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For particular problem spots or concerns that may not be effectively improved with a more general approach, there are targeted surgeries and treatments that can help. From cheek enhancement to lip augmentation or even nonsurgically improving the shape of your newborn baby’s ears, a number of cosmetic facial surgery options are available to meet your unique needs:

  • Chin/Cheek Surgery
  • Lip Augmentation
  • Lip Lift
  • EarWell™

Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who has helped thousands of men and women feel confident about their appearance. Dr. Placik offers a full range of facial plastic surgery procedures and nonsurgical med spa treatments for patients in Chicago and throughout the surrounding suburbs.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on cosmetic facial surgery, 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 Cosmetic Facial Surgery

While you may be bothered by one particular aspect of your appearance, it’s important to understand that the way you look is determined not just by that one factor but instead is a reflection of how all your facial features appear in relation to each other. For this reason, Dr. Placik takes a customized approach toward facial surgery to ensure that each individual procedure or treatment will help bring out the best in your entire face.

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Chin/Cheek Surgery

Surgery of the cheek, jaw or chin can be performed to create a more balanced harmony among facial features and reduce some of the signs of aging through the jowls or mid face, or a combination of both.

Chin Augmentation –Implant

  • Cheek implants help add improved definition to the facial structure, and can also be used to correct asymmetry resulting from trauma, injury or genetic predisposition. In some cases, reshaping the facial bones may be included as well. Cheek enhancement is often incorporated with a face lift to help improve the signs of aging through the mid face. Non-surgical cheek enhancement, also referred to as non-surgical cheek augmentation, is commonly performed with the use of fillers such as Radiesse®, Perlane®, Voluma®, JUVEDERM®, Sculptra®, and other products. One popular alternative to fillers is the injection of one’s own fat. Due to the surgical aspects of this more invasive approach, it is more commonly performed at the time of face lift and is not typically a standalone procedure.
  • Chin or jaw surgery can help resolve a number of concerns, from correcting a recessed chin to minimizing the appearance of a long or asymmetrical chin. Dr. Placik will particularly examine the dimensions of your chin in relation to your nose in order to determine whether chin augmentation or reduction may enhance the results of nose surgery.

Lip Augmentation

Dr. Placik can enhance the lips through the use of implants, injectable fillers, fat transfer or lip lift incisions. Lip surgery can also be performed to reduce and reshape lips that are too prominent in relation to other facial features. Candidates for lip enhancement are carefully screened by Dr. Placik to ensure that their existing anatomy is conducive to the most natural-looking lip augmentation results. Dr. Placik also takes care to only perform lip augmentation that uses a reasonable, believable implant size or filler amount for the most flattering outcome. In many instances, a bull’s horn lip lift or a corner lip lift may be a more desirable solution.

Lip Lift

Different than lip augmentation, a lip lift is designed to increase the prominence of the vermilion border (the line between the red part of the lip and the normal skin color). The end result is a lifted, more prominent lip line. Several techniques may be used to achieve the desired appearance. In most approaches, a portion of the skin that borders onto the vermilion of the lips is removed to increase the amount of lip tissue visibly showing and subtly alter the shape of the lips. The peaks of the lips below the nose (known as the Cupid’s Bow), corners of the mouth, and lower lip all can be enhanced with this surgical technique.


Ear deformity in newborns is incredibly common, affecting up to 35 percent of all babies. Previously, the only solution was to hope that the issue would resolve itself with time. Since this happens in only a minority of cases, most infants must then wait for years until they are old enough to undergo cosmetic ear surgery.

EarWell™ offers a completely nonsurgical solution that can be used on infants to correct the aesthetic appearance of the ear without pain, anesthesia or scars. Unlike traditional otoplasty (ear pinning), which takes place around age 4 or 5 at the earliest, children will have no memory or trauma associated with treatment with EarWell™.

The EarWell™ process is simpler for doctor and patient alike, consisting of a physical device that’s expertly placed in such a way that the external cartilage bends into a predictable aesthetic shape while ensuring the correct development of the inner folds as well. EarWell™ offers ear correction in the shortest period of time, molding the impressionable cartilage to remove existing deformity safely and naturally.

Facial Surgery FAQ

Am I a candidate?

During your consultation, Dr. Placik will discuss your goals with you and give you a physical exam in order to determine which facial cosmetic surgery procedure will give you the best results.

Can I combine facial plastic surgery procedures?

It’s very common to combine different procedures and treatments for the best possible outcome. Dr. Placik works with each patient on an individual basis to determine his or her goals for treatment and develop a customized approach that will help meet those goals. For example, one patient may combine a more conservative rhinoplasty (“nose job”) with chin augmentation, while another patient may benefit from injectable fillers to reduce laugh lines at the same time as a lip augmentation appointment.

How much does cosmetic facial surgery cost?

Each procedure has a range of prices depending on the level of correction required, the extent of the surgery or treatment, whether implants are needed and if your insurance company deems the procedure to be medically necessary. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.

What can I expect during surgery and recovery?

Nearly all facial surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures, so you can expect to go home the same day as your surgery. The specific surgical steps and recovery instructions will vary from procedure to procedure, but Dr. Placik and his staff will be sure to give you a detailed explanation of what to expect.

What are the risks?

Any surgery, no matter how minor, does carry some level of risk, even if they are typically mild. The most common side effects of facial surgery include reaction to anesthesia, bleeding or infection. More serious concerns may involve changes in sensation, nerve damage or unfavorable results, but these side effects are rare.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about cosmetic facial surgery, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.


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