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Dr. Otto Placik

Surgery - Plastics
Arlington Heights, IL
35 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

Tuesday: 10am - 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

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Surgery - Plastics

Plastic Surgery

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Exfoliation skincare: This can be a difficult problem especially if associated it's keratosis pilaris. Exfoliation with gentle moisturizers may help. Some have used laser h... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Contradictory goals: Your facial nerve a paralysis is the primary problem. Without the gold weight pushing down your eyelid to help, with closure, your cornea could be exp... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Very common: This is currently the most popular method of restoring pigmentation to a reconstructed nipple and areola following mastectomy or other breast reconstr... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Two different issues: The spider veins and pain may be unrelated or they may be indicative of underlying varicose veins. However your pain sounds more suggestive of nerve c... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Soaps and skin care: I would discuss the soaps and skin are that you are using with your pediatrician.
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Physical therapy: Physical therapy may help while allowing time for the Botox effects to dissipate over a 3-5 month period.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Numerous choices: There are a variety of treatments that vary according to the severity of scars: chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, fillers, fat grafting... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Scars are permanent: A wash will not eliminate scars.
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Not typically: It sounds as if you have either severe kyphosis or scoliosis. This would best be managed by a spine surgeon. Abdominal pain is an atypical manifestati... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Unlikely: Gallstones have to pass through the bile duct which is considerably smaller than a bean and would have likely caused tremendous pain if anything near ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Usually excised: The treatment of cyst typically requires excision for permanent resolution.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
See specialist: This may take time to resolve. I would first recommend a course of mild topical anti-inflammatory agents. Chemical peels and bleaching agents may help... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Job description?: You should be able to drive within a week but return to work really depends on your job description. If these are small hernias easily repaired with m... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Improve NOT remove: It is possible to improve scars but nearly impossible to remove scars. This requires an assessment of thickness, width, depth, color, texture, locatio... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
One is cancer : Ant atypical mole displays abnormal cell behavior that may be indicative of a premalignant lesion whereas melanoma is a cancer. While melanoma require... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Keep silicone local: The consequences of silicone in breast milk in patients with implants has been studied and formula fed children have 400 times the silicone when compa... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Hypertrophic scar: On occasion, delayed healing or a suture reaction or a cyst or a neuroma may produce a hypertrophic or painful scar. If the biopsy was benign, i would... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Pressure>Sores: The number one cause of pressure sores are pressure. If the sores are on the soles of her feet then i understand. However if they are located on her b... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
At a stable result?: As much as hardening of the implants (contracture) is considered a problem, softening and laxity are equally a problem. In some instances this may be ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Treat not cure: Wr still don't completely understand the causes of acne but a fairly clear picture of the outcome. Treatments are targeted to reduce sebaceous (oil gl... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Probably a myth: This has been debated for both men and women. However the phytoestrogens identified in soy do not appear to demonstrate any significant clinical effec... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Change needs eval: Any changing lesion and be evaluated by a dermatologist".
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Cold sore: A cold spree tends to have a characteristic appearance with multiple tiny fluid filled blisters clumped together whereas a puncture wound tends to be ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Type of scar: The treatment depends on the problem causing the blemish is it a hyperpigmented scar, a depression, an ice pick, a cyst, etc. Depending on the diagnos... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Could be lesion: This could be traumatic or infectious or allergic. Discuss with your family practice doctor or urologist.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Probably too late: It is probably too late for stitches at this time and probably better to allow it to heal and perform light massage to promote maturation of the scar ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Not a common cause: Other than steroids, I am not aware of any common allergy drugs that are associated with the development of gynecomastia. For a list of some medicati... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
See dermatologist: Moles do not usually "peel" off and any changing pigmented lesion should be evaluated and possibly biopsied or monitored by a dermatologist.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
May need biopsy: This sounds like a drug eruption or may need a biopsy to establish a definitive diagnosis.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Natural?: What do you mean by natural? Non-surgical? Mechanical? Weight gain? Bio-identical hormones? Garments? Vacuum devices? Duct tape? "chicken-cutlets"? Pa... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Always: Always use progressive increases with proper warmup and supervision. Do not ignore pain/weakness.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
May need accutane : You may benefit from a medical grade regimen including salicylic acid peels and prescriptions such as Accutane or topical retinoids to diminish oil gl... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Many options: Consider Hydrocortisone cream if not infected or salicylic acid. Keep out of sun and avoid tobacco use.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
It can be : Any surgery has the potential to be painful but we can often alleviate, diminish, or relieve pain with medications, blocks, pumps, or surgical approac... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Of course: He or she will be your best source for medically accurate information that uniquely pertains to you.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Bra ; special device: There are a variety of bras and special devices that are not unlike old school duct tape or silicone adhesive cups to lift and shape. Of course there ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Follow up: There are a variety if options from repeat mammo, to ultrasound, MRI, PETscan, biopsy, etc.discuss with a specialist.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Chest wall pain: Chest wall pain occurs with a variety of conditions. In and of itself, it is such a vague complaint that is has very little diagnostic specificity. Ho... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Breast liposuction: Breast liposuction is a minimally invasive method to achieve modest reductions in the side of the breast. Visit http://www.Bodysculptor.Com.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Inhaled concerns: Talc is a foreign body that can cause scarring if enters the airway and lungs. Particularly there are numerous concerns with inhaling talc powder and ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
New shape! Benefits?: The results are truly the altered shape of our breast at the risk of some degree of scarring. The benefits will depend on your realistic expectations ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Emerging option: And an increasingly popular technique with a variety of different possible approaches used by different practitioners with risks like any other surger... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Many reasons. : There are a variety of possible causes including trauma, infection, thrombosis (mondors), musculoskeletal, cardiac, pulmonary, neoplastici, etc. See.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Risks and health: At 35 (your stated) year of age, you are at no greater risk than the typical rhinoplasty population. However certain medical conditions such as hypert... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Many but ? Value: The primary ingredient in these pills may vary and generally have not been evaluated by the FDA so that the side effects are not well described. In al... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Yes but no pressure : Should be applied to the implants ( such as in a mammogram or prone position) to avoid the potential for bleeding or malposition.
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A female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
In : In many instances, surgeons prefer to hold off on Aspirin or Aleve (naproxen) for 10 days after surgery due to the potential increased risk of surgery... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Unlikely to be tumor: Nothing is impossible but this would not be the first sign of a brain tumor. However, i would be concerned about possible dehydration and electroyte i... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Depends : It depends on the amount of fat you have to transfer. Not all of the fat is transfered to the breast. The good fat is seperated from the bad fat and... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Smoking suffocates: Smoking is bad for wound healing long after stopping due to chronic changes that compromise the blood supply which is required for wound healing. Alth... 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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