Your Best.” He has been repeatedly recognized as a “Top Doctors” by Consumers’ Checkbook Magazine as well as one of “America’s Top Surgeons” and “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by Consumers Research Council of America. Recently selected to the NOVO National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics, he has performed thousands of breast enlargements in addition to body contouring and facial enhancement procedures. An Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Northwestern University, Dr. Placik has published and presented to national audiences. He is a recognized investigator and actively participates in research and development of emerging cosmetic innovations including FDA clinical trials. Dr. Placik has already been granted a US Patent for a breast sizing device and is in the process of acquiring more surgical patents including a drain which diminishes post-operative discomfort. Dr. Placik regularly attends educational seminars, updates, and training in the latest aesthetic developments. Dr. Placik was the first in Illinois to place the Fulfil lip implant and the first in Illinois to perform the G-spot Amplification® also known as The G-shot®. Other firsts in Illinois include: 1) enrollment in an IRB to inject one’s own fat for breast augmentation instead of implants, 2) performance of the minimally invasive iGuide neck lift procedure 3) application of the non-surgical Earwell device for pediatric ear deformities. He can perform surgeries in the privacy and safety of his JCAHO accredited office based surgery suite located on the campus of Northwest Community Hospital. To learn more and benefit from his wealth of experience, more information can be found at bodysculptor.com

Specialties
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Surgery - Plastics

