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Facelift vs. Non-Surgical Facelift

A facelift, technically called a rhytidectomy, is a surgical cosmetic procedure that lifts sagging skin of the face and neck to restore a more youthful appearance. Non-surgical facelifts are a newer option, using multiple non-invasive treatments such as dermal fillers and BOTOX to lift, tighten, and smooth face and neck. What is a facelift?  A […]


Should I wear a bra after my breast lift?

After your breast lift procedure, it is extremely important to follow the recommended postoperative directions, including wearing a surgical bra as directed. The aftercare and your decisions on supporting your new lifted breasts are an important part of achieving a beautiful final aesthetic outcome.  For the best results, and unless otherwise directed, you should wear […]


The Dr. Miami Effect: How Plastic Surgeons are Grappling with Snapchat

I’m a plastic surgeon and I make people feel better about their bodies.” If you’re one of the millions of people who follow Dr. Miami, aka Dr. Michael Salzhauer, on Snapchat, you’ll recognize this message as his cheerful daily greeting. Dr. Miami, who is 44 years old and has basically eschewed his given name in […]


Dr. Placik Wins RealSelf 500 Award

Chicago Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Recognized as Top Social Influencer in Cosmetic Surgery Chicago – March 01, 2016 – Local physician Dr. Placik is one of 500 doctors in the nation to receive the prestigious RealSelf 500 Award, out of nearly 13,000 board certified specialists with a presence on RealSelf—the leading online community helping people […]


A Prospective Evaluation of Female External Genitalia Sensitivity to Pressure following Labia Minora Reduction and Clitoral Hood Reduction.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26397263 Abstract BACKGROUND: Little research has been conducted into the effects of labiaplasty on the sensitivity of external genitalia. This study aimed to determine the effect of labia minora and clitoral hood reduction using the edge resection technique on external genitalia sensitivity. METHODS: Female subjects electing to undergo labia minora and clitoral hood reduction were […]


Interview with Dr. Placik on breast reconstruction after mastectomy for Chicago Life magazine.

The number of mastectomies may rise further as genetic testing becomes more commonplace, surmises Otto Placik, M.D., an Arlington Heights plastic surgeon. As for the preponderance of implants, that surgery is less expensive, he says, “Unfortunately, reconstruction is sometimes guided by reimbursements. Reimbursement for using people’s own tissue is increasingly less covered.”


The risk of developing breast cancer and what we need to look out for. Interview with Lindsay Avener: Founder, Bright Pink.

This week at Ravishly, we are taking a look at breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while all the pink we bring out is a beautiful sentiment, we need to be more active in helping women affected by breast cancer. And that doesn’t just mean women who have cancer, it also […]


Why You Shouldn’t Need 5 Boob Jobs for Great Results

When it comes to achieving your ideal breast appearance, you shouldn’t need as many procedures as Tamra Judge, the  “Real Housewife” star who openly discussed her succession of five breast enhancement surgeries before feeling satisfied with her results. If you follow a few sensible tips, you shouldn’t need five boob jobs to get beautiful results. […]


Is Jogging Bad for Your Breasts?

Breast sagging can be inevitable for some women as their bodies respond to changes brought on by age, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy. For athletic women, however, sagging breasts can develop as a result of improper care. Jogging is one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise and provides many men and women alike with a […]


Insurance and Labiaplasty: What You Need to Know

As more women become interested in labiaplasty to improve the appearance of prominent labia minora (inner vaginal lips), it’s only natural to wonder if the procedure may be covered by your existing health insurance policy. According to your insurance provider, does labiaplasty fall under the category of cosmetic, elective procedure or medical necessity? Beyond Appearances Labiaplasty […]



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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to answer your questions

Please allow us time to respond.

Call us at our current phone line to leave a non-urgent message or via our online email, contact form, virtual consultation or apex chat service popup box. As always for any emergency services, please call 911