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
February 26, 2018
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: Liposuction  

Find out if this is the right procedure for removing excess weight and getting the body you want.liposuction

We know that losing weight isn’t an easy task. While working out regularly and eating a healthy balanced diet are certainly crucial factors for leading a healthier life and shedding the pounds, we know that dealing with stubborn areas of fat can be frustrating and can impact your self-esteem. Our Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis is here to explain more about liposuction and what could make you an ideal candidate for this procedure.

What is liposuction?

This surgical procedure is used to remove fat from one or more areas of the body to reshape and contour the body the way you want. Liposuction can be performed virtually anywhere and is most commonly used to treat stubborn fat around the buttock, stomach, sides, thighs, back, neck and chin.

A small instrument is placed under the skin and the fat is suctioned out using this vacuum-like tool. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so the patient will be completely asleep.

What makes someone a good candidate for liposuction?

When people hear liposuction they often think of it as a way to lose weight, but it’s important that you don’t see this cosmetic procedure as a weight loss solution. It is truly meant to enhance and contour the body, but it shouldn’t be considered a treatment for obesity because the results are too subtle. Good skin elasticity and those within 30 percent of their ideal body weight are good candidates for liposuction.

If you are a healthy individual who is realistic about the goals you want to achieve through cosmetic surgery in Hinsdale, IL, then liposuction could give you with the results you want. If you are dealing with chronic health problems then you may be at a higher risk for certain surgical complications, so we will need to perform a thorough medical evaluation beforehand to determine whether liposuction is safe for you.

Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers comprehensive cosmetic care to meet all of your aesthetic needs. We are proud to serve the Hinsdale, Naperville, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, areas. Schedule a consultation with us and get a new you for the New Year.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
February 09, 2017
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: Liposuction  

Diet and exercise is essential in shedding extra pounds, but sometimes, it just doesn't get rid of stubborn fat. Liposuction, a cosmetic liposuctionprocedure used to remove fat deposits, offers an effective way to improve your physique. Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, your Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon, shares some information on the liposuction procedure.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction uses a suction device to remove fat deposits from your body and reshape your contours. It can be performed on an in-patient or out-patient basis and is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as tummy tucks. Up to six to eight pounds of fat can be removed during one liposuction procedure. An additional procedure may be recommended if multiple areas need to be treated.

Liposuction is commonly used to remove from fat from the waist and abdomen but is also a good choice if you're concerned about the appearance of your knees, upper arms, buttocks, chest, back, chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms, chest or back. Although liposuction is very effective in removing fat, it has no effect on cellulite.

What happens during the procedure?

You'll receive either local or general anesthetic prior to the procedure. Your Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst plastic surgeon will make a small incision and insert the cannula, a hollow tube that loosens the fat, allowing it to be removed with a surgical vacuum. Your surgeon may also use saline solution, ultrasound or laser energy to loosen or liquefy fat.

It will take a month or two for swelling to improve. Until it does, you won't be able to see the full effects of the procedure. Pain, bruising, swelling, numbness and stiffness are common after the liposuction treatment, but these symptoms usually get better in just a few days. Many people return to work in a week or less after liposuction.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction is a good choice if you:

  • Are within 30 percent of your goal weight
  • Have elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Don't have diabetes, lupus, heart or lung disease or other diseases
  • Don't smoke
  • Have realistic expectations

Get the body you deserve with liposuction. Call Dr. Saulis, your Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon, at (630) 920-9404 to schedule a consultation and examination.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
August 22, 2016
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: Liposuction  

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that removes fat cells to improve the contours of your body. Patients frequently request liposuction to liposuctionchange the look of their thighs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, back, face or legs. Liposuction can be a great way to get a body you love, but it’s important to understand what it can and can’t do. Learn more from your Oak Brook and Naperville, IL plastic surgeon.

Who Should Get Liposuction?

Liposuction is most effective for people who have a generally stable weight, and are no more than slightly overweight. Ideal candidates are in good physical condition, have tight and flexible skin and do not suffer from immune or circulatory disorders. Even if you're not an ideal candidate, it may still be possible to get positive results from liposuction. Talk to your Naperville and Oak Brook plastic surgeon to find out if it could be the right treatment for you.

Liposuction does not treat obesity. It can perfect the shape of areas that just aren’t responding to diet and exercise, but it isn't designed to reduce your overall weight. If you’re looking to lose weight throughout your body, start with making changes to your diet and exercise routine. If that doesn’t work, bariatric surgery may be a better alternative to liposuction.

Skin irregularities won't be solved by liposuction, either. If you’re worried about the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks or skin folds, liposuction may not be the best choice for you. Cellulite in particular is often worsened by liposuction. However, it is possible to remove excess skin if you choose to combine your liposuction with other cosmetic procedures.

How Long Will My Results Last?

The results of liposuction can potentially be permanent, but it’s also possible to regain fat if your weight changes in the future. For this reason, you should be sure you’re committed to maintaining a healthy weight long-term before undergoing liposuction.

Naperville Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most frequently requested plastic surgery procedures due its aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting results. For liposuction in Naperville and Oak Brook, IL, request your consultation with Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, or call (630) 920-9404 today.

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 13, 2015
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: Liposuction  

Find out more about getting liposuction in Naperville before you decide.

Was your resolution to lose weight this year? Did you start going to the gym more often and change your diet just to find that it was harder to lose that weight than you thought? Instead of throwing in the towel know that you have other options. There are just someLiposuction areas of the body that simple lifestyle changes just can’t change. If you’re ready to turn to cosmetic surgery, then consider how getting liposuction in Naperville could help.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat to help contour and tighten certain areas of the body to enhance and improve your overall shape.

What areas can liposuction target effectively?

Liposuction is most commonly performed on the stomach, thighs, hips and buttocks. However, calves, cheeks, backs and arms can also benefit from this treatment.

Does liposuction hurt?

You will be given a local anesthesia before the procedure starts to reduce any discomfort you may experience. A sedative may also be recommended to help nervous patients relax during their treatment. You will most likely experience some pain and swelling after liposuction; however, we can prescribe pain medications to help reduce your symptoms.

What should I expect from my liposuction treatment in Naperville?

Once the anesthesia is administered we will make tiny incisions in the areas of the body you wish to target. Then we will place thin plastic tubes called cannulas into these small incisions to gently suction out the fat. While local anesthesia is almost always administered, if you are opting to treat a large area of the body, we may recommend a general anesthesia instead. However, the majority of these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

How long will my recovery time be?

While everyone’s recovery process is different, you will experience some post-procedural swelling and pain. However, this will subside over the course of one week to ten days.

We can provide medications to lessen the pain. You may also be expected to wear a compression wrap for a few weeks after. Patients can return to their everyday activity as soon as they feel able; however, some people may find that it takes a couple weeks for a full recovery.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Those looking to remove unsightly bulges from specific parts of their body can benefit from this treatment; however, be honest about your treatment expectations and keep in mind that while liposuction can improve the overall shape of your body, it is not a weight loss treatment and it is not a treatment for obesity. We still recommended keeping up with a healthy diet and routine exercise to stay healthy.

If liposuction sounds like it aligns perfectly with your cosmetic goals, the next step is to talk to your Naperville cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina S. Saulis, M.D., F.A.C.S at Hinsdale Plastic Surgery. Call us to schedule a consultation.

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