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
November 11, 2019
Category: Breast Reduction
Tags: Breast Reduction  

With female celebrities openly discussing the benefits of their breast reductions, more and more women are considering whether a breast breast reductionreduction might be right for them.

In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of breast reductions has risen by 157 percent between 1997 and 2013. So, what is involved in breast reduction and who might benefit? Read on to find out, and call Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, if you are interested in the procedure.

What is involved in a breast reduction?

A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during the procedure. The “anchor-shaped incision” is located around the nipple areolar complex, (lifting it to a higher position), a vertical one located below the lifted nipple areolar complexes (narrowing the breast), and a transverse one located below the breast which resulting in the “breast lift” in a breast reduction removing the loose excess skin left after the breast gland had been reduced. After the procedure, steristrips will be placed on the anchor incisions. A drainage tube & grenade, as well as a local anesthesia infusion pain pump (On-Q pain pump), will be placed for 2-3 days after surgery to prevent fluid buildup and manage post-operative pain minimizing the need for narcotic medication use after surgery. Oral pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed to relieve any residual pain and prevent infection after surgery. A 23 hour overnight stay is recommended after surgery but not absolutely necessary. 

Breast reduction surgery can take anywhere from two to three hours with Dr. Saulis depending on the size of the breast being reduced. 

What is the recovery process like?

You will be sore for 2-3 days after surgery. The pain pump with local anesthesia will help minimize the pain you feel. You will also need to wear a loose-fitting support bra and protect your incision lines with gauze for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Additionally, you must avoid any rigorous or rapid upper extremity activities such as elliptical training, running or vacuuming for a minimum of two weeks after surgery. 

Who should consider a breast reduction?

Women who have large breasts may experience frequent or even daily pain in their upper back, neck, and shoulders. They may also experience rashes between or below their breasts. If this type of pain or skin rash is a normal part of your life then you may want to consider a breast reduction, which can improve everything from sleeping to exercising.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
June 13, 2019
Category: Breast Reduction
Tags: Breast Reduction  

Considering getting a breast reduction? Here’s what you should know.

When most people think about plastic surgery they often think about breast implants; however, there are some women who are dealingBreast reduction with breasts that are so disproportionately large that they experience regular aches and pains and even posture problems. For these women, getting a breast reduction from our Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis may improve their physique and confidence.


What happens during breast reduction surgery?

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that is designed to reduce the size and weight of your breasts to improve your overall physical proportions so that your breasts compliment the rest of your physique. Breast reduction surgery can also prevent sagging as a result of large, heavy breasts, and even improve the shape and symmetry if one of your breasts is visibly larger than the other. To do this, our plastic surgeon will need to remove both tissue and fat from the breasts.


When should I consider a breast reduction?

Many patients come in to see us because they are dealing with back, neck or shoulder pain as a result of large breasts. You may find that it’s difficult to be physically active or that it’s challenging to find bras or swimwear that fit just right. If these are all challenges you face and it’s taken a toll on your self-esteem and quality of life then it’s time to talk to us about whether you’re an ideal candidate for a breast reduction.


What is involved in breast reduction surgery?

This is an outpatient procedure performed either under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. There are several techniques from which to choose and the technique that we perform will depend on certain factors such as how large your breasts are and how significant the reduction will be. We would be happy to discuss the right reduction surgery technique for you during your consultation.


If you are considering whether or not you could benefit from a breast reduction and want to talk to a plastic surgeon that can help you decide the best treatment for you, then call our office today at 630-920-9404. Dr. Saulis offers comprehensive plastic and reconstructive surgery to those living in the Oakbrook, Hinsdale and Elmhurst, IL, areas.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
October 23, 2018
Category: Breast Reduction
Tags: Breast Reduction  

Find out if getting a breast reduction could actually be beneficial to your health.

Even though breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries around, some women are looking to get a breast breast reductionreduction. There are many reasons why women may want to reduce the size of their breasts. Our Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis can show you several benefits of choosing breast reduction surgery:

Reduce Discomfort

If you are a woman who is petite but has large breasts then you may experience regular discomfort throughout the day. You may regularly battle neck, shoulder and back pain, as a result. It may even hamper your ability to exercise without discomfort or pain. If you are an athlete this can be particularly frustrating. If you find that you are experiencing new or worsening back or neck pain as a result of your breasts then you may want to consider talking to our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon about whether a breast reduction could get rid of your regular aches and pains.

