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
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
September 05, 2019
Category: Plastic Surgery

If you’re considering a tummy tuck here’s what you should know about this popular cosmetic surgery.

From multiple pregnancies to losing a significant amount of weight quickly, there are many reasons someone might choose to get an abdominoplastyabdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck. Our Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis understands that anyone interested in cosmetic surgery will have questions before deciding whether this is the right treatment option for them. Here are some questions about tummy tucks answered.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure in which our plastic surgeon will remove excess tissue and skin from the stomach to create tighter, firmer results around the midsection.

Is a tummy tuck different than liposuction?

It’s important to make the distinction between a tummy tuck and procedures that are designed to help patients with weight loss. While liposuction can be used to remove a significant amount of fat from an area of the body, a tummy tuck is a far more conservative option for those who are dealing with some bulging around the abdomen due to loose skin and excess fat. People should already be within a healthy, stable weight range before undergoing a tummy tuck.

How long is the recovery period?

Most patients will need to take one to two weeks off from work after surgery. Of course, there are many factors that can affect how long it takes for a patient to heal. For about six weeks you will wear a binder around your stomach to provide support and to reduce fluid buildup. You will also need to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for several weeks.

How long do results last?

As with any cosmetic surgery, the goal is to create long-lasting and even permanent results. It’s important that after surgery that you maintain a healthy weight by participating in regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet. If patients choose not to follow a healthier lifestyle they may find that their results do not last as long or are reversed over time. A tummy tuck cannot prevent the natural effects of aging.

Who is a good candidate for treatment?

As with any cosmetic treatment, an ideal candidate will have realistic goals and expectations regarding their treatment and the results they are looking to achieve. It’s important to understand that a tummy tuck will not help you lose weight and should not be considered a weight-loss tool.

An abdominoplasty is designed to help those who are within their ideal weight remove excess, sagging skin while improving the shape and contour of the body. Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, our plastic surgeon Dr. Saulis will perform a physical examination to determine whether a tummy tuck is the right option for you.

Are you ready to find out if abdominoplasty is right for you? If you are living in the Oakbrook, Hinsdale or Elmhurst, IL, area, then call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Saulis.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
October 25, 2018
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: abdominoplasty   tummy tuck  

Could a tummy tuck provide you with the tighter figure you want?

There are many people out there that despite a healthy diet and regular exercise aren’t seeing the results they want, particularly around abdominoplastytheir midsection. There are a lot of factors that play into excess fat and skin around the stomach and sides; fortunately, our Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis offers abdominoplasty to help you achieve the appearance you are looking for.

What is abdominoplasty?

You’ve probably heard of an abdominoplasty being called by its colloquial name, “tummy tuck”. The goal of our Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, cosmetic surgeon is to make your stomach flatter by removing excess fat and skin while also tightening the abdominal muscles.

Even though an abdominoplasty shouldn’t be confused with liposuction, this is still considered a major surgery so it’s important to know more about it before deciding whether it’s right for you.

What happens during an abdominoplasty?

This will depend on whether you are getting a complete or partial abdominoplasty. During a complete tummy tuck, an incision will be made across the stomach from hipbone to hipbone. From there, we will remove excess fat and skin from the area while also repositioning the belly button.

If you are dealing with excess fat just below the navel, then a partial abdominoplasty may be all you need. While we will still remove excess fat and skin from this area, we won’t need to move the belly button.

How long is the recovery period?

You will have to wear a binder around your stomach for several weeks, which will provide the area with support and prevent fluid from building up. You will need to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity during your recovery period.

You will continue to come in for follow-up appointments to make sure everything is healing properly. During this time we can chat with you about when it might be safe to return to your regular physical activities.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Healthy men and women who are looking to remove excess fat and skin around their midsections may find a tummy tuck to be the best treatment option for them. This can be a great cosmetic treatment for women who have excess skin or weakening abdominal muscles due to pregnancies, as well as patients who used to be obese but lost a lot of weight and are dealing with loose skin as a result.

A tummy tuck isn’t ideal for patients who still want to lose a lot of weight or for patients who are still considering getting pregnant, as pregnancy can affect the results of your abdominoplasty.

Dr. Alexandrina Saulis is proud to offer comprehensive cosmetic surgery in Hinsdale, Naperville, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL. Call Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today if you are ready to find out whether you could be a good candidate for abdominoplasty.

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
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.



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