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What is rhinoplasty?

Your nose is a defining feature of your face. Cosmetic nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty or more informally as a ‘nose job,’ can help you refine the appearance of your nose for a better fit with your face. This procedure can reduce a hump on the bridge of the nose, refine the tip, straighten a crooked nose, and achieve other aesthetic improvements.

Dr. Otto Placik is a rhinoplasty specialist and board-certified plastic surgeon. In addition to cosmetic nose surgery, he also performs reconstructive rhinoplasty to correct birth defects, repair injuries to the nose, and improve breathing/airflow. The best rhinoplasty surgeons are skilled in improving or repairing a wide range of issues with the nose and achieving their patients’ expectations. For more subtle changes or a temporary correction of a minor bump or irregularity, Dr. Placik can perform a nonsurgical rhinoplasty using injectable fillers.

Rhinoplasty in Chicago

Rhinoplasty Surgery

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on one of the best surgical rhinoplasty Chicago has to offer.

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.


Before & After

About Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic nose surgery can achieve dramatic results for men and women who have noticeable bumps, asymmetry or other issues with their noses. It can also offer more subtle results for people who just want to correct a slight bump or indentation. The degree of improvement depends upon your existing anatomy and what you want to achieve.

Dr. Placik is careful to assess the appearance of your nose in relation to your other facial features. After surgery, it is important for your nose to be in harmony with your overall profile, and Dr. Placik may recommend other facial cosmetic procedures such as chin augmentation to create the optimal proportions.

How will my rhinoplasty be performed?

His Chicago rhinoplasty can be performed in an outpatient surgery setting or in a hospital, depending on your preferences. During surgery, you will be under general anesthesia so you will sleep comfortably throughout the procedure. To perform cosmetic nose surgery, Dr. Placik makes incisions inside the nose and then revises the shape of the cartilage and bone. He may also use an “open” technique, which allows a direct view of and access to these structures.

What can I expect after my rhinoplasty?

Within 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, you should begin to see early results, as bruising and swelling subside. The nose will continue to subtly change shape and contour for up to a year after your surgery. It is common for relatives or friends to report that they don’t see a major difference after surgery. Do not consider such reactions to be an indication that your procedure wasn’t a success. The intention, after all, is not to create a nose that draws undue attention, but rather one that blends in a natural way with the overall appearance of your face.

Rhinoplasty Chicago

Patient Not a Model

Rhinoplasty FAQ

Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

Dr. Placik performs rhinoplasty for anyone who is unhappy with or seeks to improve the shape of his or her nose. Typically, our Chicago rhinoplasty patients feel that their noses are too large or too long, overly wide in places, crooked or off-center, and have unwanted bumps or ridges. The best candidates are fully grown (after the mid-teenage years when the nose has finished growing) and accept that improving their physical appearance does not mean achieving complete perfection.

How much does a rhinoplasty cost?

The price of a rhinoplasty depends on many factors, including what type of change you want to make to your nose. In addition to Dr. Placik’s surgical fee, there are fees paid to the operating facility and to the anesthesiologist. We will review costs with you in detail during your consultation once we have discussed your needs. 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 happens during the consultation?

First, Dr. Placik will evaluate your nose and talk with you about what you would like to improve. You will work together to ensure that your reshaped nose has proper function, fits with your bone structure and with the rest of your face, and aligns with how you want to look.

What can I expect during the procedure?

Before your Chicago nose job, you will be sedated using general anesthesia. To begin the surgery, Dr. Placik makes small incisions in and around the nose before lifting the skin on the bridge of the nose. Dr. Placik will then sculpt the cartilage to achieve your desired shape you, ensuring that the nasal passages remain intact and that the nose functions as well as (or better than) it did before surgery.

What about recovery?

Rhinoplasty is a major surgery and you should be prepared for several days of downtime. You will be asked to keep your head elevated and apply cold compresses to your eyes to reduce postoperative bruising and swelling. Black eyes, a sore nose, and a swollen face are common for the first few days after surgery. Bruising around the eyes typically lasts 4 to 5 days, and swelling should gradually diminish over a few weeks. You may need to wear a splint over your nose for a few days to ensure that your nose retains its new shape. You will be scheduled to return to the office a few days after your procedure to check on your recovery and remove stitches. Generally, our patients are ready to return to work or school within 4 to 5 days after surgery.

What are the risks?

During your first visit to our Chicago or Arlington Heights office, Dr. Placik will go over a complete list of side effects and possible complications that may occur following rhinoplasty surgery. While complications are rare, they may include a reaction to the anesthesia, infection or bleeding at the incision sites, scarring, and tissue damage. In cases where a complication occurs or where further cosmetic work is needed, a revision rhinoplasty procedure can be performed.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private Chicago nose job consultation, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.

Dr. Otto Placik performing a Rhinoplasty Surgery

This is a closed rhinoplasty recorded via Snapchat.


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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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