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: Breast Augmentation

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
September 22, 2020

Interested in getting breast augmentation surgery? Here’s what to expect.

As we continue to navigate through this current coronavirus situation, we also know that nothing is more important for our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis and her team than to be able to provide quality cosmetic and restorative surgery to patients who need it most. Our office is open, and we are following all CDC safety guidelines and protocols to make sure that every patient that walks through our door feels safe and comfortable. We have office procedures in place to reduce COVID-19 infection risks, including limiting patient consultations to minimize exposure in our waiting rooms as well as rigorous cleaning of the office between patients.

Are you right for breast augmentation?

There are many factors that our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon will need to take into account in order to figure out whether breast augmentation is right for you. Some of the factors that will determine your candidacy include,

Your overall health

As with any cosmetic procedure, we first want to make sure that you are in the best health possible before undergoing surgery. Any current health problems that you are dealing with will need to be properly treated before we can begin treatment. Make sure to talk with our surgeon about your medical history to make sure you are healthy enough for breast augmentation surgery.

Your habits

Our goal is to make sure that you heal as quickly as possible, so we will also ask you about your lifestyle and habits to determine if any bad habits could impede the healing process or make recovery more difficult. Two ways to ensure a smooth breast augmentation recovery is to quit smoking prior to surgery and to avoid alcohol during this time.

Your goals are realistic

Breast augmentation, as well as all of the cosmetic and reconstructive services we offer here in Elmhurst, IL, can provide amazing, permanent results; however, it’s also important to recognize what breast augmentation can and can’t do so you fully understand the results. If you have questions about this surgery, we would be happy to discuss these with you during your consultation.

You want larger, fuller, and even breasts

While most women assume that breast augmentation is designed to increase the size and volume of small breasts, this procedure can also help to improve the appearance of asymmetrical and sagging breasts. Women who have had surgery in the past for breast cancer may also be able to improve their appearance through breast augmentation after their cancer has been properly treated (talk with your plastic surgeon to learn more).

Your safety is paramount with Dr. Saulis. For your initial consultation, please be aware that Dr. Saulis and her staff have and continue to focus on decreasing any risk of patient infection. If you do decide to undergo a breast augmentation you’ll be in safe, trustworthy hands. All surgeries are performed at two JACHO approved hospitals: Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Hinsdale Hospital. Both of these hospitals are national leaders in patient satisfaction and low infection rates.

Are you looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon that provides comprehensive plastic surgery in Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst, IL? If so, call Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at (630) 920-9404 to book your consultation with Dr. Alexandrina Saulis.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
April 14, 2020

Find out what factors could make you a good candidate for breast augmentation.

Whether you’ve already decided that breast implants are right for you or you are just in the beginning stages of your research, it’s breat augmentationimportant to understand breast augmentation, what it can (and can’t do) and who is an ideal candidate for treatment. Scheduling a simple cosmetic evaluation with our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis is typically the first step. We understand some patients may have concerns about the current COVID crisis, rest assured that your health and safety are our number one priority. We are working to reduce COVID-19 infection risks. We have office procedures in place, including limiting patient consultations to minimize exposure in our waiting rooms as well as rigorous cleaning of the office between patients. Through every step of your aesthetic procedure, we strive to provide the best service possible to our patients while reducing any risk of infection.

If you are considering a breast augmentation, some factors to consider include,

  • Your health: An ideal candidate will be in good physical health. We will go through your medical history during your consultation. It’s important to let us know about any preexisting health problems (e.g. diabetes; heart disease) and any current medications you are taking.
  • Your expectations: While plastic surgery can provide some pretty incredible results it’s also important to be realistic about your expectations. During your consultation, our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon will discuss your treatment goals to make sure they align with what breast augmentation can offer.
  • Your weight: An ideal candidate will already be within their ideal weight and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Since significant weight fluctuations may alter results and your appearance, it’s important that you are leading a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Your age: While it’s never too late to consider breast augmentation it’s important that patients are at least 18 years old before they consider surgery. Breasts will need to be fully developed before cosmetic surgery can be considered.
  • Safety: Be assured that your safety is paramount with Dr. Saulis as we enter the post-COVID19 pandemic period. For your initial consultation, please be aware that Dr. Saulis and her staff have and continue to focus on decreasing any risk of patient infection. This includes rigorous office space cleaning between patients and limiting patient consultations to minimize exposure in our waiting rooms. 
You can also take comfort in knowing that all surgeries are performed at two JACHO approved hospitals: Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Hinsdale Hospital. Both of these hospitals are national leaders in low infection rates and patient satisfaction. 
Rest assured that as a patient with Dr. Saulis the utmost attention will be directed toward your safety and maximally reducing infection risks for aesthetic surgery.

