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VOLUMA® is an injectable gel that’s approved by the FDA to instantly add diffuse volume to the cheek area. A new dermal filler from the makers of JUVÉDERM®, VOLUMA® replaces the age-related loss of volume that often occurs in the cheeks to enhance facial contours and create a more youthful profile. VOLUMA® joins the host of other dermal fillers Dr. Placik offers to help fight the effects of aging without surgery, stitches or downtime.

Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who uses injectable fillers like VOLUMA® to restore facial volume and firmness that naturally declines with age. Dr. Placik offers a variety of medical spa treatments for patients in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

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



When it comes to aging, wrinkles aren’t the only culprits that contribute to an older appearance. The cheeks naturally lose fullness and firmness and can develop a flattened, saggy or hollow look over time. Just as JUVÉDERM® beautifully fills in folds and lines around the mouth and nose, VOLUMA® effectively restores a fullness and plumpness to the cheeks and creates the high-cheekboned appearance that is synonymous with youth. Fillers such as VOLUMA® and Radiesse® accomplish non-surgical results that are nearly equivalent to cheek augmentation with cheek implants.

VOLUMA® is the first and only hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that has been FDA-approved to replace lost volume in the cheek area, resulting in a visibly lifted appearance. Formulated with a patented process that ensures a smooth consistency, VOLUMA® blends seamlessly with natural tissues and provides volume that looks natural and flawless. VOLUMA® contains hyaluronic acid, which helps promote balanced hydration in the skin.

Patient Not a Model

Before a treatment session, Dr. Placik will evaluate your face to determine if VOLUMA® is right for you and how much product he recommends for the desired result. Dr. Placik may use a topical numbing cream on the injection sites to increase patient comfort, although VOLUMA® contains a small amount of lidocaine to help numb the treatment area. Using a very fine needle and cannula technique, Dr. Placik injects VOLUMA® into three parts of the cheek (the apex, apple and hollow) in order to ensure very natural-looking results.

The entire injection process takes about 15 minutes, and patients can return to their normal activities within 24 hours following treatment. After treatment, you may have some mild to moderate side effects, such as swelling or tenderness, but these generally subside within 2 to 4 weeks. After treatment, most patients say they feel like they appear 5 years younger, and the results can last up to 2 years.


Am I a good candidate for VOLUMA®?

The FDA has approved VOLUMA® for patients over 21 years old, and any patient with age-related volume loss in the cheekbone area may benefit from VOLUMA®. Patients with already firm skin will see the best results, while patients with more pronounced skin sagging should be aware that they may not be able to achieve their goals with VOLUMA®.

What makes VOLUMA® different from other dermal fillers?

VOLUMA® was specifically formulated to address lost volume in the cheeks, which have a larger surface area than other fillers are designed to effectively correct. The smooth, gel-like consistency of VOLUMA® is particularly well-suited to the cheeks because of its ability to blend naturally with the surrounding areas and create subtle fullness that’s durable and long-lasting.

Can VOLUMA® be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures?

For some patients, combining VOLUMA® with other treatments can be a great way to bring their results to a whole new level. For example, restoring fullness to the cheekbones with VOLUMA® while diminishing crow’s feet and forehead furrows with BOTOX® Cosmetic can create a more refreshed, younger-looking appearance than either procedure would alone.

How much does VOLUMA® cost?

How much a treatment session will cost depends on the amount of VOLUMA® each patient needs to address lost cheek volume. Given that the results from VOLUMA® can be enjoyed for up to 2 years, most patients agree the results of VOLUMA® are worth the price. 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?

The most common side effects reported after receiving VOLUMA® include temporary swelling, bruising, discomfort, firmness and itching at the injection site. In rare occurrences, allergic reactions may occur, and patients with a history of reactions to other injectables containing hyaluronic acid shouldn’t be treated with VOLUMA®.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about VOLUMA®, 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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