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

Posts for category: Abdominoplasty

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
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 02, 2019
Category: Abdominoplasty
Tags: Liposuction  

Diet and exercise help people maintain a healthy weight and get rid of stubborn fat. Sometimes, however, you need more than just diet and exercise to achieve your ideal look. Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, provides the community with cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction.

More About Liposuction

Liposuction isn't an invasive and painful treatment like it used to be; it doesn't involve a long recovery time. It's also a way to target fat deposits and contour the shape of your body with the used of gentle water-jet assisted liposuction.

This procedure reduces the discomfort of carrying excess weight. Your plastic surgeon, Dr. Saulis inserts a thin cannula is inserted into the target area where with fat cells you'd like to remove. The ultrasonic prob dislodges the fat deposits, making it easier to remove them.

Benefits of Liposuction:

You should consider the many benefits of liposuction:

  • The thin cannula is less invasive, leaving minimal scarring.
  • Local anesthesia doesn't making you drowsy, you don't feel groggy after the procedure.
  • There is minimal downtime, you can return to your usual activities between 3-4 days.

Need a Consultation?

If you would like to make an appointment, ask about details, or have general questions to find out more about liposuction contact your plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis at her Hinsdale, IL, office by calling (630) 920-9404. Also serving Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL. So don't hesitate to contact Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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!

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, S.C
February 02, 2016
Category: Abdominoplasty
 

Tired of a sagging, bulging abdominal profile? Pregnancy and weight gain often leave excess flab and loose musculature above and abdominoplastybelow the belly button. If you are in good general health, a tummy tuck--or abdomnoplasty--may be your solution for a firmer, trimmer abdomen.

Expertly performed by Alexandrina S. Saulis MD, FACS, Hinsdale, IL board-certified plastic surgeon, abdominoplasty is a proven way to contour the abdomen, belly button to pubic bone and hip to hip. Dr. Saulis is an expert in this procedure and in many other cosmetic body contouring surgeries. As a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, she readily answers patient queries regarding this in-patient or out-patient procedure that has proven results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can get abdominoplasty? Dr. Saulis carefully reviews a patient's medical and surgical history and performs an examination to determine readiness for surgery. In general, patients in good overall health and with realistic aesthetic goals make excellent candidates. Smokers are encouraged to quit before undergoing this surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots and other complications. Additionally, patients must understand that this procedure is cosmetic. It is not meant as an alternative to sensible weight loss and exercise. Women who have had multiple pregnancies and individuals who have lost a lot of weight are common tummy tuck patients.
  2. What is the procedure like? A typical abdominoplasty takes 2 to 5 hours. The patient receives general anesthesia and is fully monitored through out the surgery. For a complete tummy tuck, Dr. Saulis makes a bikini line incision hip bone to hip bone. She tightens the skin and musculature and removes excess fat. She may install one or 2 drains to remain in place along with sutures to facilitate removal of excess fluid. Patients go home the same day with an elastic bandage for support and oral antibiotics to prevent infection.
  3. What is after care like? Typically, a patient experiences bruising and swelling at the incision line and applies ice packs for a day or 2 post-op. He or she must limit strenuous activities for at least 5 to 7 days and expect to be off work for about 4 weeks.
  4. What is a mini-tummy tuck? A partial abdominoplasty involves a smaller incision and less recovery time than the traditional procedure. Using a small endoscope, the Hinsdale plastic surgeon removes fat deposits below the belly button. The procedure takes around an hour or 2.
  5. Will there be a scar? Both partial and complete abdominoplasties leave scars. Physicians at the Cleveland Clinic concur that scarring is minimal and fades over several months.
Are You Interested?
 
You may contact Hinsdale, IL plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, for a personal consultation on this innovative cosmetic procedure. Call the office staff today at (630) 920-9404 to discuss your options.


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