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
By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
April 14, 2020

Find out what factors could make you a good candidate for breast augmentation.

Whether you’ve already decided that breast implants are right for you or you are just in the beginning stages of your research, it’s breat augmentationimportant to understand breast augmentation, what it can (and can’t do) and who is an ideal candidate for treatment. Scheduling a simple cosmetic evaluation with our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis is typically the first step. We understand some patients may have concerns about the current COVID crisis, rest assured that your health and safety are our number one priority. We are working to reduce COVID-19 infection risks. We have office procedures in place, including limiting patient consultations to minimize exposure in our waiting rooms as well as rigorous cleaning of the office between patients. Through every step of your aesthetic procedure, we strive to provide the best service possible to our patients while reducing any risk of infection.

If you are considering a breast augmentation, some factors to consider include,

  • Your health: An ideal candidate will be in good physical health. We will go through your medical history during your consultation. It’s important to let us know about any preexisting health problems (e.g. diabetes; heart disease) and any current medications you are taking.
  • Your expectations: While plastic surgery can provide some pretty incredible results it’s also important to be realistic about your expectations. During your consultation, our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon will discuss your treatment goals to make sure they align with what breast augmentation can offer.
  • Your weight: An ideal candidate will already be within their ideal weight and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Since significant weight fluctuations may alter results and your appearance, it’s important that you are leading a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Your age: While it’s never too late to consider breast augmentation it’s important that patients are at least 18 years old before they consider surgery. Breasts will need to be fully developed before cosmetic surgery can be considered.
  • Safety: Be assured that your safety is paramount with Dr. Saulis as we enter the post-COVID19 pandemic period. For your initial consultation, please be aware that Dr. Saulis and her staff have and continue to focus on decreasing any risk of patient infection. This includes rigorous office space cleaning between patients and limiting patient consultations to minimize exposure in our waiting rooms. 
You can also take comfort in knowing that all surgeries are performed at two JACHO approved hospitals: Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Hinsdale Hospital. Both of these hospitals are national leaders in low infection rates and patient satisfaction. 
Rest assured that as a patient with Dr. Saulis the utmost attention will be directed toward your safety and maximally reducing infection risks for aesthetic surgery.



Breast augmentation can enhance and improve your appearance in many ways including,

  • Improving the fullness, roundness and volume of small breasts
  • Fixing asymmetrical or disproportionally shaped breasts
  • Enhancing the overall shape of the breasts (in areas that may not look as full)
  • Reconstructing the shape and appearance of your breasts after a mastectomy (to treat breast cancer)

If you are interested in getting breast augmentation in Elmhurst, Oakbrook, Hinsdale or the surrounding Western suburbs, then schedule your consultation with our qualified plastic surgeon. Call Dr. Alexandrina Saulis at Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at (630) 920-9404 to find out if breast augmentation is right for you.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
January 30, 2020
Category: Abdominoplasty
Tags: abdominoplasty  

Here’s what our patients should know about getting tummy tuck surgery.

Often referred to as a “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty is a popular surgical procedure performed by our Elmhurst, IL, plastic surgeon, Dr. AbdominoplastyAlexandrina Saulis, to remove excess fat and skin around the stomach.

A tummy tuck is a great treatment to help flatten stomachs and even tighten abdominal muscles. Of course, before undergoing cosmetic surgery it’s important to understand the entire abdominoplasty process.


When to Consider Abdominoplasty

Since abdominoplasty involves surgery and recovery time, it’s important to understand who is ideal for treatment. Since this is not a weight-loss treatment, an ideal candidate will be an individual that is already maintaining healthy body weight and body mass index (BMI), but is still unable to achieve a flatter stomach through diet and exercise alone.

There are many factors that can lead to the loose, sagging skin and excess fat around the abdomen. These factors include:

  • Past surgeries (e.g. bariatric surgery)
  • Extreme fluctuations in weight
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Aging

Tummy tuck surgery isn’t ideal for those who deal with significant weight fluctuations or women who plan to become pregnant, as these factors can affect long-term results. A tummy tuck may also be able to reduce the appearance of stretch marks by tightening and stretching the skin.


Getting an Abdominoplasty

Our expert plastic surgeon will perform your abdominoplasty right here in her Elmhurst, IL, practice. General anesthesia is used for this procedure, so you will be asleep during the procedure. Tummy tuck surgeries usually take anywhere from 2-5 hours. During your consultation, we will be able to give you a better idea of the length of your surgery and the recovery time once we understand the results you are hoping to achieve with this procedure.

Recovery varies from patient to patient but typically takes weeks and even months for a full recovery. During your recovery process, it’s important to avoid activities such as heavy lifting or exercise. Our plastic surgeon will be able to tell you when you can return to your normal routine after surgery.


Give Us a Call

If you are interested in getting abdominoplasty our Elmhurst, IL, board-certified plastic surgeon can help you decide whether this treatment is right for you. With an office in Hinsdale, Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery serves the Oakbrook, Naperville, and western suburbs of Chicagoland. Call us today at (630) 920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
January 29, 2020

Getting breast implants could help you feel more confident in your appearance.

If having small breasts makes you feel self-conscious about your appearance and you want to feel more confident you aren’t alone. In fact, breast augmentationbreast augmentation continues to be the most popular cosmetic procedure that our Elmhurst, IL, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis offers. Each year, more than 300,000 women across the US get breast implants. Are you wondering if breast augmentation may be right for you?

