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
November 08, 2017
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: Breast Lift  

Have your once-perky breasts started to sag and droop? Changes in your breasts are common due to aging, childbirth, nursing and weight breast liftloss. Luckily, you don't have to live with unwelcome changes to your silhouette. Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis explains how a breast lift could restore your appearance.

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift is a surgical procedure that relieves sagging by reshaping breast tissue, removing loose skin and repositioning your nipple and areola. Incisions from a breast lift are usually hidden under the areola and the crease of the breast.

Who can benefit from a breast lift?

Although the best way to tell if you're a good candidate for a breast lift is with a visit to our Elmhurst office, a breast lift may be a good idea if:

  • You have significant sagging: If your nipples are lower than the crease under your breast, you're probably a good candidate for a breast lift.
  • Your nipples point downward: When your breast tissue sags, your nipples may no longer face outward. A breast lift can restore the normal position of your nipples.
  • Your breasts are different sizes: In addition to lifting your breasts, the surgery can also make your breasts more symmetrical by reshaping them.
  • Your weight is stable: Your results may not last as long if you constantly lose and regain weight.
  • You aren't planning on becoming pregnant: Because pregnancy and breastfeeding can contribute to sagging, it's best to postpone a breast lift until after you've completed your family.
  • You want to look better in your clothing: Sagging breasts can affect the way your clothing fits and make you feel self-conscious on the beach. Lifting your breasts can boost your self-esteem and make you feel proud of your physique once again.
  • You're considering breast augmentation: Breast augmentation and breast lifts are often performed at the same time.
  • You're healthy: You must be in good health and free from any conditions or diseases that affect healing. Because smoking can also slow healing, you may not be a good candidate if you smoke.

Are you interested in learning if a breast lift is the right choice for you? Schedule an appointment with Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis by calling (630) 920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
August 16, 2017
Category: Plastic Surgery

Are you thinking about breast augmentation surgery? Many women do consider it, and when they undergo the procedure, they report breast augmentationincreased 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
June 15, 2017
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: abdominoplasty  

When dieting and crunches do nothing to firm up your flabby stomach, it's time to consider abdominoplasty. The procedure, commonly abdominoplastycalled a tummy tuck, not only gets rid of excess fat and skin, but also tightens the muscles in your stomach. Our Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL area plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, shares a few facts about the procedure.

Who can benefit from abdominoplasty?

Your abdomen may no longer be flat if you've been pregnant, particularly if your abdominal muscles separated during the pregnancy. The problem is more likely to occur as you get older, whether you've ever been pregnant or not. Take a look at your relatives. If their stomachs look like yours, your protruding abdomen may be a result of genetics, not anything you did or didn't do. You may also notice sagging if you've had abdominal surgery, or you've lost a lot of weight. Abdominoplasty is an excellent option in all of these cases.

Abdominoplasty may not be a good choice if you smoke, haven't yet reached your goal weight or plan to become pregnant.

What happens during an abdominoplasty?

Before the procedure begins, you'll receive either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. A horizontal incision will be made between your pubic hair and your belly button. After your abdominal muscles are repaired and skin and fat are removed, the incision will be closed with stitches or clips. In most cases, abdominoplasties in the Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst area are outpatient procedures, which means you'll get to go home a few hours after your procedure.

What is the recovery period like?

Prescription pain medication will help keep you comfortable during the first several days after your surgery. You may also notice some abdominal swelling initially. You'll probably need to take about two weeks off from work, although the amount of time may vary based on the type of work you do. Wearing a binder for a few months can reduce swelling and help support your abdominal muscles. Most people can resume their normal activities, including exercising, about six weeks after surgery.

Abdominoplasty can give you a flatter, more sculpted abdomen. Call Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL area plastic surgeon, Dr. Saulis to schedule an appointment to discuss the procedure.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
May 02, 2017
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: Breast Reduction  

While for many women large breasts are what they desire, for others they may lead to discomfort. Whether because of back, shoulder or breast reductionneck pain, poor posture or a rash around the breasts, all of these things and more may lead to a woman wanting breast reduction surgery from our Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis. Oftentimes, physical activities may be restricted and wearing or fitting into comfortable clothes can be difficult. For these women, breast reduction surgery may be the answer.

About Breast Reduction Surgery

The surgery can be performed on an inpatient and outpatient basis. In many instances, the surgery may be medically necessary and may be covered by one's insurance company. With breast reduction surgery, general anesthesia is used. Our Elmhurst, IL plastic surgeon Dr. Saulis will make an anchor-shaped incision around the areola vertically and then horizontally across the crease below the breast. Any breast tissue, fat or excess skin is removed to reach the desired size of the patient. Stitches are used to close the incision. If the reduction is dramatic, the areola may need to be removed and re-positioned on the breast itself. The surgery lasts about three hours.

In terms of recovery, drainage tubes are inserted into the breasts to help remove excess fluid the first few days after breast reduction surgery. A dressing will cover this area. Sensitivity, bruising and swelling is normal for the first few weeks post-op. Stitches are removed about 7 to 10 days after surgery. No strenuous activity or heavy lifting is allowed for a period of up to four weeks, and most patients go back to work in one to two weeks depending on what type of work they do.

Don't suffer any longer! For more information on breast reduction surgery from our Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, schedule an appointment by calling 630-920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
February 09, 2017
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: Liposuction  

Diet and exercise is essential in shedding extra pounds, but sometimes, it just doesn't get rid of stubborn fat. Liposuction, a cosmetic liposuctionprocedure used to remove fat deposits, offers an effective way to improve your physique. Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, your Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon, shares some information on the liposuction procedure.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction uses a suction device to remove fat deposits from your body and reshape your contours. It can be performed on an in-patient or out-patient basis and is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as tummy tucks. Up to six to eight pounds of fat can be removed during one liposuction procedure. An additional procedure may be recommended if multiple areas need to be treated.

Liposuction is commonly used to remove from fat from the waist and abdomen but is also a good choice if you're concerned about the appearance of your knees, upper arms, buttocks, chest, back, chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms, chest or back. Although liposuction is very effective in removing fat, it has no effect on cellulite.

What happens during the procedure?

You'll receive either local or general anesthetic prior to the procedure. Your Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst plastic surgeon will make a small incision and insert the cannula, a hollow tube that loosens the fat, allowing it to be removed with a surgical vacuum. Your surgeon may also use saline solution, ultrasound or laser energy to loosen or liquefy fat.

It will take a month or two for swelling to improve. Until it does, you won't be able to see the full effects of the procedure. Pain, bruising, swelling, numbness and stiffness are common after the liposuction treatment, but these symptoms usually get better in just a few days. Many people return to work in a week or less after liposuction.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction is a good choice if you:

  • Are within 30 percent of your goal weight
  • Have elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Don't have diabetes, lupus, heart or lung disease or other diseases
  • Don't smoke
  • Have realistic expectations

Get the body you deserve with liposuction. Call Dr. Saulis, your Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon, at (630) 920-9404 to schedule a consultation and examination.





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