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

Posts for: February, 2015

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.
February 13, 2015
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: Liposuction  

Find out more about getting liposuction in Naperville before you decide.

Was your resolution to lose weight this year? Did you start going to the gym more often and change your diet just to find that it was harder to lose that weight than you thought? Instead of throwing in the towel know that you have other options. There are just someLiposuction areas of the body that simple lifestyle changes just can’t change. If you’re ready to turn to cosmetic surgery, then consider how getting liposuction in Naperville could help.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat to help contour and tighten certain areas of the body to enhance and improve your overall shape.

What areas can liposuction target effectively?

Liposuction is most commonly performed on the stomach, thighs, hips and buttocks. However, calves, cheeks, backs and arms can also benefit from this treatment.

Does liposuction hurt?

You will be given a local anesthesia before the procedure starts to reduce any discomfort you may experience. A sedative may also be recommended to help nervous patients relax during their treatment. You will most likely experience some pain and swelling after liposuction; however, we can prescribe pain medications to help reduce your symptoms.

What should I expect from my liposuction treatment in Naperville?

Once the anesthesia is administered we will make tiny incisions in the areas of the body you wish to target. Then we will place thin plastic tubes called cannulas into these small incisions to gently suction out the fat. While local anesthesia is almost always administered, if you are opting to treat a large area of the body, we may recommend a general anesthesia instead. However, the majority of these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

How long will my recovery time be?

While everyone’s recovery process is different, you will experience some post-procedural swelling and pain. However, this will subside over the course of one week to ten days.

We can provide medications to lessen the pain. You may also be expected to wear a compression wrap for a few weeks after. Patients can return to their everyday activity as soon as they feel able; however, some people may find that it takes a couple weeks for a full recovery.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Those looking to remove unsightly bulges from specific parts of their body can benefit from this treatment; however, be honest about your treatment expectations and keep in mind that while liposuction can improve the overall shape of your body, it is not a weight loss treatment and it is not a treatment for obesity. We still recommended keeping up with a healthy diet and routine exercise to stay healthy.

If liposuction sounds like it aligns perfectly with your cosmetic goals, the next step is to talk to your Naperville cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina S. Saulis, M.D., F.A.C.S at Hinsdale Plastic Surgery. Call us to schedule a consultation.


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