 

 

Breast augmentation can enhance and improve your appearance in many ways including,

  • Improving the fullness, roundness and volume of small breasts
  • Fixing asymmetrical or disproportionally shaped breasts
  • Enhancing the overall shape of the breasts (in areas that may not look as full)
  • Reconstructing the shape and appearance of your breasts after a mastectomy (to treat breast cancer)

If you are interested in getting breast augmentation in Elmhurst, Oakbrook, Hinsdale or the surrounding Western suburbs, then schedule your consultation with our qualified plastic surgeon. Call Dr. Alexandrina Saulis at Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at (630) 920-9404 to find out if breast augmentation is right for you.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
January 29, 2020

Getting breast implants could help you feel more confident in your appearance.

If having small breasts makes you feel self-conscious about your appearance and you want to feel more confident you aren’t alone. In fact, breast augmentationbreast augmentation continues to be the most popular cosmetic procedure that our Elmhurst, IL, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis offers. Each year, more than 300,000 women across the US get breast implants. Are you wondering if breast augmentation may be right for you?

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure in which our plastic surgeon places a silicone or saline-filled implant within the breast to increase the size and improve the shape of your breasts right here in her Elmhurst, IL, practice. During your consultation, Dr. Saulis will learn more about your treatment goals, including your desired implant shape and size, to make sure that you get the results you’re looking for.

During your consultation, not only will we discuss the overall shape and size you are looking to achieve with breast implants, but also the type of implant (saline vs. silicone) we will use and how the implant will be placed (either under or over the muscle of the breast).

Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

So, you have decided that breast implants are right for you. Congratulations! The next step is to consider whether you are the ideal candidate for this procedure. A good candidate will have realistic expectations regarding the results they will receive through treatment. Furthermore, women must be healthy and not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

While many women who turn to breast implants often do so aesthetic enhancement, some women also choose to undergo breast augmentation after significant weight loss or after pregnancy, both of which can drastically change the size of your breasts. If your breasts are asymmetrical, breast implants can also improve the shape so they are even.

Interested? Give us a call

Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Elmhurst, IL, is proud to provide comprehensive cosmetic surgery from a board-certified plastic surgeon to patients living in and around Oak Brook, Naperville, Hinsdale, and the surrounding Western suburbs. If you want to learn more about breast augmentation then call our office at (630) 920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
March 11, 2019

Wondering whether breast augmentation could improve your appearance? Learn more.

Here in the Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst, IL area, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis and the rest of her teambreast augmentation want to make sure that each and every patient understand the different aesthetic options available and what’s involved. If you want to increase the size of your breasts then you may want to consider breast augmentation. Here some of the most commonly asked questions regarding this procedure:

What can breast augmentation do?

The purpose of breast augmentation surgery is to improve and enhance the size and shape of your breasts. Many women choose to get breast augmentation to improve their body’s proportions or to feel more confident in their appearance.

What’s involved in this cosmetic procedure?

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia so you will not be awake during the surgery. A subtle 2-3 inch incision will be made under the breasts and a silicone-based implant will be placed into the subpectoral area of the breast, which will still make it possible to examine breast tissue during a routine mammogram without the implant causing an obstruction. In most cases, breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure and it takes anywhere from 1-2 hours to complete.

What is the recovery process like?

