Programs and Services
Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body and improve appearance and self-esteem. It is usually considered elective and is not covered by insurance.
Click on the links below to get more detailed information about each procedure at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Abdominoplasty (Also known as a "tummy tuck")
Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.
Breast Enlargement (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
Procedure: Enhance the size of breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Procedure: Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle. (Upper-eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance if used to correct visual field defects)
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Procedure: Raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples.
Dermabrasion (Refinishing the skin)
Procedure: Dermabrasion and dermaplaning help "refinish" the skin's top layers through controlled surgical scraping. The treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance. Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles, such as those around the mouth. It's also sometimes used to remove pre-cancerous growths called keratoses. Dermaplaning is commonly used to treat deep acne scars.
Procedure: Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Most often performed on men and women over 40.
Facial implants (Cheeks, chin and jaw)
Procedure: Change the basic shape and balance of the face using carefully shaped implants to build up a receding chin, add prominence to cheekbones, or reshape the jawline.
Forehead Lift (Browlift)
Procedure: Minimize forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, hooding over eyes, furrowed forehead and frown lines by removing excess tissue, altering muscles and tightening the forehead skin. May be done endoscopically, or with traditional methods. Most often done on people over 40.
Procedure: Fill in balding areas with a patient's own hair using a variety of techniques including scalp reduction, tissue expansion, strip grafts, scalp flaps, or clusters of punch grafts (plugs, miniplugs and microplugs). Works best on men with male pattern baldness after hair loss has stopped.
Procedure: An intense beam of light or energy with a specific wavelength is targeted at a type of tissue in the part of the body being treated. Performed for a variety of issues including unwanted hair, wrinkled or sun-damaged skin, scars, vascular lesions and many others.
Procedure: Improve body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits with a tube and vacuum device. Can be performed using the tumescent technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. Common locations for liposuction include chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, above breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles.
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Procedure: Set prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduce the size of large ears. Most often done on children between the ages of 4 and 14 years. (Occasionally covered by insurance.)
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Procedure: Reshape nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. May also relieve some breathing problems. (May be covered by insurance.)
Procedure: The Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Plastic Surgery Center offers BOTOX® injectable wrinkle correction.
Date: March 4, 2011
Online Editor(s): Richard Petre