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Dr. Placik | Lip Lift Chicago

Balanced features are a significant aspect of facial beauty, with the lips being one of the most important features. The length of the upper lip can bring a more aesthetic appearance to the face. If you have lips that are too thin, or a longer distance between the bottom of your nose and your upper lip, modern surgical techniques can be employed and create a more attractive look. Aging or genetics play a role in the appearance of the lips, as well as volume. Rejuvenating your face can be achieved with lip lift surgery performed by Dr. Otto Placik at his Chicago clinic.


You may be a good candidate for this surgery if you are unhappy with the look of your lips, and cosmetics cannot create the appearance you want. Lip lift surgery should leave you with more attractive, full lips, and a more balanced, harmonious placement on your face. Dr. Placik uses the most modern, advanced surgical techniques in cosmetic surgery, including a range of procedures for enhancing the appearance of the lips.

The surgery is appropriate for both men and women, and can be a significant enhancement for both younger and older patients. For younger patients, the procedure can create a more beautiful appearance without the need for fillers. The procedure moves the position of the upper lip, creating a more defined appearance. Older patients are often unhappy with the loss of lip volume, and how the lips have lengthened. A lip lift, in these cases, will restore a more youthful, sensual lip shape and appearance.

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.



A lip lift is a very subtle change – but the results are often dramatic in overall facial balance and harmony. The procedure is capable of the following:

  • Shortening the distance between the nose and mouth for a more sensual pout.
  • Increasing teeth show.
  • Providing a more sensual appearance to the mouth and lips.
  • Enhancing facial balance by shortening the appearance of the lower mid-face.
  • Creating a “cupid’s bow.”
  • Increasing lip volume.
  • Decreasing the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles.
  • Creating a more youthful appearance to the lower face.
  • Reducing the need for cosmetic fillers.
Patient Not a Model


Every person has a unique face and lips, and the procedure used to create a more youthful and sensual mouth will be selected based upon the person. There is never a cookie-cutter treatment plan for facial enhancement surgery when Dr. Placik is your surgeon. The surgery will be planned to meet your specific desires for your appearance, and selecting the procedure that will best bring the result you envision.


Upper Lip Lift: This surgery shortens the upper lip to uncover upper teeth, and increasing the appearance of the red portion of the upper lip. Although the procedure does not augment the lip volume, the elevation of the lip makes it appear larger. The incision is made at the base of the nose, where it is hidden. This procedure is an appropriate surgery for the following situations:

  • Teeth don’t show when smiling.
  • A longer space between nose and upper lip.
  • Thin, flat appearing lips.
  • Lip fillers are not effective, as there is not enough room in the lip for vertical expansion.

Corner Lip Lift: This procedure is performed on the edges of the mouth, and could be appropriate if you feel your face gives you a permanent frown, either through aging or genetics.

  • When your face is at rest, you have a frown.
  • Corners of mouth are turned down.

Some patients may need both procedures for the most attractive, youthful, and balanced appearance.

Call now for a consultation about a lip lift. You can connect with our friendly team online, or reach out to us by phone by calling 847-398-1660.


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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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