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As part of the natural aging process, the support structures of the skin that provides youthful firmness and fullness begin to slowly break down. A decline in collagen levels is primarily to blame for these changes, which manifest on the facial skin as a loss of plumpness and volume and the development of noticeable lines and wrinkles due to loss of elasticity and resulting sagging of facial structures and fat contributing to the development of eyelid bags, jowls, marionette lines and thin lips. Injectable fillers like Restylane® can help slow and reverse these changes without the need for surgery.

Please contact us online or call our plastic surgery offices for more information on Restylane® in Chicago or Arlington Heights, 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 Restylane®

Restylane® battles facial aging in two key ways. On an immediate level, Restylane® fills in lines and wrinkles to minimize their appearance and replaces volume in areas that have lost fullness. However, Restylane® goes a step further to slow the aging process on a molecular level by changing the behavior of the skin. Hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural occurring sugar in the body, is a key ingredient in Restylane®, and is one of the reasons this filler delivers such beautiful results.

Hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain moisture that’s essential for looking healthy and vibrant. Since HA levels naturally decrease with age, restoring HA with Restylane® enhances your skin’s own ability to fight the aging process. Additionally, an increase of HA levels can be a catalyst for the production of more collagen in the skin. As collagen levels rise, the integrity and strength of the skin’s underlying support system is reinforced, giving skin a firmer, more youthful appearance. This leads to longer-lasting results compared to similar fillers by actually rebuilding the skin’s cellular structure.

During a treatment session with Restylane in Chicago, Dr. Placik uses a special cannula technique to inject the product into the treatment area, most commonly the marionette lines, nasolabial folds, lipstick lines, corners of the mouth or to augment the lips. Restylane® can also be used to simulate the appearance of cheek implants, or and chin implant and can be administered to create the effects known as a nonsurgical nosejob, nonsurgical face lift or nonsurgical eye lift.

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What is the cannula method?

The cannula method is a unique approach to delivering the product without the trauma caused by sharp needles. Bruising tends to be significantly less than product administered with needles while minimizing the tendency for intravascular injection or complications. For patients concerned about dynamic wrinkles in the upper face, like crow’s feet or laugh lines, Dr. Placik may suggest including BOTOX® Cosmetic injections as well.

What can I expect after my Restylane treatment?

After a treatment session, some patients experience swelling, redness, bruising and discomfort. These are typically mild and normally resolve within a week after treatment, although patients receiving lip enhancement sometimes report that the swelling and tenderness can last up to 2 weeks. Dr. Placik may recommend a cold compress to increase comfort and control swelling. Patients should avoid touching the treated area for the first 6 hours after their appointment, and should stop taking aspirin, Excedrin, Aleve or any form of ibuprofen at least 10 days before the procedure to decrease the likelihood of bruising.

Restylane FAQ

Am I a good candidate for Restylane?

Any patients troubled by lines and wrinkles around the mouth and nose may be good candidates for Restylane®, particularly if they hope to improve their appearance without cosmetic surgery. Men or women with a history of severe allergic reactions or those who are sensitive to any of the ingredients in Restylane® should not use it. Because the effects of Restylane® on pregnant or nursing women are not fully known, anyone who is currently breastfeeding or pregnant, or plans to be in the near future, isn’t advised to use Restylane®. The FDA has only approved Restylane® for lip enhancement in patients 21 years and older.

What do I need to know before my appointment?

Many patients are able to put their makeup on immediately after treatment and go about their normal routine, although a small amount of puffiness or swelling is common for the first few days. Patients can significantly lower their chances for bruising if they stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, Excedrin or Aleve in the weeks leading up to their procedure.

Will I need follow-up treatments or will one treatment session be enough?

The results from one Chicago Restylane treatment session generally last 4 to 6 months although they are FDA approved for one year, so Dr. Placik usually suggests scheduling between 1 to 3 follow-up treatments per year depending on your body’s chemistry and the area injected to maintain your results.

How much does Restylane® cost?

Each treatment session is different and each patient has different needs and goals. For this reason, the cost of Restylane® will vary from patient to patient and will ultimately depend on how many syringes of Restylane® Dr. Placik uses to adequately improve your areas of concern. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with financing to make your treatment even more affordable.

What are the risks of Restylane injections?

The common side effects from Restylane® include redness, soreness, swelling, bruising and itching. For most patients, these side effects are mild to moderate and subside within the first few days following the procedure. As with all injectables, there is a potential for infection at the injection site, although this is rare.


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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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