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Dr. Placik |Thigh Lift Chicago

Losing excess pounds and getting down to a healthy weight is a wonderful achievement. Unfortunately, loose, saggy skin and residual fat often remain as an unsightly reminder of your former figure. When your upper legs have folds of skin and tissue that are uncomfortable in addition to embarrassing, a thigh lift can reshape the thighs to improve the appearance of the entire lower body.

Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in thigh lifts for men and women in Chicago and neighboring suburbs who have lost a significant amount of weight, or who notice that the skin and tissue of their inner or outer thighs has grown more lax with age. Dr. Placik also offers a variety of other body contouring procedures that can help improve your post-weight loss figure as well.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on thigh lifts, including prices.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


About Thigh Lifts

Whether you’ve reached your weight loss goals after bariatric surgery or through your own weight loss plan, you should feel proud and confident about your success. However, it can be disheartening when what you hoped would be a noticeably slimmer figure is disguised by heavy folds of skin and tissue. Additionally, chaffing and discomfort can be a problem for many patients with excess thigh skin, which can rub together when walking and limit certain movements and activities. For these patients, a thigh lift can be a great way to bring their body transformation full-circle and finally enjoy the body they worked so hard for.

A thigh lift improves leg contours by tightening and smoothing out the skin on the inner thigh, outer thigh or both. Although many patients’ main motivation for surgery is to improve the cosmetic appearance of the legs, a thigh lift carries the added benefit of removing problems associated with irritation or chaffing when walking, and allows for the ability to wear a wider variety of clothing styles. When a significant amount of weight is lost, extra skin is likely not limited to just the thigh area, so many patients choose to include other post-weight loss procedures such as an arm lift or tummy tuck with their thigh lift.

During the procedure, Dr. Placik makes an incision just below the pubic region to remove extra folds of skin and fat deposits that interfere with the leg having a smooth, toned, natural-looking contour. These and any other necessary incisions are strategically located around the natural folds of the buttocks and hips in order to get the best result and ensure that scars are discreetly placed as possible. For more extensive degrees of weight loss a vertical scar down the inner aspects of the thigh may be necessary. While all attempts will be made to minimize scars, patients should be prepared to accept a visible scar.

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A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia, and you may need to spend a night or two in the hospital, depending on the complexity of your procedure. After surgery, you’ll experience some degree of pain and soreness that should be able to be managed with prescription medication. There will be swelling and bruising, which will slowly dissipate within a month after your procedure. Although Dr. Placik will advise you on specific post-operative care instructions before your procedure, you should plan on avoiding strenuous physical activity for at least 4 to 6 weeks post-op.

Thigh Lift FAQ

Am I a good candidate?

The best candidates for a thigh lift don’t smoke, are in good health overall and are at or near their target weight. In order for thigh lift results to last, patients should be dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and ongoing weight management. Patients should also have realistic expectations before having a thigh lift and understand what the procedure can and can’t do.

Will I have visible scars?

With any surgery, scarring is inevitable. However, Dr. Placik purposely positions incisions in areas where scarring will be the least noticeable. However, scars from a thigh lift may drift and may not be hidden by swimwear and underwear, but their appearance will continue to fade and improve in the months following surgery.

Can liposuction be included with my thigh lift?

For the right patient, liposuction can be a great way to enhance the results of a thigh lift. Liposuction gives Dr. Placik the ability to sculpt and shape the thigh and surrounding areas to create a smoother transition and enhance the newly toned and contoured leg shape.

How much does a thigh lift cost?

The cost of a thigh lift will depend on the complexity of your particular procedure and whether or not you elect to include other body contouring as part of your surgery. The total expenses will cover the costs associated with Dr. Placik’s surgical fee, the anesthesiologist and the use of the surgical center. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide value to each patient for their services and can advise you on flexible cosmetic surgery financing options to make your thigh lift affordable.

What are the risks?

Major complications with a thigh lift are rare, but include the possibility of excessive swelling that takes longer than normal to subside. Asymmetry between the two legs is another potential risk, as well as the side effects that associated with any surgery such as negative reaction to anesthesia, infection or blood clots. However, most men and women feel that the positive outcome far outweighs the minor risks of complications associated with a thigh lift.

Major complications with a thigh lift are rare, but include the possibility of excessive swelling that takes longer than normal to subside. Asymmetry between the two legs is another potential risk, as well as the side effects that associated with any surgery such as negative reaction to anesthesia, infection or blood clots. However, most men and women feel that the positive outcome far outweighs the minor risks of complications associated with a thigh lift.


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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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