It’s normal to experience discomfort, swelling and bruising after your surgery. This will go away in a couple of weeks. Stitches will be placed for over a week and you may begin to slowly go back to regular activities (as long as they aren’t strenuous) within a few days. You should avoid strenuous activities for at least four weeks following the procedure. You may also be prescribed pain medication to temporarily alleviate any discomfort you experience during the healing process.

Will scars be visible?

The goal of our cosmetic surgeon is to make sure to keep scars from surgery as minimal and less visible as possible. The incision will be made under the breast so you won’t be able to see the scar and can be hidden under a bra or bikini. If you choose to get breast augmentation surgery along with another procedure such as a breast lift then the scar may be larger and more visible.

Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

A good candidate will be someone who is in good health that wants to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. It’s important that you understand what to expect from this or any cosmetic treatments they receive, and that you have realistic expectations about what breast implants can offer you. We would be happy to discuss your treatment goals with you to find out if breast augmentation is right for you.

If you are considering getting breast augmentation in the Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst, IL area, then it’s time to call our office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Alexandrina Saulis of Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
June 21, 2018
Category: Plastic Surgery

Are you thinking about breast augmentation surgery? Many women do consider it, and when they undergo the procedure, they reportbreast augmentation increased satisfaction with their personal appearance. So learn all you can first before saying yes to this common plastic surgery and consult with only the best surgeon for your procedure, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis of Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Saulis has perfected the art of breast augmentation in her Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst, IL area practice.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is an aesthetic surgery aimed at enhancing overall breast size, shape or volume. Many of Dr. Saulis' patients report a dissatisfaction with the size of their breasts when compared with their hips, or they dislike being "lopsided"--that is, one breast is noticeably larger than the other. This disparity in size often can be noticed even through a woman's clothing, with the left breast usually being the larger one.

Finally, women of child-bearing years experience a loss of breast volume after pregnancy. Alternatively, when a child is no longer nursing, a young mother's breast tissue shrinks and sags.

So the answer to these disconcerting cosmetic problems can be breast augmentation, a simple and usually successful way to change breast size and shape. This procedure is exceptionally popular as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports: approximately 290,000 surgeries of this type were performed in the United States in 2016 alone.

What's the procedure like in Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst?

To undergo this surgery, your overall health must be good, and you must be willing to be patient with the recovery time which is a full four weeks. Dr. Saulis does the surgery under general anesthesia and performs the procedure through the IMF incision under the breast. The breast implant is placed subpectoral to decrease implant contracture rates and optimize breast tissue visualization on a mammogram which is obscured with implants placed above the muscle (missing early breast cancers).

Regarding the breast implants themselves, Dr. Saulis almost exclusively uses silicone gel implants which are much more natural than saline implants and have almost double the shelf-life. Saline implants are filled on the table and have an access valve that can begin to leak after a while. Silicone gel implants are pre-filled at the Mentor factory with a double disk shield preventing any leaks or variation or change in implant volume. Also, implant "leak" and sudden rupture with deflation is avoided with silicone gel implants. They do require a larger incision (about 2-3 inches but it is well hidden in the inframammary crease and the scarring is generally excellent in time).

Many patients are trading out their saline implants for silicone gel for the above-stated reasons. In addition, silicone gel implants have a thicker rubberized silicone shell than saline filled implants, last longer, come in all volumes and three profiles and are softer and much more natural than saline. They also correct any issues of rippling a patient may have with a saline implant.

After effects

Breast augmentation in Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst does cause soreness, swelling and bruising which resolves over a period of weeks. Stitches stay in place for about ten days, and most patients take up their normal activities within several days. However, anything strenuous should be avoided for up to four weeks to ensure good healing. Dr. Saulis offers patients post op pain control with an On-Q pain pump that allows for local anesthetic or numbing medication to be used for pain after surgery. This significantly minimizes pain and reduces the recovery time, and allows patients to avoid narcotic use after surgery.

You can make an informed decision

Find out if breast augmentation is right for you with a confidential consultation with Dr. Saulis. She'll explain your options so you understand the surgery fully and can decide what's best for your health and personal appearance. Why not call Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery today for an appointment? Phone 630-920-9404 to speak with a team member.



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