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

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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.
By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, S.C.
February 13, 2015
Category: Abdominoplasty
Tags: tummy tuck  

Do you have stubborn and unwanted flab in areas that make you think twice about wearing your favorite two-piece out in public? If you've got a belly and are tired of feeling self-conscious about it, then it's time you did something about it - and abdominal plastic surgery is just the thing you need.

Otherwise known as a "tummy tuck," abdominoplasty both eliminates excess flab and tightens the surrounding muscles, which is Abdominoplastydifferent from liposuction because it doesn't stop at removing the fat.

Check out a few interesting facts that your Naperville area plastic surgeon Alexandrina S. Saulis, M.D., F.A.C.S, wants you to know about abdominoplasty:

How Does It Work?

A total tummy tuck is performed with the use of general anesthesia. Once the patient is unconscious, the plastic surgeon will make a horizontal incision along the person's waistline extending from one hip bone to the other. Next, the surgeon gently splits the skin from the abdominal wall. After tightening the muscles in the area, the surgeon will remove the excess fat before closing the flap of flesh. Finally, sutures are used to close up the incision site.

What Will My Immediate Recovery Period Look Like?

Immediately following the procedure, your plastic surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to avoid the risk of infection. This is done with all surgeries. Occasionally, drainage tubes help remove excess fluid for the first few days post-surgery. Abdominal stitches will be removed no later than a week after surgery, and oftentimes sooner. Despite being a major surgery, most tummy tuck patients are back to normal within a month, and their scar will begin to fade a few short months later. Continued exercise will help tone the abdominal muscle from that point forward.

If you feel it's time for a tummy tuck, then Dr. Saulis is ready to bring you the long-term answers you've been seeking at Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, S.C. As a leading expert in plastic surgeries, Dr. Saulis is waiting for your tubby tummy, so give her a call today at (630) 920-9404 for great results in the Naperville area.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, S.C.
October 13, 2014
Category: Abdominoplasty
Tags: abdominoplasty   tummy tuck  
Both women and men are curious about plastic surgery to modify the look and shape of their bodies. When patients enter the office of Naperville, IL plastic surgeon Alexandrina S. Saulis, M.D., F.A.C.S, who is a top doctor at Hinsdale Plastic Surgery, to ask about popular surgeries like abdominoplasty, they are greeted with a caring, responsive and knowledgeable staff of professionals.
 
If you're unhappy with the appearance of your abdominal area, take a moment to learn more about this particular surgery and find out if you would be a good candidate for the surgery.
 

What is Abdominoplasty?abdominal pain

 
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that is better known as a “tummy tuck.” The procedure involves removing excess fat from the abdominal region and then “tucking” the skin back into place to reveal a flatter more well-defied stomach. The fat may have to be removed from bulges on the side of the stomach and the front around the belly button. The doctor makes a careful incision near the bikini line, tightens the muscles and then proceeds to remove excess fat tissue. The incision is then sutured closed to start the healing process. The procedure commonly takes anywhere between two and five hours depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed. Patients are advised to begin walking around again soon after the procedure as a part of the healing process, which can take about a month. Here are some before & after photos of the procedure.
 

Are You a Candidate?

Before performing an abdominoplasty in Naperville, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Saulis must do a thorough evaluation of your case to ensure that you're a good candidate. This is a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia, so it is not the best option for everyone. A good candidate for the procedure meets the following requirements (among others):
  • in good physical health
  • no history of adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • has a stable weight (the doctor will consult you more about this)
  • is a non-smoker

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Saulis

Oak Brook, Elmhurst and Naperville, IL area plastic surgeon Dr. Saulis is a trusted and qualified doctor who is on staff at two Chicago area hospital and board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To find out if you're a candidate for abdominoplasty, call her office at 630-920-9404 or visit http://www.hinsdaleplasticsurgery.com/appointment.html to request an appointment from the convenience of your computer or a mobile browser.


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