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
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.

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 to request an appointment from the convenience of your computer or a mobile browser.
By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, S.C.
March 21, 2014
Category: Plastic Surgery

abdominoplastyIf you have tried dieting and regular exercise, but fail to see the flat, toned core you want, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis might have the procedure for you—abdominoplasty in Naperville. Commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty is designed to remove excess fat and loose skin, as well as restore your abdominal muscles.  With the cold weather, now is the best time for you to undergo treatment in the Naperville area for abdominoplasty, since you won’t have to worry about hitting the beach.

Before undergoing surgery, it is important that you learn as much about abdominoplasty in Naperville as possible so that you can better understand your procedure.  Let’s take a look at the top five facts about abdominoplasty you should know:

1.     There is more than one type of abdominoplasty procedure – just like other surgery options, abdominoplasty can take the form of different procedures. You can focus on the lower abdomen to tighten loose skin, or remove excess skin while tightening underlying muscles.  Our Naperville area Board Certified plastic surgeon will work with you to determine the best procedure for you individual goals.

2.     Recovery will last several weeks – Once your procedure is complete, your recovery time will typically last longer than other cosmetic surgeries.  Depending on the extent of your surgery, you may need assistance at home for up to five days, with full recovery taking up to three weeks.  Dr. Saulis will go over recovery instructions with you before and after your procedure.

3.     This is not a way to lose weight – Before you undergo your abdominoplasty in Naperville, you should lose weight.  It is important to not rely on this surgery to resolve any long-standing weight loss issues. 

4.     Results are permanent – While this surgery is permanent, it is important to avoid big fluctuations in your weight. 

5.     Abdominoplasty is for men, too – While abdominoplasty is a popular procedure among women, men also suffer from loose muscles and sagging skin that aren’t improved by exercise or diet.

If you are in search of tighter abdominal muscles after you have grown discouraged from excessive dieting and exercising that yield no results, abdominoplasty might be what you are looking for. Contact Dr. Alexandrina Saulis for more information on abdominoplasty and to see if you are a candidate for this procedure.


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