Improve Symmetry

It’s not uncommon for most women to have one breast that is larger than the other; however, many women don’t even notice the subtle change. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for everyone. Sometimes the shape and size of the breasts are completely different and it’s a source of embarrassment. Luckily, breast reduction surgery can help contour and reshape the breast so they are both symmetrical and even.

Boost Your Confidence

This is one of the biggest benefits of getting cosmetic surgery. If you find yourself avoiding social situations or hiding behind layers of clothes because your breasts embarrass you, then getting this simple surgical procedure could finally help you get the look you want to feel more confident in yourself and your body.

If you are interested in getting breast reduction surgery in the Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, areas and want to talk to Dr. Saulis to find out if this is the right treatment option for you then call our office today and let us know that you are interested in getting a breast reduction. We would be happy to schedule a consultation. Call 630-920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
May 02, 2017
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: Breast Reduction  

While for many women large breasts are what they desire, for others they may lead to discomfort. Whether because of back, shoulder or breast reductionneck pain, poor posture or a rash around the breasts, all of these things and more may lead to a woman wanting breast reduction surgery from our Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis. Oftentimes, physical activities may be restricted and wearing or fitting into comfortable clothes can be difficult. For these women, breast reduction surgery may be the answer.

About Breast Reduction Surgery

The surgery can be performed on an inpatient and outpatient basis. In many instances, the surgery may be medically necessary and may be covered by one's insurance company. With breast reduction surgery, general anesthesia is used. Our Elmhurst, IL plastic surgeon Dr. Saulis will make an anchor-shaped incision around the areola vertically and then horizontally across the crease below the breast. Any breast tissue, fat or excess skin is removed to reach the desired size of the patient. Stitches are used to close the incision. If the reduction is dramatic, the areola may need to be removed and re-positioned on the breast itself. The surgery lasts about three hours.

In terms of recovery, drainage tubes are inserted into the breasts to help remove excess fluid the first few days after breast reduction surgery. A dressing will cover this area. Sensitivity, bruising and swelling is normal for the first few weeks post-op. Stitches are removed about 7 to 10 days after surgery. No strenuous activity or heavy lifting is allowed for a period of up to four weeks, and most patients go back to work in one to two weeks depending on what type of work they do.

Don't suffer any longer! For more information on breast reduction surgery from our Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, schedule an appointment by calling 630-920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, S.C.
November 04, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Breast Reduction  

Some women are affected by discomfort due to oversized breasts every day. From back pain to ill-fitting clothing, complaints can vary widely. Breast reduction surgery, which removes some tissue and fat from the breasts to make them smaller, can be life changing for Breast Reduction many women. With help from your Naperville, IL plastic surgeon, you can arm yourself with knowledge in order to transition into a more comfortable life after breast reduction surgery.

Am I a good candidate for breast reduction surgery? 
Since breast reduction surgery is considered a major surgery, candidates should be in good general health, free of active diseases and pre-existing conditions. If you have frequent back or neck aches, have disproportionate breasts, regularly experience numbness due to the weight of your breasts, notice indentations from your bra straps or are generally unhappy with the size of your breasts, you may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery.

How does breast reduction surgery work? 
Breast reduction surgery differs from case to case, but the major steps of the procedure remain the same. General anesthesia is used to put you to “sleep” during the surgery. The surgery can take from two to five hours. Your surgeon will make cuts around the nipple and down the breast, removing extra skin, tissue and fat. The nipple is then moved into a new location according to the new size of the breast, and the breasts are stitched up and wrapped for recovery.

What is the recovery like? 
Like any other major surgery, recovery time varies with the patient, but usually takes several weeks. Followup appointments will be scheduled to change your dressings, check progress and remove any drainage tubes your doctor may have used. You should avoid physical activity and lifting heavy objects for at least a month.

When will I see results? 
While the swelling may take some time to subside, you will see results immediately.

The easiest way to find out more about breast reduction surgery is with a consultation with your Naperville, IL surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina S. Saulis, M.D., F.A.C.S. at Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This consultation is your chance to have all of your questions answered and your concerns addressed. Call (630) 920-9404 to schedule an appointment today!


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