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ThermiVa is a state-of-the-art innovation that treats and restores vaginal tissue. It is non-invasive, and uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue and tighten it. It stimulates the body’s own collagen production, and is an effective treatment for several vaginal problems, including:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Discomfort during intercourse
  • Mild urinary incontinence
  • Laxity in vaginal tissue
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.



Whether due to childbirth or aging, vaginal dryness is a problem for many women. The vagina area can become lax, causing reduced sensation, lack of libido, and less enjoyment in sexual intercourse. Some women have urinary stress incontinence, which is both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Our Chicago ThermiVa treatment has proven to be very effective in treating all of these conditions, for both young and older women.


Dr. Placik is known for being at the forefront of surgical and non-surgical female genital rejuvenation, and uses the ThermiVa treatment for many of his patients, with outstanding results. Our patients report that they feel younger, and like a “new woman” after the treatment, and experience a higher level of satisfaction — often better than at any time of their lives.


The process involves using radiotherapy to stimulate the body to produce collagen in the vaginal area. It is capable of shrinking stretched tissues of the outer labia, and tightening the vagina. The device works to direct heat to tissues that have stretched, become dry, or lax. The heat is carefully directed to the area being treated with a small, slim device, and does not require anesthetic. There is no pain involved in the process, and it takes only about 30 minutes to perform. The specially-designed probe is put into the patient’s vagina so that the heat is directed to the entire area, stimulating the glands that produce lubrication. The treatment creates results that continue to improve over the days and weeks. It may require several treatments to achieve the desired results, but typically our patients report that the results are rapid, and impressive. You can return to your normal activities after treatment, including intercourse.

Patient Not a Model


This out-patient, painless procedure has no downtime, and rejuvenates the vaginal area, interior and exterior, to tighten, restore, and resolve the problems of vaginal laxity or dryness, as well as bringing patients much higher levels of sexual satisfaction according to patient reports. Take advantage of this innovative treatment and regain what you lost through aging or childbirth.


The benefits of ThermiVA in Chicago can bring new hope to women who suffer from various problems:

  • Tightens Labia: Reduces sagging, gives softer, smoother skin, and more comfort in tight clothing.
  • Vaginal Tightening: Tightens the vagina to a degree that is noticed by both patient and partner, for better sexual satisfaction.
  • Improves Dryness: Increases moisture production and vaginal comfort, as well as reducing irritation without the need to take hormones.
  • Improves Urinary Incontinence: Reduces leakage accidents associated with exercise or other activities, as well as the feeling of urgency, without drugs.
  • Improves Sexual Sensation: Increases sensitivity in the area, creating more enjoyment, more intense orgasmic muscular response, as well as shorter time to reach orgasm, Many patients report experiencing multiple orgasms for the first time.

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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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