Frequently Asked Questions

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  How much will it cost?

All cosmetic consultations are associated with a consultation fee, which includes the initial consultation, traditional photographs, digital photographs, a computer-assisted imaging to demonstrate pre- and potential postoperative appearance, and a 30-45 minute patient education consultation with our Plastic Surgery nurse.

  What are the insurance issues?

The cost of your operation obviously varies with the procedure to be done and your specific needs. Most cosmetic operations have costs that include three components (1) surgeon's fee, which may be between $2,000.00 and $5,000.00 (depending upon the operation), (2) cost of anesthesia, which again will vary, though if the procedure is done under local, without the need for a general anesthetic, there would be no anesthesia fee and (3) the use of the operating room. Most cosmetic surgery is done as an outpatient and would be same day surgery, not requiring hospitalization. Some operations, such as "tummy tuck" or facelift, do require an overnight admission, which would result in a higher hospital cost. When you come for your consultation all of these costs will be discussed in some detail and a written estimate will be sent to you. A patient must have authorization for elective cosmetic surgery. It is not covered by insurance.

  What is the recuperation time?

Depending upon your operation, it might be as little as three or four days, as in the case of eyelid surgery, or it might be two weeks, as in the case of a face and neck lift. With most surgeries you are out of bed and moving around your home the day after surgery; then it is simply a matter of following the instructions of the physician. Once you leave the hospital, regular phone calls are made to you by our Plastic Surgery nurse to monitor your progress.

  How long will I be off work?

With most cosmetic operations you will be off work between one and two weeks, depending upon the particular procedure performed. In some cases, there is some swelling, which will still allow you to return to work. If there is any bruising, most can be covered with special makeup, which will be provided for you.

  What complications are there?

It is important to remember that cosmetic surgery is a real operation that carries certain risks. At your consultation the nurse, as well as your physician, will discuss each of these risks in detail. We also have interactive computer programs and videos of the different procedures that are used in patient education which identify the risks associated with each of the operations.

  Will I be hospitalized?

All of the surgeries are performed at Froedtert Hospital. Most of them are done as an outpatient, which means you enter the hospital in the morning and leave in the afternoon. If necessary, you can be hospitalized following the surgery, but in the large majority of the cases it is not necessary. Certain operations, such as a tummy tuck or facelift, will require an overnight admission, which would incur an additional expense. All of this will be discussed with you, in detail, at your consultation.

  What kind of pain can I expect?

Most cosmetic surgeries have very little pain associated with them. Obviously pain thresholds vary from patient to patient. You will be provided with appropriate oral medication, which should satisfy any need you may have in this area.

  Will I have general or local anesthesia?

Many cosmetic surgery procedures can be done under local anesthesia, which includes mild sedation associated with injection of the anesthetic in the area to receive surgery. This is similar to that given by a dentist in his office. Some surgeries, such as a tummy tuck, will require that you be put to sleep. If you are put to sleep with a general anesthetic, that would incur an additional cost. This will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation. If you want to be put to sleep totally, even though a local anesthetic would suffice, this can also be provided. Obviously each person, and his or her individual needs, will be considered and discussed individually at your consultation.

Contact Us

Department of Plastic Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin
1155 N. Mayfair Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

(414) 955-1000 | Fax: (414) 955-0183