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
Here are some tips to help you achieve a satisfying experience with your cosmetic or plastic surgery.

Preparing for Surgery
  1. Talk to your physician and make sure you understand all the risks associated with any procedure you are considering - both common and uncommon risks. Make sure you are comfortable with the risks before proceeding.
  2. Be completely forthright with your physician about your medical history and status. Something you may consider minor could significantly impact the success of your procedure.
  3. Obtain pre-surgery or pre-procedure instructions from your physician no less than two weeks prior to the scheduled date. Some pre-surgical actions, in particular, such as not smoking or taking ibuprofen products, may require two weeks of time to be effective. Make sure you read all pre-procedure instructions in advance and adhere to them completely. Any exceptions or variations may require you to reschedule your procedure.
  4. Ask for post-surgical instructions before you go for your procedure so that you can prepare by purchasing any prescriptions and supplies. This way you'll have everything you need on hand as soon as you return home.
  5. Line up a friend or family member to take you to and from your procedure if any form of anesthesia is being used. You won't be allowed to leave without someone to drive you home and you'll probably need the help for the first 24 hours.
After Surgery
  1. Be sure to get specific, written instructions from your physician before leaving the facility on how to manage your condition for at least one week.
  2. Be sure your caretaker knows where all prescriptions and supplies are located to help you out. Also make sure that individual has emergency telephone numbers for your physician, pharmacy and local hospital.
  3. Follow the post-procedure instructions to the letter. Many cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures involve bruised or swollen skin, which can be very sensitive.
  4. Be conservative about your recovery. Don't return to work earlier than projected. Anesthesia tends to tire patients out longer than they expect. Also, go back to sport and strenuous activities when instructed. Be protective of the physical part of your body treated until it is fully healed.
  5. During and after your recovery, make sure you get the most from your procedure by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, protecting your skin from sun damage at all times and taking care of your body every day.