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
August 10, 2021
Category: Abdominoplasty

Find out more about our tummy tuck procedure to find out if it’s right for you.

When it comes to getting plastic surgery, our Elmhurst, IL, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis wants her patients to be well informed and confident in any treatment they receive. Of course, this also means providing patients with the most accurate and in-depth information possible so they can make the right decisions for themselves regarding their health, confidence and appearance. If you’ve been thinking about abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, here are some things you should know first,

You’ll Need to Be Close to Your Goal Weight

While abdominoplasty can be a great way to tighten and contour the body, it’s important to recognize that this procedure is not a weight-loss strategy or fat-reduction surgery such as liposuction. To be considered a good candidate for an abdominoplasty, you’ll need to be within 10-15 pounds of your healthy ideal weight in order to receive the most benefit from this procedure.

There Will Be a Scar

While Dr. Saulis always utilizes the most advanced and latest surgical techniques, even so, there will be a scar left behind (as with any surgery). This hip-to-hip scar will fade over time, and there are creams that can help to speed up the fading process; however, since the scar does run from hip to hip, this means that it won’t be visible when wearing clothes or even a bikini, but it’s still important to recognize that you will have a scar.

You’ll Need Time to Heal

After surgery, the most important thing you can do for yourself and your body is to give yourself ample rest and recovery time. You will want to take a few days off work after your surgery so that you can focus on healing. You will also need to avoid any strenuous activities including heavy lifting for the next six weeks. Our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon will give you the green light when it’s safe to return to your physical and everyday activities.

Your Health is Our Top Priority

We understand that nothing is more important than your health. Since the pandemic, we’ve taken additional precautions and safety measures to ensure that our patients always feel safe and protected while at our practice. We have increased cleaning and sanitizing methods to follow CDC guidelines. We have limited the number of patients we see in a day and all of our staff are wearing the appropriate PPE. If you are feeling ill, we ask that you call us right away to reschedule your appointment.

Whether you are interested in getting a tummy tuck or a breast lift, our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Saulis prides herself on providing the latest and most advanced techniques to give you a more confident appearance. Dr. Saulis and the team at Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are proud to serve the Elmhurst, Oakbrook and Hinsdale, IL, areas. To schedule an abdominoplasty consultation with us, simply call (630) 920-9404 today.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
October 25, 2018
Category: Plastic Surgery
Tags: abdominoplasty   tummy tuck  

Could a tummy tuck provide you with the tighter figure you want?

There are many people out there that despite a healthy diet and regular exercise aren’t seeing the results they want, particularly around abdominoplastytheir midsection. There are a lot of factors that play into excess fat and skin around the stomach and sides; fortunately, our Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis offers abdominoplasty to help you achieve the appearance you are looking for.

What is abdominoplasty?

You’ve probably heard of an abdominoplasty being called by its colloquial name, “tummy tuck”. The goal of our Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, cosmetic surgeon is to make your stomach flatter by removing excess fat and skin while also tightening the abdominal muscles.

Even though an abdominoplasty shouldn’t be confused with liposuction, this is still considered a major surgery so it’s important to know more about it before deciding whether it’s right for you.

What happens during an abdominoplasty?

This will depend on whether you are getting a complete or partial abdominoplasty. During a complete tummy tuck, an incision will be made across the stomach from hipbone to hipbone. From there, we will remove excess fat and skin from the area while also repositioning the belly button.

If you are dealing with excess fat just below the navel, then a partial abdominoplasty may be all you need. While we will still remove excess fat and skin from this area, we won’t need to move the belly button.

How long is the recovery period?

You will have to wear a binder around your stomach for several weeks, which will provide the area with support and prevent fluid from building up. You will need to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity during your recovery period.

You will continue to come in for follow-up appointments to make sure everything is healing properly. During this time we can chat with you about when it might be safe to return to your regular physical activities.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Healthy men and women who are looking to remove excess fat and skin around their midsections may find a tummy tuck to be the best treatment option for them. This can be a great cosmetic treatment for women who have excess skin or weakening abdominal muscles due to pregnancies, as well as patients who used to be obese but lost a lot of weight and are dealing with loose skin as a result.

A tummy tuck isn’t ideal for patients who still want to lose a lot of weight or for patients who are still considering getting pregnant, as pregnancy can affect the results of your abdominoplasty.

Dr. Alexandrina Saulis is proud to offer comprehensive cosmetic surgery in Hinsdale, Naperville, Oak Brook and Elmhurst, IL. Call Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today if you are ready to find out whether you could be a good candidate for abdominoplasty.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, S.C.
February 13, 2015
Category: Abdominoplasty
Tags: tummy tuck  

Do you have stubborn and unwanted flab in areas that make you think twice about wearing your favorite two-piece out in public? If you've got a belly and are tired of feeling self-conscious about it, then it's time you did something about it - and abdominal plastic surgery is just the thing you need.

Otherwise known as a "tummy tuck," abdominoplasty both eliminates excess flab and tightens the surrounding muscles, which is Abdominoplastydifferent from liposuction because it doesn't stop at removing the fat.

Check out a few interesting facts that your Naperville area plastic surgeon Alexandrina S. Saulis, M.D., F.A.C.S, wants you to know about abdominoplasty:

How Does It Work?

A total tummy tuck is performed with the use of general anesthesia. Once the patient is unconscious, the plastic surgeon will make a horizontal incision along the person's waistline extending from one hip bone to the other. Next, the surgeon gently splits the skin from the abdominal wall. After tightening the muscles in the area, the surgeon will remove the excess fat before closing the flap of flesh. Finally, sutures are used to close up the incision site.

What Will My Immediate Recovery Period Look Like?

Immediately following the procedure, your plastic surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to avoid the risk of infection. This is done with all surgeries. Occasionally, drainage tubes help remove excess fluid for the first few days post-surgery. Abdominal stitches will be removed no later than a week after surgery, and oftentimes sooner. Despite being a major surgery, most tummy tuck patients are back to normal within a month, and their scar will begin to fade a few short months later. Continued exercise will help tone the abdominal muscle from that point forward.

If you feel it's time for a tummy tuck, then Dr. Saulis is ready to bring you the long-term answers you've been seeking at Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, S.C. As a leading expert in plastic surgeries, Dr. Saulis is waiting for your tubby tummy, so give her a call today at (630) 920-9404 for great results in the Naperville area.

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.


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