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Breast Augmentation FAQ FAQ

What sets Dr. Placik apart from other breast surgeons in Chicago?

Dr. Placik brings a unique combination of skill and passion for his work to his practice. In some cases, the most highly trained and qualified physicians can come across as aloof or unsympathetic. The discomfort a patient can feel in the presence of such a doctor can make any sort of discussion about health more stressful, but it is especially unwelcome if the subject is one’s physical appearance.

There is no doubt that Dr. Placik is among the most skilled members of his profession. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has received numerous awards from professional associations. He teaches plastic surgery at Northwestern University. At Chicago’s St. Joseph Hospital, he completed a fellowship focused on the treatment of severe facial deformities and he has used these skills to treat children at Chicago’s Shriners Hospital.

This skill is matched by an equal measure of compassion. Dr. Placik and his staff make it a point to listen to patients and to treat them as individuals. It is not surprising that he was named of Illinois’ favorite physicians for five consecutive years.

Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

If you are in good general health and have a generally positive attitude about life, you are an excellent candidate for breast augmentation. If you want additional assurance, it is a good idea to educate yourself regarding the procedures that are available. This will help you develop a good understanding of what they offer and the results you can expect from the procedure you are considering.

You can gain such insight from our website (and elsewhere on the internet), but we recommend that you make an appointment and meet with the doctor. It’s best to be able to make your decision based on an expert consultation that takes into account where you are starting from as well as your personal goals for the final outcome from your surgery.

Is breast augmentation painful?

There is no single answer to this question. If you think about the people you have known in your life, you can probably recall some who seemed immune to pain and some who were unable to tolerate any amount of pain at all.

How you feel after your surgery can be influenced by the nature of the procedure you choose, the extent of the augmentation or other factors. In general, it would not be expected that you would experience significant pain. If you have had general anesthesia in the past, you may be familiar with its after effects. If you rest after your procedure and follow the guidelines the doctor gives you regarding physical exercise and exertion, you should be able to make it through the recovery period without severe discomfort.

What incisions does Dr. Placik use?

Dr. Placik is a proficient and experienced surgeon. He is able to use whatever approach is most appropriate for your exact procedure and your aesthetic wishes. The final choice will be made in consultation with the doctor. For example:

  • Around or near the areola – For patients receiving a breast lift or correcting breast asymmetry, this may be the incision site.
  • Breast crease – For women who would like an approach most focused on lactation and nursing.
  • Armpit – May be recommended if you have a small areola, or no breast crease, and are hoping to moderately increase your breast size.

Note: if your breasts are being augmented by fat transfer, you may require minimal or no incisions.

What results can I expect from breast augmentation?

Each body is unique, and the “natural” appearance of breasts varies greatly. After examining you and consulting you regarding what envision as your ideal breast shape and size, Dr. Placik will be able to explain the options that are available to you. He can also discuss whether other procedures, such as a breast lift, might be advised to achieve the result you desire.

At this point, you will have a good understanding of what breast augmentation has to offer you as a specific individual. This is a well-established form of aesthetic surgery, and you should expect that you will be able to achieve the goals that you have set with the doctor.

It is also common for patients to experience renewed self-confidence and enjoyment of life as a result of addressing a body issue that has long been a source of aggravation.

How long will it take for me to recover?

Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis. You will be able to go home on the same day that you receive your surgery. You should be able to return to work within a week, and return to your customary level of physical activity within a few weeks. You can help speed this process by ensuring that you take care of yourself along the way, resting as needed, eating well and following the doctor’s recommendations regarding strenuous physical activity.

How long do breast implants last?

As is the case with other medical matters, any answer to this question can only be based on what has been generally observed among women who have had these procedures. According to the FDA, one in five women will need to replace breast their implants within ten years. This can be a reflection of natural changes in your body; for example, as you age the skin around your implant could become lax and lose elasticity.

Adhering to the doctor’s advised schedule of follow-up visits is a good way to stay on top of possible issues in the long term, and to help you achieve the understanding and prediction that you desire.

Will I be able to breastfeed after augmentation surgery?

It is by no means a certainty that breast augmentation will cause a woman to be unable to breastfeed, but this is another question that can be best answered through consultation with the doctor. Even in the absence of any cosmetic interventions, not all women are able to produce the same quantities of breastmilk. The possibility that you will experience difficulty breastfeeding is also affected by your cosmetic goals and the specific procedure that will be needed to achieve them.


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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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