Plastic Surgery

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Numbness tingling: Compression of the nerve is the hallmark and initial presenting factor which initiall leads to soreness and numbness tingling effecting the thumb, ind... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Yes: This is related to race as well as certain genetic conditions or predispositions.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Many types : Depends on the type of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma, dermatofibrisarcoma, etc. They may look like a pimple, mole, ulcer, scar, nod... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Wound care relief: Wounds care it's a skin protectant and avoidance of any more pressure.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Usually: They typically appear in a butterfly distribution over the nose and cheeks and tend to be intermittent. Over the long term it may become associated wi... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Generalized answer: There are many different types of skin cancer and therefore there' is no one answer but most cancers have several stages speaking in general terms and... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Breat implant mammo: Extra views called eklund compression views are obtained in which the first view encompasses the tissue and the implant whereas the second view attemp... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Usually 3 weeks: You should see a response by 3 weeks after commencing therapy.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Difficult to prevent: Ad you may have to resort to treatment rather than prevention. Obvious cessation of exogenous steroids such as Anabolic steroids are your first step. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
#1=immobility: But there are many other factors such as nutrition, contractures, fractures, spasm, paraplegia, sensory disturbances, obesity, incontinence, inability... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Yes but not survival: Yes. In fact special views are required for patients with implants to increase the ability to visualize the amount of breast tissue that may be obscur... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Carpal Tunnel: It certainly is concievable if your wrist in the wrong position and you are doing this for prolonged periods.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Other way around: Inflammation does not usually cause acne. However longstanding acne can produce chronic inflammation with scarring and hyperpigmentation.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Will be difficult: The ulnar nerve is very important to hand and finger function and controls some of the finer muscles as well as sensation in the ring and small finger... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Usually minimal: Thus depends on the extent if surgery, the location ( finger versus face) and the techniques used for repair.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Can be immediate: Depending on your sensitivity, this can be nearly immediate as triggers such as alcohol are absorbed almost immediately upon entering the stomach and ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Pain after carpal: It depends on the surgeon but typically antibiotics and narcotic analgesics.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Be more specific: Without trying to sound prejudiced, there are several features to the Asian eyelid which can be simulated and you must discuss the specific features y... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Absolutely not: Nope! there are some very critical far deposits such as the pericardial fat pad and periorbital fat pads or omentum that should not and cannot be remo... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Not really: This operation does not increase the size of the palpebral aperature but it may give the optical illusion of a more open or alert. Eye.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
2 years: But most if the scar is formed by 6 weeks. It takes two years for the scar to mature and reorganize.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Typically 6 weeks: But i would consult with your trauma surgeon who may want to perform some serologic testing and possible diagnostic imaging prior to giving consent.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Skin & fat removal: Yes if it is due excess fat or redundant skin.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Common: Yes, this is relatively common.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Yes: Yes, they can be combined and the incisions can be made after the tummy tuck skin incision is made so that no additional scars are incurred.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Not to my knowledge: In the Asian eyelid operation fat is removed from in front of the tarsus and the lid crease is created by a surgical adhesion. Occasional the epicanth... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Time is usually best: I would recommend waiting at least 2 years for the donor sites to mature. Howver, in the meantime, avoid sun exposure, consider topical silicone gel s... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Facellift recovery: Facelifts alone heal quite quickly. It is more teh associated procedures such as eyelid lift (blepahorplasty), fat injections, laser peels, etc that a... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Facelfit under local: Yes, but it depends on your health and the extent of the procedure as well as your tolerance for injections. If you have high blood pressure and exten... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Fretting after fract: Sorry the pun but there is an old surgical joke: "could you play the guitar before?" in all likelihood with a properly managed injury satisfactory he... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Pin = DON"T MOVE: The purpose of the pin is to immobilize the fracture so hand motion should be restricted. Moving a fracture can cause a non-union or malunion requirin... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Follow instructions: Exercises will be provided under the supervision of your surgeon with instruction from a hand therapist.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Hand numbness: It could mean several things. It could mean you are experiencing compromise/compression of the circulation or it could mean you are compressing the ne... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Go to ER: If this happened suddenly and without any precipitating identifiable cause, i would go to the er. There are a variety of benign explanations possibly ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Not usually : This may vary throughout the course if pregnancy.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Early BCC or AK: It is sometimes successful in treating early bcc and actinic keratosis if caught early. Follow up is required to ensure eradication and evaluate for ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Nearly immediate: But acne is an ongoing disease and treatment over a six month period is likely or produce better results.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
CUr Surgeon: Best candidates are close to their ideal body weight with disproportionately large breasts in good overall health reporting neck, back, shoulder pain,... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Travel after tummy: It is typically best if you can arrange to remain in close proximity to your plastic surgeon for two weeks following surgery. Most early complications... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Botox safer thanASA?: Is Botox safer than aspirin? Maybe. The risks of this product are relatively low given over 20 years of use. Despite this there are highly publicized ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Nitric oxide digest: Generally speaking you should not be having Nitric Oxide while digesting. It may diffiuse into the bowel and accumulate causing stomach/intestinal gas... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Absolutely!: Swelling & fluid retention is very common after surgery. In fact you may actually weigh more after surgery than prior to, surgery due to the fluid. Do... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Tummy tuck hernia: A ventral hernia must be distinguished from a diastasis recti. These are commonly confused. A tummy tuck can be used to treat the latter with a high d... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Higher risk injury: Lp s are done in the lumbar region because the spinal cord tapers and there is less likelihood of hitting it. Furthermore it is a better place to coll... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Relatively safe/few: The following study documented that the long term effects of Accutane were relatively minor and safe. These were related to skin and mucous membranes ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Good skin care: Concerns for your babies health trump the skin care. Avoid retinoids in the first trimester. A good skin care regiment is best and the acne may not al... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Not usually: Bruising will not lead to scarring unless associated with fat necrosis or underlying tissue damage which is possible. Extensive bruising may contribut... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Generally not requir: This is not typically necessary. Perhaps you could ask for IV sedation prior to the procedure if excessively anxious. Furthermore, general anesthesia ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Swollen fingers: This may be due to immobility and swelling. Arm elevation above your heart can definitely improve this. Gentle finger range of motion exercises, if pe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
2-3 months: Finger bones take anywhere from 8-14 weeks to heal when compared to most per long nines which typically take 6-8 weeks. Thismismdue to the size, insta... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 17, 2013
It is no wonder that Dr Placik has a 99 DocScore & is ranked first nationally in so many areas of medicine on HealthTap. He provides concise & accurate information to many people. He does a good job...Read More
I endorse this doctor. He is skilled, ethical, intelligent and reliable. My personal knowledge of his skill and technique is in the area of female cosmetic/plastic genital (vulvar) surgery, at which...Read More
Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Placik is a wonderfully well-rounded physician, whose replies embrace the whole human rather than on surgical procedures alone. He's a great asset to HealthTap, and I'm sure to his patients.
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Know supposed to pay again but to answer your Qs In 2010 I had CT done for abdominal pain and lower lobes were incidentally scanned... Every year I have a chest x-ray for part of annual exam due to sm...Read More
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I totally agree that one shouldn't perform by themselves at home without any medical supervision but I have been going through dermatologist more than a year in my home country and then moved to state...Read More
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The surgery definantly helped! Although it seemed right after his speech(babbling) was much more improved/more letters. Now..it's back to just mmmm with vowels. It seemed right after my husband notice...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1987MD

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Graduated 1987MD

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Awards

Listed, Madison's Who's Who
Listed, Cambridge Who's Who
Listed, The Best of the US

Affiliations

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
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