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure in which our plastic surgeon places a silicone or saline-filled implant within the breast to increase the size and improve the shape of your breasts right here in her Elmhurst, IL, practice. During your consultation, Dr. Saulis will learn more about your treatment goals, including your desired implant shape and size, to make sure that you get the results you’re looking for.

During your consultation, not only will we discuss the overall shape and size you are looking to achieve with breast implants, but also the type of implant (saline vs. silicone) we will use and how the implant will be placed (either under or over the muscle of the breast).

Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

So, you have decided that breast implants are right for you. Congratulations! The next step is to consider whether you are the ideal candidate for this procedure. A good candidate will have realistic expectations regarding the results they will receive through treatment. Furthermore, women must be healthy and not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

While many women who turn to breast implants often do so aesthetic enhancement, some women also choose to undergo breast augmentation after significant weight loss or after pregnancy, both of which can drastically change the size of your breasts. If your breasts are asymmetrical, breast implants can also improve the shape so they are even.

Interested? Give us a call

Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Elmhurst, IL, is proud to provide comprehensive cosmetic surgery from a board-certified plastic surgeon to patients living in and around Oak Brook, Naperville, Hinsdale, and the surrounding Western suburbs. If you want to learn more about breast augmentation then call our office at (630) 920-9404.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
November 11, 2019
Category: Breast Reduction
Tags: Breast Reduction  

With female celebrities openly discussing the benefits of their breast reductions, more and more women are considering whether a breast breast reductionreduction might be right for them.

In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of breast reductions has risen by 157 percent between 1997 and 2013. So, what is involved in breast reduction and who might benefit? Read on to find out, and call Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexandrina Saulis, if you are interested in the procedure.

What is involved in a breast reduction?

A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during the procedure. The “anchor-shaped incision” is located around the nipple areolar complex, (lifting it to a higher position), a vertical one located below the lifted nipple areolar complexes (narrowing the breast), and a transverse one located below the breast which resulting in the “breast lift” in a breast reduction removing the loose excess skin left after the breast gland had been reduced. After the procedure, steristrips will be placed on the anchor incisions. A drainage tube & grenade, as well as a local anesthesia infusion pain pump (On-Q pain pump), will be placed for 2-3 days after surgery to prevent fluid buildup and manage post-operative pain minimizing the need for narcotic medication use after surgery. Oral pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed to relieve any residual pain and prevent infection after surgery. A 23 hour overnight stay is recommended after surgery but not absolutely necessary. 

Breast reduction surgery can take anywhere from two to three hours with Dr. Saulis depending on the size of the breast being reduced. 

What is the recovery process like?

You will be sore for 2-3 days after surgery. The pain pump with local anesthesia will help minimize the pain you feel. You will also need to wear a loose-fitting support bra and protect your incision lines with gauze for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Additionally, you must avoid any rigorous or rapid upper extremity activities such as elliptical training, running or vacuuming for a minimum of two weeks after surgery. 

Who should consider a breast reduction?

Women who have large breasts may experience frequent or even daily pain in their upper back, neck, and shoulders. They may also experience rashes between or below their breasts. If this type of pain or skin rash is a normal part of your life then you may want to consider a breast reduction, which can improve everything from sleeping to exercising.

By Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
September 05, 2019
Category: Plastic Surgery

If you’re considering a tummy tuck here’s what you should know about this popular cosmetic surgery.

From multiple pregnancies to losing a significant amount of weight quickly, there are many reasons someone might choose to get an abdominoplastyabdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck. Our Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrina Saulis understands that anyone interested in cosmetic surgery will have questions before deciding whether this is the right treatment option for them. Here are some questions about tummy tucks answered.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure in which our plastic surgeon will remove excess tissue and skin from the stomach to create tighter, firmer results around the midsection.

Is a tummy tuck different than liposuction?

It’s important to make the distinction between a tummy tuck and procedures that are designed to help patients with weight loss. While liposuction can be used to remove a significant amount of fat from an area of the body, a tummy tuck is a far more conservative option for those who are dealing with some bulging around the abdomen due to loose skin and excess fat. People should already be within a healthy, stable weight range before undergoing a tummy tuck.

How long is the recovery period?

Most patients will need to take one to two weeks off from work after surgery. Of course, there are many factors that can affect how long it takes for a patient to heal. For about six weeks you will wear a binder around your stomach to provide support and to reduce fluid buildup. You will also need to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for several weeks.

How long do results last?

As with any cosmetic surgery, the goal is to create long-lasting and even permanent results. It’s important that after surgery that you maintain a healthy weight by participating in regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet. If patients choose not to follow a healthier lifestyle they may find that their results do not last as long or are reversed over time. A tummy tuck cannot prevent the natural effects of aging.

Who is a good candidate for treatment?

As with any cosmetic treatment, an ideal candidate will have realistic goals and expectations regarding their treatment and the results they are looking to achieve. It’s important to understand that a tummy tuck will not help you lose weight and should not be considered a weight-loss tool.

An abdominoplasty is designed to help those who are within their ideal weight remove excess, sagging skin while improving the shape and contour of the body. Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, our plastic surgeon Dr. Saulis will perform a physical examination to determine whether a tummy tuck is the right option for you.

Are you ready to find out if abdominoplasty is right for you? If you are living in the Oakbrook, Hinsdale or Elmhurst, IL, area, then call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Saulis.

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