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Dr. Placik |Kybella

Weight fluctuations, hormonal changes, and the process of aging, as the facial muscles become slacker, can result in a double chin. The fat deposits around and under the chin detracts from the youthful contours of the jawline. Some people are genetically predisposed to fat deposits under the chin. No matter the cause, a sagging extra layer of fat that gives the impression of a second chin can add years to a person’s appearance and detract from the aesthetics of the face.

At Body Sculptor, Dr. Otto Placik performs Kybella treatments to reduce fullness under the chin and create a more pleasing and youthful facial profile. Dr. Placik is a board-certified plastic surgeon, dedicated to delivering outstanding results. He has extensive experience is facial cosmetic procedures and listens carefully to his patients’ treatment goals and concern.

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.


What is Kybella

Kybella is an FDA approved, injectable treatment designed to destroy fat cells under the chin. Its active ingredient is identical to a substance produced by the body, deoxycholic acid, which aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fats. When injected under the chin, Kybella works by destroying fat cells, reducing fullness and the appearance of a double-chin. After the fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer accumulate or store fat. When the course of treatment is completed, no touch-up treatments will be needed in the future.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Kybella?

If you are a man or woman in good general with excess fat under the chin, you may be a candidate for Kybella treatment. This procedure is generally recommended for people with moderate to severe fullness of the submental region (under the chin) who have retained some thickness and elasticity to the skin.

Fullness under the chin does not only affect people who are overweight or out of shape. Many individuals who are diligent about exercising and eating right still struggle with excess fat under the chin. A double chin is frustrating as it typically makes the individual appear heavier and older than he or she actually is. For many patients, Kybella injections can resolve this problem when it fails to respond to diet and exercise.

The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for Kybella is to schedule a consultation with a doctor who is trained in delivering this treatment. After careful evaluation and one-on-one discussion of your treatment goals, Dr. Placik can tell you if Kybella is the appropriate treatment option for you.

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Has Kybella Been Proven Safe and Effective?

Kybella is a fairly new procedure, approved by the FDA for treatment of adults with moderate to severe fat below the chin in April of 2015. In its press release announcing approval, the FDA stated that Kybella’s safety and effectiveness for treating submental fat (double chin) were established in two clinical trials involving 1,022 adult participants. In these clinical trials, participants received up to six treatments with either Kybella or a placebo. A reduction in submental fat was observed in the participants who received Kybella treatments.

Kybella has been the focus of 20 clinical studies in a global clinical development program. More than 1,600 people participating in these studies received Kybella treatment.

Kybella Procedure

Treatment with Kybella varies, depending on the patient’s goals and the amount and distribution of fat that is stored under the chin. Patients may need 2, 3, or up to 6 treatment sessions, spaced approximately one month apart. In each session, the patient is given multiple small injections of Kybella under the chin, after the area has been numbed with local anesthetic. Each treatment session takes approximately 15 minutes. Many patients see results, with a double chin reducing in size, in just 2 to 4 treatments.

Kybella Recovery

Kybella side effects and recovery are minimal. The most common side effects are redness, bruising, swelling, numbness, and areas of hardness at the treatment sites. These symptoms usually resolve within a few days after the procedure. Many patients are able to return to work immediately after treatment.

The Benefits of Kybella

The most obvious benefit of treatment with Kybella is that it breaks down fat under the chin, using a substance that is also produced naturally by the body, destroying fat cells so they are no longer able to store or accumulate fat. Once the series of treatments is complete, patients can expect long-lasting results, even if they gain weight in the future. This advanced cosmetic treatment for a double chin offers patients impressive benefits, including:

  • Non-invasive
  • No anesthetic needed for treatment
  • Minimal bruising or other side effects
  • Destroys fat cells
  • No downtime, no restrictions
  • No compression garment needed after treatment

This advanced treatment is an excellent solution for men and women with stubborn fat deposits below the chin that refuse to respond to diet and exercise. For many patients, it is a great alternative to more invasive procedures, such as liposuction, for reducing a double chin. Kybella is a non-surgical procedure with less downtime than liposuction or surgery.

Dr. Otto Placik at Body Sculptor has been specially trained to deliver Kybella treatments to women and men with an unsightly double chin to help create a more youthful and pleasing facial profile and appearance. Find out if you are a candidate for Kybella by meeting personally with Dr. Placik.



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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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