Alexandrina Saulis, MD, FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Hinsdale, IL
Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, S.C.
120 E. Ogden Avenue Suite #204
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 920-9404
By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
October 25, 2018
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: abdominoplasty   tummy tuck  

Could a tummy tuck provide you with the tighter figure you want?

There are many people out there that despite a healthy diet and regular exercise aren’t seeing the results they want, particularly around abdominoplastytheir midsection. There are a lot of factors that play into excess fat and skin around the stomach and sides; fortunately, our Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis offers abdominoplasty to help you achieve the appearance you are looking for.

What is abdominoplasty?

You’ve probably heard of an abdominoplasty being called by its colloquial name, “tummy tuck”. The goal of our Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, cosmetic surgeon is to make your stomach flatter by removing excess fat and skin while also tightening the abdominal muscles.

Even though an abdominoplasty shouldn’t be confused with liposuction, this is still considered a major surgery so it’s important to know more about it before deciding whether it’s right for you.

What happens during an abdominoplasty?

This will depend on whether you are getting a complete or partial abdominoplasty. During a complete tummy tuck, an incision will be made across the stomach from hipbone to hipbone. From there, we will remove excess fat and skin from the area while also repositioning the belly button.

If you are dealing with excess fat just below the navel, then a partial abdominoplasty may be all you need. While we will still remove excess fat and skin from this area, we won’t need to move the belly button.

How long is the recovery period?

You will have to wear a binder around your stomach for several weeks, which will provide the area with support and prevent fluid from building up. You will need to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity during your recovery period.

You will continue to come in for follow-up appointments to make sure everything is healing properly. During this time we can chat with you about when it might be safe to return to your regular physical activities.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Healthy men and women who are looking to remove excess fat and skin around their midsections may find a tummy tuck to be the best treatment option for them. This can be a great cosmetic treatment for women who have excess skin or weakening abdominal muscles due to pregnancies, as well as patients who used to be obese but lost a lot of weight and are dealing with loose skin as a result.

A tummy tuck isn’t ideal for patients who still want to lose a lot of weight or for patients who are still considering getting pregnant, as pregnancy can affect the results of your abdominoplasty.

Dr. Alexandrina Saulis is proud to offer comprehensive cosmetic surgery in Hinsdale, Naperville, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL. Call Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today if you are ready to find out whether you could be a good candidate for abdominoplasty.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
October 23, 2018
Category: Breast Reduction
Tags: Breast Reduction  

Find out if getting a breast reduction could actually be beneficial to your health.

Even though breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries around, some women are looking to get a breast breast reductionreduction. There are many reasons why women may want to reduce the size of their breasts. Our Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis can show you several benefits of choosing breast reduction surgery:

Reduce Discomfort

If you are a woman who is petite but has large breasts then you may experience regular discomfort throughout the day. You may regularly battle neck, shoulder and back pain, as a result. It may even hamper your ability to exercise without discomfort or pain. If you are an athlete this can be particularly frustrating. If you find that you are experiencing new or worsening back or neck pain as a result of your breasts then you may want to consider talking to our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon about whether a breast reduction could get rid of your regular aches and pains.

Improve Symmetry

It’s not uncommon for most women to have one breast that is larger than the other; however, many women don’t even notice the subtle change. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for everyone. Sometimes the shape and size of the breasts are completely different and it’s a source of embarrassment. Luckily, breast reduction surgery can help contour and reshape the breast so they are both symmetrical and even.

Boost Your Confidence

This is one of the biggest benefits of getting cosmetic surgery. If you find yourself avoiding social situations or hiding behind layers of clothes because your breasts embarrass you, then getting this simple surgical procedure could finally help you get the look you want to feel more confident in yourself and your body.

If you are interested in getting breast reduction surgery in the Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, areas and want to talk to Dr. Saulis to find out if this is the right treatment option for you then call our office today and let us know that you are interested in getting a breast reduction. We would be happy to schedule a consultation. Call 630-920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
June 21, 2018
Category: Plastic Surgery

Are you thinking about breast augmentation surgery? Many women do consider it, and when they undergo the procedure, they reportbreast augmentation increased satisfaction with their personal appearance. So learn all you can first before saying yes to this common plastic surgery and consult with only the best surgeon for your procedure, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis of Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Saulis has perfected the art of breast augmentation in her Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst, IL area practice.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is an aesthetic surgery aimed at enhancing overall breast size, shape or volume. Many of Dr. Saulis' patients report a dissatisfaction with the size of their breasts when compared with their hips, or they dislike being "lopsided"--that is, one breast is noticeably larger than the other. This disparity in size often can be noticed even through a woman's clothing, with the left breast usually being the larger one.

Finally, women of child-bearing years experience a loss of breast volume after pregnancy. Alternatively, when a child is no longer nursing, a young mother's breast tissue shrinks and sags.

So the answer to these disconcerting cosmetic problems can be breast augmentation, a simple and usually successful way to change breast size and shape. This procedure is exceptionally popular as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports: approximately 290,000 surgeries of this type were performed in the United States in 2016 alone.

What's the procedure like in Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst?

