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

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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, 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.
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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