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

Please explore our extensive library covering the full array of topics associated with the areas of cosmetic surgery we specialize in. We encourage you to look through these pages whenever you have an interest or concern about changing your appearance. Please be aware this is a comprehensive list of cosmetic procedures for patient education purposes and may not be available at our facility. Please inquire when scheduling your appointment about availablity.


Overcoming the post-operative pain and swelling

  • Dr. Saulis’ goal is to provide you with excellent results and a positive surgical experience. Controlling and minimizing post-operative pain is a critical factor in getting you back to normal function faster and making your experience as positive as possible.
  •  For body contouring procedures, Dr. Saulis helps control your post-operative pain by placing On-Q pain pumps catheters in the surgical site at the conclusion of the surgical procedure. These pain pumps infuse a local anesthetic continuously throughout the surgical area essentially numbing the surgical site post-operatively for about 3 days. This significant decrease in pain has resulted in a lower use of narcotics post-operatively and less subsequent post-operative nausea and vomiting. Many patients after a breast augmentation or breast reduction never even find the need to take a single narcotic tablet for pain control. These pain pumps have revolutionized medicine’s approach to post-surgical pain and should be part of your post-operative recovery.
  • For liposuction procedures, Dr. Saulis infuses the area from which fat is to be removed with a solution containing a local anesthetic. In most cases the entire procedure can be performed under a light sedation as the surgical area is completely numb. This local anesthetic is effective for 4-5 hours after surgery making the immediate post-operative period very comfortable. In most cases liposuction is much less painful than surgery requiring large skin incisions and most patients require less narcotic use in the post-operative period. 
  • Scar Management - Dr. Saulis believes active scar management post-operatively offers the best results following surgery.  Biocorneum is an integral part of scar management.  To find out more about Biocorneum scar therapy solutions go to http://www.biocorneumplus.com
Cosmetic and plastic surgery are not panaceas. They can never achieve perfection nor can they change the way you feel about yourself.

To be happy with your outcomes from cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures, you need to have realistic expectations. That means:

1. Nothing is perfect. The best doctors with the highest level of skills and experience in the leading facilities cannot guarantee a particular result.

2. Exact matching is impossible. Particularly in cases of asymmetry or imbalance between similar body parts, like both breasts, eyes or ears, physicians will do their best to have the parts be as similar as possible, but exact matches cannot be assured.

3. Results my not be immediate. Few cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures produce final results immediately. Be prepared for recovery time from surgeries, procedures and treatments. Know that the initial recovery period gets you back to work, but the full recovery period produces the results. Make sure you understand how long it will take for both outcomes.

4. All procedures have risks. Have a frank discussion with your physician about all risks associated with your procedure, both common and uncommon. Then make sure you are prepared to take the risks before moving forward.

5. You may not qualify for some procedures. Existing health conditions, family history, unhealthy lifestyle choices (such as smoking) and even skin color could rule out certain options for you. Talk to your doctor to make sure you understand what is right for you.

6. Nothing is permanent. Even the most "permanent" procedures to reduce the signs of aging will ultimately lose. The body is subject to constant changes over time. Sometimes small shifts occur, like an implant that moves. Other times, the benefits of a procedure wear away, like collagen injections. Try not to expect more than is reasonable.