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.
Cosmetic Surgery Process
The process for cosmetic surgery begins with a consultation with one of our surgeons. The surgeon will inform you about your different options for treatment, the type of anesthesia (local or general) to be used, specific information about the procedure, post-operative care and recovery, and potential complications associated with the procedure.
Because cosmetic surgery usually involves operating on soft tissue only, it is a very safe type of surgery. As with any surgery, however, complications may occur. Your surgeon will discuss the risks of your procedure with you. If you do have complications after surgery, the surgeon will consult with other physicians as needed in providing you the highest quality care. All of the resources of the academic medical center of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin are available to you if complications should arise.
It’s important to inform the surgeon about your concerns and the specific area(s) that you would like to improve.During this visit, a “before” photo will be taken for comparison with the results following surgery. If you decide to have the surgery, the next step is an educational session with a nurse in the Plastic Surgery Center, where you will learn more about the particular procedure. Your surgery date will then be scheduled.
Some procedures may require an overnight stay at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, while other procedures can be performed as day surgery.
After Cosmetic Surgery
All surgery involves some swelling, bruising, mild pain and discomfort. There may also be some temporary numbness. All of these improve during your recovery period.
The surgeon will discuss the recovery period with you in your initial visit. Depending on your procedure, it may take from three to four days or from two to three weeks before you are able to resume your normal activities.
Some cosmetic surgery procedures need to be repeated, depending on the type of procedure performed. Eyelid surgery, for example, rarely needs to be repeated, while a face and neck lift may need to be repeated in five to 10 years.
Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
- Abdominoplasty (Also known as a "tummy tuck")
- Breast Enlargement (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
- Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
- Dermabrasion (Refinishing the skin)
- Facelift (Rhytidectomy)
- Facial implants (Cheeks, chin and jaw)
- Forehead Lift (Browlift)
- Laser Treatment
- Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
- Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
- Wrinkle Correction