To undergo this surgery, your overall health must be good, and you must be willing to be patient with the recovery time which is a full four weeks. Dr. Saulis does the surgery under general anesthesia and performs the procedure through the IMF incision under the breast. The breast implant is placed subpectoral to decrease implant contracture rates and optimize breast tissue visualization on a mammogram which is obscured with implants placed above the muscle (missing early breast cancers).

Regarding the breast implants themselves, Dr. Saulis almost exclusively uses silicone gel implants which are much more natural than saline implants and have almost double the shelf-life. Saline implants are filled on the table and have an access valve that can begin to leak after a while. Silicone gel implants are pre-filled at the Mentor factory with a double disk shield preventing any leaks or variation or change in implant volume. Also, implant "leak" and sudden rupture with deflation is avoided with silicone gel implants. They do require a larger incision (about 2-3 inches but it is well hidden in the inframammary crease and the scarring is generally excellent in time).

Many patients are trading out their saline implants for silicone gel for the above-stated reasons. In addition, silicone gel implants have a thicker rubberized silicone shell than saline filled implants, last longer, come in all volumes and three profiles and are softer and much more natural than saline. They also correct any issues of rippling a patient may have with a saline implant.

After effects

Breast augmentation in Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst does cause soreness, swelling and bruising which resolves over a period of weeks. Stitches stay in place for about ten days, and most patients take up their normal activities within several days. However, anything strenuous should be avoided for up to four weeks to ensure good healing. Dr. Saulis offers patients post op pain control with an On-Q pain pump that allows for local anesthetic or numbing medication to be used for pain after surgery. This significantly minimizes pain and reduces the recovery time, and allows patients to avoid narcotic use after surgery.

You can make an informed decision

Find out if breast augmentation is right for you with a confidential consultation with Dr. Saulis. She'll explain your options so you understand the surgery fully and can decide what's best for your health and personal appearance. Why not call Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery today for an appointment? Phone 630-920-9404 to speak with a team member.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
February 26, 2018
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: Liposuction  

Find out if this is the right procedure for removing excess weight and getting the body you want.liposuction

We know that losing weight isn’t an easy task. While working out regularly and eating a healthy balanced diet are certainly crucial factors for leading a healthier life and shedding the pounds, we know that dealing with stubborn areas of fat can be frustrating and can impact your self-esteem. Our Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis is here to explain more about liposuction and what could make you an ideal candidate for this procedure.

What is liposuction?

This surgical procedure is used to remove fat from one or more areas of the body to reshape and contour the body the way you want. Liposuction can be performed virtually anywhere and is most commonly used to treat stubborn fat around the buttock, stomach, sides, thighs, back, neck and chin.

A small instrument is placed under the skin and the fat is suctioned out using this vacuum-like tool. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so the patient will be completely asleep.

What makes someone a good candidate for liposuction?

When people hear liposuction they often think of it as a way to lose weight, but it’s important that you don’t see this cosmetic procedure as a weight loss solution. It is truly meant to enhance and contour the body, but it shouldn’t be considered a treatment for obesity because the results are too subtle. Good skin elasticity and those within 30 percent of their ideal body weight are good candidates for liposuction.

If you are a healthy individual who is realistic about the goals you want to achieve through cosmetic surgery in Hinsdale, IL, then liposuction could give you with the results you want. If you are dealing with chronic health problems then you may be at a higher risk for certain surgical complications, so we will need to perform a thorough medical evaluation beforehand to determine whether liposuction is safe for you.

Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers comprehensive cosmetic care to meet all of your aesthetic needs. We are proud to serve the Hinsdale, Naperville, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, areas. Schedule a consultation with us and get a new you for the New Year.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
February 08, 2018
Category: Abdominoplasty
Tags: abdominoplasty  

Do you want to find out if you could be a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Do you find that despite eating healthy and hitting the gym regularly that you still can’t seem to run off excess flab around your stomach? abdominoplastyHave you had difficulty losing weight post-pregnancy? It can be disheartening to find that, despite your best efforts, you still aren’t seeing the results you want. You want a body that looks as good as you feel and our Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, is here to help make that possible.

What is an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?

This cosmetic surgery is actually one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries around and it is designed to remove excess skin and fat around the abdomen to help offer tighter and smoother results.

Who is a good candidate for this treatment?

There are many reasons to consider getting a tummy tuck. From pregnancy to significant weight loss, there are several scenarios that can cause excess fat and/or loose, flabby skin around the middle. Of course, it is important that patients understand that this procedure is not considered a weight loss treatment.

Patients should already be at their ideal weight before considering a tummy tuck. This procedure is done to remove excess skin and to tighten the skin around the abdomen to reduce stretch marks and to get a smoother and shapelier frame. A good candidate will be someone who understands what this procedure can offer, as well as its limitations.

What does this procedure entail in Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale?

First, the patient will be placed under anesthesia. The type of anesthesia we use will be discussed prior to treatment to determine the best kind for you. Once you are under the effects of anesthesia, we will make an incision below the belly button. The type of incision we make will depend on how much skin is present. Once the skin is lifted and shaped, we will also repair the abdominal muscles. The skin that has been pulled taut when then be sutured together.

If you are interested in the cosmetic services we offer in Hinsdale, Naperville, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexandrina Saulis at Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today!





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