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
Three words summarize the most important characteristics to look for when choosing a cosmetic or plastic surgeon: qualifications, experience and comfort.

1. Qualifications count - Medical professionals in the United States have well-defined, stringent requirements for their professional training in every specialty. Cosmetic surgeons are accredited by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org) and plastic surgeons are accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (www.abplsurg.org). The first thing you need to do is check on these Web sites to make sure the physician you are considering is fully accredited.

Basic accreditation is only the beginning of assuring a physician's qualifications. You'll want to go to your state's Medical Board to make sure there are no malpractice suits or complaints registered against the physician. For a listing of state medical boards, go to www.fsmb.org.

Finally, involvement in professional associations indicates that a physician is keeping pace with changes in the profession. Look at the physician's biography to see if s/he is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, or other professional organization in these fields.

2. Experience matters - The best indicator of how well a physician performs a particular procedure is how frequently s/he has performed it in the past. Make sure you ask about the doctor's experience doing the specific procedure you are considering with the particular techniques s/he is recommending. And don't just get a count. Find out how many of those procedures were successful. Talk to past patients to get a first-hand account of their experience with the physician. Look at before and after pictures and draw your own conclusion.

3. Comfort rules - Even if a physician is fully qualified and experienced with a procedure, that person may not be right for you. You need a physician who communicates openly with you, answers your questions and gives you the time you need to understand the technicalities. You need a physician who appears to have the same expectation for the outcome as you do. Most importantly, you need a person you can trust to advise you when the choices aren't black and white. Be sure you are completely comfortable with your choice of physician so that during stressful periods immediately before, during and after the surgery or procedure, you'll be taken care of the way you need.