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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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
Skin around the eyes is very sensitive to touch. As time progresses, age takes its toll on most people's eyelids, causing sagging, drooping, fat deposits around the eyes, bags, bulges, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, some of which can impede vision. Occasionally, some of these conditions may be caused by medical conditions, such as thyroid disease. Eyelid surgery, alone or in conjunction with a forehead/brow lift or face lift, can restore a more youthful appearance.

Procedure
Eyelid surgery is conducted on an outpatient basis, usually with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Both the upper and lower lids are treated in the surgery. The surgeon marks the natural lines and creases on each eyelid to make use of these folds to hide any scars. For lower lids, an incision is often made along the lash line to conceal the scar. After making an incision, excess fat, muscle and skin is trimmed and the incision is closed with fine sutures. The surgery generally lasts between 1 and 3 hours.

Recovery
The doctor may or may not apply a dressing to the eyes after surgery. An ointment is often used to prevent eye dryness, which may cause some blurriness of vision. Expect some swelling and bruising on and around the eyes. Cold compresses can help reduce the swelling in addition to any pain medication your doctor may prescribe. It is important to keep your head elevated when lying down during recovery. Your doctor will likely instruct you to cleanse your eyes daily with eye drops.

Immediately after the surgery, light sensitivity, excessive tearing and double vision may occur. These symptoms will pass in a matter of days. Puffy eyelids and numbness are more likely to last a few weeks longer. Permanent stitches are removed in 3 to 5 days. Generally, patients return to most normal activity within a week, although heavy lifting, bending at the waist, swimming, extreme neck movements and strenuous activity may be restricted for some additional weeks.