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LaceLift™ was developed by Otto J. Placik M.D., a board certified Plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Academy of Facial Plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Contact our offices to learn more about this evolving and innovative procedure exclusively offered at the offices of Otto J. Placik MD.

What is it?

The LaceLift™ is a new, quick and minimally invasive, non-surgical filling and tightening procedure carried out entirely under local anesthesia, using supplies cleared by the FDA. Downtime is minimal with only slight activity restrictions. Results are accomplished with specialized absorbable filaments that come in a variety of different shapes (straight, spiral or barbed), sizes, and lengths. They are composed of polydioxanone (or PDO), an absorbable material, commonly used in surgical sutures. Dr. Placik is among the first plastic surgeons to be trained in this technology and introduce this to the Chicago area. Their unique design avoids the need for incisions and scars. They are purposely interleaved and woven in a lace-like pattern to create a lattice for loose wrinkled skin and achieve subtle fullness or utilized to engage and lift sagging tissues. While the filaments are completely metabolized within 4-6 months, they stimulate collagen formation with results that can last from 6-18 months. This is the ultimate lunchtime lift and is a wonderful addition to botulinum toxin.

Where are they used?

Loose, sagging, wrinkled, volume depleted skin.

The best results are seen around the neck and jawline but the technique can achieve gentle lifting of the forehead and cheeks as well as filling of facial fine lines and creases. The filaments have a broad range of calibers and thicknesses permitting one to treat delicate facial zones while new approaches are being developed for more progressive treatment of the body: arms, breast, abdomen, buttocks, knees and thighs.


Whenever mild lines are wrinkles appear in and around the face. This is excellent and indicated for early skin laxity of the face, neck and body. It is best used in areas without preexisting scars and with moderate skin thickness.

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.




This is ideal for those individuals, with mild to moderate laxity, who are not ready or can’t set aside time for the recovery of a surgical procedure. It requires minimal downtime and aftercare is practically zero other than avoiding excessive manipulation of the treatment area for 7-10 days. It achieves correction of the lower face and neck which cannot be typically addressed with fillers, botulinum toxin and other non-surgical treatments. The variety of filaments permits the treating physician to target and isolate problem areas. This is performed in one sitting with instant results and can actually lift and reposition the sagging skin whereas other interventions may accomplish only tightening over a period of months and often require multiple sessions.

How is it done?

This is considered an office procedure. Following a small local injection, to make the procedure nearly painless, the filaments are placed using a cannula (fine metal tube) that can be inserted via a pinhole created with a hypodermic needle. The spiral or straight filaments can be strategically arranged in a lace-like pattern to provide filling and support whereas the barbed versions are placed to achieve an instant and desired pulling, lifting and repositioning of the skin. Depending on the condition addressed, specialized absorbable filament sutures.

These filaments are available in different lengths with straight, coiled and barbed structures.

Patient Not a Model

This shows Dr Placik performing the LaceLift ™, a non surgical face and neck lift technique utilizing specialized absorbable filaments threaded under the skin.


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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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