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
May 13, 2020
Category: Abdominoplasty
Tags: abdominoplasty  

Find out whether a tummy tuck is the right cosmetic option for you.

Have you been considering abdominoplasty or other plastic surgery? Perhaps you were getting ready to schedule a consultation with abdominoplastyus before the current COVID-19 crisis occurred. A consultation with our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis can help you determine if an abdominoplasty is right for you. With the current COVID crisis, we understand some patients may have concerns. It’s important for our patients to know that we take their safety very seriously and our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis and her team are taking every necessary safety precaution to continue providing patients with cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Office procedures in place to reduce COVID-19 infection risks include limiting patient consultations to minimize exposure in our waiting rooms as well as rigorous cleaning of the office between patients. Through every step of your abdominoplasty or other aesthetic procedure, we strive to provide the best service possible to our patients while reducing any risk of infection.

Considering Abdominoplasty

While we offer a full range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical options to our patients, many patients choose to undergo an abdominoplasty (also referred to as a tummy tuck). During this procedure, we will remove loose skin and fat from the abdomen to improve the tone and contour of your stomach. Abdominoplasty offers patients a way to get rid of excess fat and skin around the abdomen caused by,

  • Pregnancy
  • Significant and rapid weight loss
  • Aging

Getting a tummy tuck has some obvious benefits such as improving your body’s appearance and boosting your self-confidence. However, abdominoplasty also offers other important benefits such as preventing or reducing back pain. Some patients also notice a reduction in urinary incontinence caused by childbirth or aging. If you have a ventral hernia, this problem may also be corrected during your tummy tuck procedure.

What to Expect

The first step to getting abdominoplasty, or any plastic surgery, is to go through an initial consultation with our Elmhurst, IL cosmetic surgeon right here at our office.
 

Be assured that your safety is paramount with Dr. Saulis as we enter the post-COVID19 pandemic period. For your initial consultation, please be aware that Dr. Saulis and her staff have and continue to focus on decreasing any risk of patient infection. This includes rigorous office space cleaning between patients and limiting patient consultations to minimize exposure in our waiting rooms. If you do decide to undergo an abdominoplasty you’ll be in safe, trustworthy hands. All surgeries are performed at two JACHO approved hospitals: Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Hinsdale Hospital. Both of these hospitals are national leaders in patient satisfaction and low infection rates.

Interested? Contact Us

We understand that while getting aesthetic surgery is important to help you feel confident and happier with your appearance you also want to feel that all steps are being taken to keep you healthy throughout the treatment and cosmetic surgery process.

Rest assured that as a patient with Dr. Saulis the utmost attention will be directed toward your safety and maximally reducing infection risks for aesthetic surgery.

Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Saulis, and her team can provide you with trustworthy, dependable care throughout Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst, IL, even during this COVID crisis. To learn more about the cosmetic surgical options we offer please call Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at (630) 920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
April 14, 2020

Find out what factors could make you a good candidate for breast augmentation.

Whether you’ve already decided that breast implants are right for you or you are just in the beginning stages of your research, it’s breat augmentationimportant to understand breast augmentation, what it can (and can’t do) and who is an ideal candidate for treatment. Scheduling a simple cosmetic evaluation with our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis is typically the first step. We understand some patients may have concerns about the current COVID crisis, rest assured that your health and safety are our number one priority. We are working to reduce COVID-19 infection risks. We have office procedures in place, including limiting patient consultations to minimize exposure in our waiting rooms as well as rigorous cleaning of the office between patients. Through every step of your aesthetic procedure, we strive to provide the best service possible to our patients while reducing any risk of infection.

If you are considering a breast augmentation, some factors to consider include,

  • Your health: An ideal candidate will be in good physical health. We will go through your medical history during your consultation. It’s important to let us know about any preexisting health problems (e.g. diabetes; heart disease) and any current medications you are taking.
  • Your expectations: While plastic surgery can provide some pretty incredible results it’s also important to be realistic about your expectations. During your consultation, our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon will discuss your treatment goals to make sure they align with what breast augmentation can offer.
  • Your weight: An ideal candidate will already be within their ideal weight and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Since significant weight fluctuations may alter results and your appearance, it’s important that you are leading a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Your age: While it’s never too late to consider breast augmentation it’s important that patients are at least 18 years old before they consider surgery. Breasts will need to be fully developed before cosmetic surgery can be considered.
  • Safety: Be assured that your safety is paramount with Dr. Saulis as we enter the post-COVID19 pandemic period. For your initial consultation, please be aware that Dr. Saulis and her staff have and continue to focus on decreasing any risk of patient infection. This includes rigorous office space cleaning between patients and limiting patient consultations to minimize exposure in our waiting rooms. 
You can also take comfort in knowing that all surgeries are performed at two JACHO approved hospitals: Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Hinsdale Hospital. Both of these hospitals are national leaders in low infection rates and patient satisfaction. 
Rest assured that as a patient with Dr. Saulis the utmost attention will be directed toward your safety and maximally reducing infection risks for aesthetic surgery.

 

 

Breast augmentation can enhance and improve your appearance in many ways including,

  • Improving the fullness, roundness and volume of small breasts
  • Fixing asymmetrical or disproportionally shaped breasts
  • Enhancing the overall shape of the breasts (in areas that may not look as full)
  • Reconstructing the shape and appearance of your breasts after a mastectomy (to treat breast cancer)

If you are interested in getting breast augmentation in Elmhurst, Oakbrook, Hinsdale or the surrounding Western suburbs, then schedule your consultation with our qualified plastic surgeon. Call Dr. Alexandrina Saulis at Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at (630) 920-9404 to find out if breast augmentation is right for you.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
January 30, 2020
Category: Abdominoplasty
Tags: abdominoplasty  

Here’s what our patients should know about getting tummy tuck surgery.

