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Dr. Placik | Laser Skin Resurfacing Chicago

The appearance of your skin can be drastically affected by sun damage, skin disorders, aging and heredity, or a combination of any or all of these factors. For many patients, laser skin resurfacing can be an ideal way to diminish the appearance of imperfections and reveal healthier, younger-looking skin. Dr. Placik currently offers laser treatments at his Chicago Watertower office in conjunction with the True Skin Care Center.

Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who offers laser skin resurfacing to address imperfections and improve the appearance of facial and body skin for men and women in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. In addition to resurfacing via lasers, Dr. Placik also offers a number of other ways to improve the tone and texture of the skin through a variety of medical spa treatments.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago plastic surgery offices for more information on laser skin rejuvenation, 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 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a highly popular rejuvenation procedure among patients who want to improve the appearance of their skin without undergoing surgery. Using advanced laser technology, Dr. Placik can significantly improve or eliminate a multitude of skin issues including uneven skin tone and texture, acne scars and wrinkles. Laser skin resurfacing can also be very effective in reducing blotchiness or uneven pigmentation and can even remove precancerous cells from the skin.

The revolutionary UltraPulse® CO2 Laser improves imperfections and overall skin tone using bursts of focused laser energy that peel away affected cells and create controlled micro-injuries on the skin’s surface. This engages the body’s natural healing response, which ramps up collagen production and rebuilds new skin cells to heal and nurture the treatment area.

After healing, your skin looks firmer, healthier and more radiant with improved tone and texture that’s reminiscent of how your complexion looked when you were younger. This rejuvenation process also results in diminishment or removal of many imperfections such as acne scars or pigmentation issues. The results of laser skin resurfacing can be enhanced with other med spa treatments like BOTOX® or dermal fillers, and the effects may be further extended by adopting a medical grade skin care regimen following your treatment.

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Laser skin rejuvenation is generally performed under local anesthetic and does not require a hospital stay, although more extensive treatments may sometimes necessitate general anesthesia. The procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the size of the treatment area.

After your procedure, the treated area will be bandaged to protect the skin during healing. Dr. Placik will advise you on care instructions during your recovery period such as ointments and bandage replacement. Some swelling, itching or stinging is normal after laser skin rejuvenation, but thanks to the gentler resurfacing process used by the UltraPulse® CO2 Laser, most patients heal completely within 7 to 10 days.

A variety of other technologies are also available to us at our Chicago offices and include: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Erbium Laser (non-fractionated), Pixel Laser (Erbium fractionated), Active FX and Deep FX (CO2 laser), as well as other lasers and radiofrequency and ultrasound treatments to accomplish skin tightening, laser hair removal, correction of vascular lesions (leg vein, spider veins, telangiectasias, rosacea), pigmented lesions or irregular pigmentation, sun damage, fine wrinkles and lines, acne scars, tattoo removal and more.

Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQ

Am I a good candidate?

If you have acne scars, wrinkles or other skin imperfections, you may see very positive results from laser skin rejuvenation. However, patients with dark skin tones may not be good candidates for laser treatments because of the possibility of uneven pigmentation that could result. After a physical exam, Dr. Placik will be able to discuss if you’re a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing and what kind of results you can realistically expect to achieve based on your unique concerns.

I’ve heard I should avoid sun exposure after laser skin resurfacing. Is this true?

The sun’s rays are damaging to the skin and can be particularly detrimental to the skin’s ability to heal after laser skin resurfacing. After a laser treatment, the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen is essential for the skin to be adequately protected during the recovery process. Even with the use of sunscreen, it’s best to avoid sun exposure when at all possible to promote proper healing.

Where can laser skin resurfacing be performed?

The superior results offered by laser skin rejuvenation extend beyond the face and can be achieved on other parts of the body as well. Popular treatment areas include the arms, chest and backs of the hands, all of which often experience an excessive amount of sun damage over the years.

How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?

The cost of laser skin resurfacing will be determined by the areas treated and the equipment used. 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?

Overall, laser skin resurfacing is very safe both in the immediate and long-term. Temporary redness and tenderness in the treatment area is not uncommon but usually subsides within 2 weeks. Other risks include pigmentation changes, scarring and the possibility of infection, although these 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 laser skin resurfacing, please contact us online or call us at 312-787-5313.


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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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