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Dr. Placik | Genital Piercing Repair Chicago

Genital piercing, most commonly placed in the inner or outer labia or the clitoral hood, can sometimes tear due to childbirth or other physical trauma. This can cause chronic pain or sensitivity or tenderness. Alternatively, women may change their minds about having a piercing and choose to have the hole surgically repaired or closed. In either case, piercing repair can minimize scarring and restore the piercing site for a more aesthetic appearance.

Dr. Otto Placik is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Chicago and its suburbs who specializes in all types of female genital rejuvenation, including piercing repairs. Dr. Placik has the surgical skill necessary to repair piercing damage in the delicate vaginal tissues so you can feel whole and confident again.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on genital piercing repair, 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 Genital Piercing Repair

In terms of piercing, the tissue of the labia and clitoral hood can be likened to the ear lobe, although slightly more delicate. There are a number of reasons why a piercing may split the tissue or piercing holes may become widened. Most often, this occurs due to trauma such as injury, childbirth, or having jewelry catch during intercourse or sexual play. In other cases, the ring or barbell can be inadvertently pulled through the piercing hole, or the weight of the jewelry can expand the hole over time. A tear can alter the appearance of the labial edge or clitoral hood leaving a cleft or split like appearance which women find unacceptable or painful.

For women who change their mind about a piercing performed earlier in life, the healing may have advanced enough that the hole won’t close up on its own even after jewelry is removed. Surgical intervention can correct fully healed, intact piercings that are no longer wanted as well as tearing that’s resulted from a damaged piercing.

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During genital piercing repair, Dr. Placik can restore a torn labia or clitoral hood by resecting and suturing the edges of the tear. Depending on the placement of the original piercing and the extent of the tear, piercing repair may be performed as part of a labiaplasty or clitoral hood reduction.

Typically, Dr. Placik can repair a torn genital piercing using a local anesthetic plus oral sedation if necessary, and the appointment is normally performed as an outpatient procedure. Although the piercing repair itself is a relatively quick surgery, Dr. Placik may recommend additional procedures in order to ensure symmetry that could extend your appointment time.

Gential Piercing Repair FAQ

Am I a candidate?

Women who experience a torn labia or clitoral hood from a genital piercing or who decide that a piercing is no longer wanted can be good candidates for genital piercing repair. Dr. Placik can also repair labia after natural tearing that may occur during childbirth or intercourse.

What should I expect at my consultation?

At your first appointment with Dr. Placik at our office in Chicago or Arlington Heights, Dr. Placik will ask you about your concerns as well as your hopes for surgery. A physical exam may be required to determine the extent of the damage and to evaluate the best approach to use during repair.

How much does genital piercing repair cost?

The cost for genital piercing repair will vary somewhat depending on the extent of correction required and whether additional procedures are included at the same time. In addition to Dr. Placik’s surgical fee, your total costs will include the anesthesiologist’s fee and the charge for the surgical facility. 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?

Genital piercing repair is a fairly straightforward procedure that can be performed in about an hour, although the exact length of time depends on many different factors. You may feel sore and swollen initially after surgery, and will have to take care to keep the incisions clean and cared for. Discomfort can usually be alleviated through the use of cold packs and over-the-counter medication, although Dr. Placik may write you a prescription for pain medication as well. In most cases, surgery in the vaginal area tends to heal quickly, so you can expect to get back to your normal daily routine within a week or so and resume sexual activity after about 6 weeks. Dr. Placik will give you more detailed information about your surgery and recovery at your consultation.

What about scarring?

Although repairing a torn genital piercing can deliver very positive results, it’s important to remember that the goal is improvement rather than perfection. Dr. Placik will make every effort to correct existing scarring and ensure that any necessary incisions are placed as skillfully as possible. For most women, the trade-off of potential small scars after surgery is worth undergoing the tissue repair.

What are the risks?

Like any surgery, there are some potential risks involved with genital piercing repair such as infection, bleeding or scarring. If a former piercing resulted in problems like keloid scarring, there is a possibility of recurrence. In some cases, pigmentation and sensation changes may develop after surgery, but this is considered rare.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about repairing genital piercing, please contact us online or call us at 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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