Often referred to as a “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty is a popular surgical procedure performed by our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon, Dr. AbdominoplastyAlexandrina Saulis, to remove excess fat and skin around the stomach.

A tummy tuck is a great treatment to help flatten stomachs and even tighten abdominal muscles. Of course, before undergoing cosmetic surgery it’s important to understand the entire abdominoplasty process.

 

When to Consider Abdominoplasty

Since abdominoplasty involves surgery and recovery time, it’s important to understand who is ideal for treatment. Since this is not a weight-loss treatment, an ideal candidate will be an individual that is already maintaining healthy body weight and body mass index (BMI), but is still unable to achieve a flatter stomach through diet and exercise alone.

There are many factors that can lead to the loose, sagging skin and excess fat around the abdomen. These factors include:

  • Past surgeries (e.g. bariatric surgery)
  • Extreme fluctuations in weight
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Aging

Tummy tuck surgery isn’t ideal for those who deal with significant weight fluctuations or women who plan to become pregnant, as these factors can affect long-term results. A tummy tuck may also be able to reduce the appearance of stretch marks by tightening and stretching the skin.

 

Getting an Abdominoplasty

Our expert plastic surgeon will perform your abdominoplasty right here in her Elmhurst, IL, practice. General anesthesia is used for this procedure, so you will be asleep during the procedure. Tummy tuck surgeries usually take anywhere from 2-5 hours. During your consultation, we will be able to give you a better idea of the length of your surgery and the recovery time once we understand the results you are hoping to achieve with this procedure.

Recovery varies from patient to patient but typically takes weeks and even months for a full recovery. During your recovery process, it’s important to avoid activities such as heavy lifting or exercise. Our plastic surgeon will be able to tell you when you can return to your normal routine after surgery.

 

Give Us a Call

If you are interested in getting abdominoplasty our Elmhurst, IL, board-certified plastic surgeon can help you decide whether this treatment is right for you. With an office in Hinsdale, Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery serves the Oakbrook, Naperville, and western suburbs of Chicagoland. Call us today at (630) 920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
January 29, 2020

Getting breast implants could help you feel more confident in your appearance.

If having small breasts makes you feel self-conscious about your appearance and you want to feel more confident you aren’t alone. In fact, breast augmentationbreast augmentation continues to be the most popular cosmetic procedure that our Elmhurst, IL, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis offers. Each year, more than 300,000 women across the US get breast implants. Are you wondering if breast augmentation may be right for you?

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure in which our plastic surgeon places a silicone or saline-filled implant within the breast to increase the size and improve the shape of your breasts right here in her Elmhurst, IL, practice. During your consultation, Dr. Saulis will learn more about your treatment goals, including your desired implant shape and size, to make sure that you get the results you’re looking for.

During your consultation, not only will we discuss the overall shape and size you are looking to achieve with breast implants, but also the type of implant (saline vs. silicone) we will use and how the implant will be placed (either under or over the muscle of the breast).

Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

So, you have decided that breast implants are right for you. Congratulations! The next step is to consider whether you are the ideal candidate for this procedure. A good candidate will have realistic expectations regarding the results they will receive through treatment. Furthermore, women must be healthy and not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

While many women who turn to breast implants often do so aesthetic enhancement, some women also choose to undergo breast augmentation after significant weight loss or after pregnancy, both of which can drastically change the size of your breasts. If your breasts are asymmetrical, breast implants can also improve the shape so they are even.

Interested? Give us a call

Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Elmhurst, IL, is proud to provide comprehensive cosmetic surgery from a board-certified plastic surgeon to patients living in and around Oak Brook, Naperville, Hinsdale, and the surrounding Western suburbs. If you want to learn more about breast augmentation then call our office at (630) 920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
November 11, 2019
Category: Breast Reduction
Tags: Breast Reduction  

With female celebrities openly discussing the benefits of their breast reductions, more and more women are considering whether a breast breast reductionreduction might be right for them.

In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of breast reductions has risen by 157 percent between 1997 and 2013. So, what is involved in breast reduction and who might benefit? Read on to find out, and call Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, if you are interested in the procedure.

What is involved in a breast reduction?

A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during the procedure. The “anchor-shaped incision” is located around the nipple areolar complex, (lifting it to a higher position), a vertical one located below the lifted nipple areolar complexes (narrowing the breast), and a transverse one located below the breast which resulting in the “breast lift” in a breast reduction removing the loose excess skin left after the breast gland had been reduced. After the procedure, steristrips will be placed on the anchor incisions. A drainage tube & grenade, as well as a local anesthesia infusion pain pump (On-Q pain pump), will be placed for 2-3 days after surgery to prevent fluid buildup and manage post-operative pain minimizing the need for narcotic medication use after surgery. Oral pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed to relieve any residual pain and prevent infection after surgery. A 23 hour overnight stay is recommended after surgery but not absolutely necessary. 

Breast reduction surgery can take anywhere from two to three hours with Dr. Saulis depending on the size of the breast being reduced. 

What is the recovery process like?

You will be sore for 2-3 days after surgery. The pain pump with local anesthesia will help minimize the pain you feel. You will also need to wear a loose-fitting support bra and protect your incision lines with gauze for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Additionally, you must avoid any rigorous or rapid upper extremity activities such as elliptical training, running or vacuuming for a minimum of two weeks after surgery. 

Who should consider a breast reduction?

Women who have large breasts may experience frequent or even daily pain in their upper back, neck, and shoulders. They may also experience rashes between or below their breasts. If this type of pain or skin rash is a normal part of your life then you may want to consider a breast reduction, which can improve everything from sleeping to exercising.





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