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 tag: abdominoplasty

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
August 24, 2016
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: abdominoplasty  

Been thinking about getting a tummy tuck? Find out if you are the ideal candidate for treatment.

A tummy tuck has given countless patients dealing with stomach fat the ability to finally have the more shapely and contoured body abdominoplastythey’ve always wanted. While there are ads all around us touting the next miracle fat-shedding pill or incredible four-minute fat-burning workout, for many people dealing with stubborn fat, exercise and diet just aren’t enough. So find out if it’s time you talked to our plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, serving Hinsdale, Naperville, Oak Brook, and Elmhurst, IL, about abdominoplasty.

What is abdominoplasty?

This cosmetic surgery is a great way to tighten both abdominal muscles and skin in that area. Before getting a tummy tuck, it’s always a good idea to prepare your body for this surgery by eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly to reduce as much stomach fat as possible.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Ideal candidates for getting a tummy tuck include:

  • Those who are in good general health
  • Those who lead a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Non-smokers
  • Those who have realistic expectations and goals for treatment

While this is a great way to reduce stomach fat, an abdominoplasty is not ideal for those who are obese. Ideally, a good candidate will be around 25 pounds above their ideal weight. Before choosing to get this treatment it’s important that you evaluate all the pros and cons of treatment to make sure that it is right for you.

Sit down with us one-on-one and ask us for before-and-after photos so you can get a realistic idea of the results you can achieve with an abdominoplasty or whether another cosmetic procedure is better suited for your needs. We are here to help make the decision a bit easier for you.

If you’ve been considering whether to get a tummy tuck in Naperville, then it’s time to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Saulis today. Turn to Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery serving Hinsdale, Naperville, Oak Brook, and Elmhurst, IL to help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted to feel more confident in your own skin.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
May 12, 2016
Category: Plastic Surgery

You may never have considered plastic surgery before, but if you've adopted an appropriate diet and exercise plan to help you improve liposuctionyour look and still have areas that won't respond to your lifestyle changes, liposuction, abdominoplasty or breast augmentation can help you achieve the body you've been working for. At Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Oak Brook and Naperville, IL, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis is board-certified in performing procedures like liposuctions, abdominoplasty and breast augmentation to help her patients improve their appearance and confidence about their bodies. Here is a brief overview of the process for each procedure.

What is an abdominoplasty? 
An abdominoplasty, often referred to as a "tummy tuck", is a surgical operation involving the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdomen and the tightening of the muscles of the abdominal wall. It is popular for patients who have experienced excessive weight loss, or for women after pregnancy. 

What is the procedure like? 
A typical abdominoplasty takes about two to five hours. The patient is given a sedative during the procedure. A full abdominoplasty includes a horizontally-oriented incision between the pubic hairline and the naval. Once the skin is lifted, the abdominal muscles will be repaired. A second incision is sometimes necessary around the belly button to remove excess skin. Once this is finished, the upper abdomen skin is pulled down and the extra skin is trimmed. A new opening for the belly button is created. 

What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a popular surgical procedure where breast implants are used to increase the size of your breasts or restore volume. It is also a popular procedure for individuals after excessive weight loss or pregnancy. This procedure can increase fullness, improve balance to your figure, and the projection of your breasts. 

What is the procedure like?
After a sedative is given, Inconspicuous incisions are made to minimize visual scarring. Popular incisions include:

  • Peri-areolar incision: This is a half circle around the lower edge of the areola.
  • Infra-mammary incision: This is made in the fold where the lower part of the breast meets the chest wall.
  • Trans-axillary Incision: This is made in the armpit. Once the incision is made a channel to the breast is created, as well as a pocket for the implant.

Your doctor will discuss the best option for you based on desired breast size and the type of implant. After the incision is made, an implant made of a silicone outer shell will be placed into a pocket. This is either, under the pectoral muscle, or directly behind the breast tissue over the pectoral muscle. The implant will be filled with a saline solution until the desired size is reached. Once the incision is closed, drainage tubes may be inserted to remove excess liquid.

What is liposuction?

Often shortened to "lipo" by both doctors and patients, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure offered by your Oak Brook and Naperville plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, that eliminates excess fat deposits that have built up around the thighs, hips, abdomen, back, upper arms and even the chin and neck.

What is the procedure like?
A liposuction procedure  starts with an infusion of local anesthetic to help to numb the targeted areas. Tiny incisions in the skin will allow a thin tube, called a cannula, to loosen the structure of the fat deposits, which will then be suctioned out of the body through a vacuum attached to the tube. Your Oak Brook and Naperville plastic surgeon will discuss your goals with you and evaluate your condition to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction. Generally, healthy adult patients whose weight falls within 30% of where they want to be - for example, a person who weighs about 220 pounds and whose target weight is 150 would fit into this category - and who are dealing with stubborn areas of fat that don't respond to good diet and exercise habits make excellent candidates.

If you're wondering about any of these procedures, we encourage you to contact Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Oak Brook and Naperville, IL to set up a consultation with Dr. Alexandrina Saulis. We look forward to helping you!

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.
August 24, 2015
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: abdominoplasty  

AbdominoplastyFind out what you need to do to prepare for your upcoming cosmetic surgery.

Many patients complain about that pesky belly fat that they just can’t seem to get rid of, no matter how much dieting and exercising they do. While having excess fat around the middle can certainly affect your confidence, your Elmhurst plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis has the answer to how to get rid of this problem once and for all. Find out how to prepare for your upcoming abdominoplasty.

Also known as a tummy tuck, this cosmetic procedure performed by your Elmhurst plastic surgeon removes stubborn fat from around the midsection, a challenging area of the body for weight loss. Before your procedure, there are certain things you will need to do to start preparing:

Stay healthy: It’s important that you remain at your absolute healthiest prior to your surgery. By getting rest and eating well, you can protect yourself against infections. If you do become ill before your procedure, it’s important to tell to your Oak Brook plastic surgeon right away.

Quit smoking: Smoking can impede the recovery process, which means that you may experience post-surgical symptoms longer than someone who doesn’t smoke. Talk to your Hinsdale cosmetic surgeon about the best ways to help you quit smoking so that your recovery goes smoothly.

Get prescriptions filled: If there are any medications that we have prescribed for after your surgery (e.g. pain medications; antibiotics) you will want to have those at your disposal. Don’t wait until after your procedure to fill your medications. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, it will be easy to treat your problems right away rather than waiting for your medication to be filled.

Stop taking certain medications: If you are taking any over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like aspirin or Ibuprofen, as well as supplements like St. John’s wort, you will need to stop taking these medications about five days before your surgery. That’s why it’s imperative that you tell your Oak Brook plastic surgeon about all medications and vitamins you are currently taking so you know which ones are safe to take before and after your tummy tuck.

Have post-surgical supplies ready: It’s important to get your home set up and at your disposal to accommodate your healing needs after your procedure. You may feel tired or sore and want to ease your symptoms with certain medical supplies. Have them already at your bedside or where ever you will use them most prior to your surgery.

Don’t eat after midnight: As your Elmhurst cosmetic surgeon will tell you, it’s important that you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery.

Before your procedure, your Hinsdale plastic surgeon will sit down with you and discuss everything you will need to know to prepare you for your abdominoplasty. If you are interested in finding out if this procedure is right for you, or if you have questions about your upcoming procedure, then call Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, S.C.


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