Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
When selecting a plastic surgeon, it is important to make sure he or she has the experience, training and credibility you desire in a doctor entrusted with your care. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, your plastic surgeon can help you determine the treatment plan that is best for you. The plastic surgeons at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee will meet with you to determine a plan that will meet your needs and address your concerns regarding surgical and non-surgical options.
Please note that all surgery carries some uncertainty and risk including the possibility of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon and closely following his or her advice, both before and after surgery.
Contact us today at (414) 955-1000 for an individualized consultation.
Average Cosmetic Surgery PricingLearn more about the average cost of cosmetic procedures. Please note that prices may vary and do not include the anesthesia or facility (hospital or surgery center) fees.
Alternative Cosmetic Options with Trainees – Resident Cosmetic Clinic
The Medical College of Wisconsin chief residents offer consultation, surgical recommendations, and perform surgery and follow-up care under the direction and supervision of experienced faculty in our Resident Cosmetic Clinic. After meeting with the resident, pre-operative photographs will be taken, and patients will also meet with the supervising faculty to confirm the surgical plan and address any questions. Consultations are free, and surgeon fees are discounted.
Chief residents are in their final year of training, having completed at least 5 years of our competitive 6 year Plastic Surgery residency program following the completion of medical school. Your safety and outcomes are our top priorities. Although the resident will be the point of first contact, faculty will be involved in the surgical planning, surgery, and post-operative management.
Procedures offered (including but not limited to):
- Breast: augmentation (implants), lift, reduction (including male gynecomastia), implant removal
- Body: abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), brachioplasty (arm lift), thigh lift, liposuction, labiaplasty
- Face: facelift, eyelid and brow lift, neck lift, rhinoplasty (nose)
- Injections: neuromodulators (ie Botox®) and fillers are also available at a discounted fee
For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please call (414) 955-1000.
List of Procedures
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and may take 2-5 hours. You may remain hospitalized overnight depending on individual circumstances and the extent of the surgery. Side effects may include temporary pain, swelling, soreness, numbness of the abdominal skin, bruising, and fatigue for several weeks or months. Risks include blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss, and need for a second operation. Most patients are able to return to work in 2-4 weeks, and return to more strenuous activity in 4-6 weeks or more. It can take up to a year for the scars to fade and flatten. Learn more about abdominoplasty or tummy tucks.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and generally takes 2-4 hours. Most patients are able to return to work in 2-4 weeks, and return to more strenuous activity in 4-6 weeks or more. It can take up to a year for the scars to fade and flatten. Learn more about brachioplasty or arm lifts.
The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis and takes 2-3 hours. Side effects may include temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, and bruising. Risks may include infection, asymmetry, or an increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, which is occasionally permanent. Patients may return to work in 1-2 weeks. Tightening and hardening of scar tissue around the implant ("capsular contracture"), or rupture of the implant may occur; either may require surgery to release the scar tissue or to remove or replace the implant. Breast implants are not lifetime devices and may require removal or replacement. Learn more about breast augmentation.
The procedure usually takes 2-3 hours and is done under general anesthesia, normally on an outpatient basis. Side effects may include temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, and numbness. The procedure leaves permanent scars although these are minimized and will fade in several months to a year. Risks include thick, wide scars, skin loss, infection, asymmetry, and permanent loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts. Patients are usually feeling better and back to work in 1-2 weeks, but must refrain from more strenuous activities for at least one month. The duration of the results of this procedure are variable as gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results may last longer when combined with implants. Learn more about breast lifts or mastopexy.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia (or local anesthetic with sedation) on an outpatient basis and takes 1-2 hours. Side effects can include temporary swelling, numbness, headaches, and bruising. It is possible to have a change in the hairline or a partial hair loss for several months. Risks can include infection, excessive scarring, or injury to the facial nerve causing loss of motion, muscle weakness, or an asymmetrical look. Patients can typically return to work in 7-10 days, but must refrain from strenuous activity for at least four weeks. Learn more about endoscopic or brow lifts.
The procedure works best on thin, dry, light-colored skin and lasts 15 minutes to more than one hour per session depending upon the number of areas treated. Local anesthesia is used for both of these outpatient procedures. Side effects include a temporary stinging, throbbing, or burning sensation, faint redness, swelling, and excess fullness. The risks for collagen include allergic reactions such as rash, hives, swelling, or flu-like symptoms and possible triggering of connective-tissue or autoimmune diseases. Risks for both procedures include contour irregularities and infection. The duration of results is variable, lasting a few months to one year.
Dermabrasion is typically an outpatient procedure lasting a few minutes to 1.5 hours. More than one session may be required. Anesthesia may be local, numbing spray, or general. Side effects include temporary tingling, burning, itching, swelling, or redness, lightening of treated skin, acute sensitivity to sun and/or loss of ability to make pigment (tan). Risks include abnormal color changes (permanent) and/or tiny whiteheads (temporary), infection, scarring, flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, and/or cold sores. Patients are usually back to work in two weeks and can perform more strenuous activities in 4–6 weeks. It takes about three months for redness to fade and 6–12 months for the return of pigmentation. It is necessary to refrain from any UV exposure for 6–12 months following this procedure. The duration of results is permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages. Learn more about dermabrasion.
The surgery can be performed outpatient, under local or general anesthesia, and takes 1-2 hours. Patients may generally return to work or school in 7-10 days, but must refrain from strenuous activity for four weeks. Risks may include bleeding, infection, unfavorable scarring, and/or asymmetry. Learn more about ear surgery or otoplasty.
This outpatient procedure takes approximately 1 hour and is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation; sometimes general anesthesia. Side effects include temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising, temporary dryness, burning, or itching of the eyes, excessive tearing and/or sensitivity to light for the first few weeks. Risks include temporary blurred or double vision, infection, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, tiny whiteheads, slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, difficulty in closing the eyes completely (rarely permanent, but may require further surgery), and blindness (extremely rare). Patients are normally back to reading in 2-3 days and back to work in 7-10 days. Contact lenses can usually be worn after two weeks and patients can return to strenuous activities in about 3-4 weeks. Eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance if it is necessary to improve a patient’s vision. A field of vision examination by an ophthalmologist is required in these cases. Learn more about eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty.
The procedure takes 2-3 hours and is usually outpatient, although some patients may require a short inpatient stay. Anesthesia is usually general. Side effects may include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, tenderness, and/or tight-feeling, dry skin. For men, there may be a permanent need to shave behind the ears, where beard-growing skin is repositioned. Risks include injury to the nerves that control facial muscles and sensation, infection, poor healing, excessive scarring, and/or asymmetry or change in hairline. Most patients are back to work in 2-3 weeks and more strenuous activity after three weeks or more. Bruising may take 2-3 weeks to subside. Sun exposure must be limited for several months. Results typically last 5-10 years. Learn more about facelifts or rhytidectomy.
The surgery normally takes 1-2 hours and is performed under general anesthesia or local with sedation. Side effects include temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising, numbness and/or stiffness. With jaw surgery, patients may be unable to open their mouth fully for several weeks. Risks include shifting or imprecise positioning of implant, or infection around it, requiring a second operation or removal. Also, hardening of the scar tissue around an artificial implant - called capsular contracture - is possible. Patients are typically back to work in about one week and return to a normal appearance in 2-4 weeks. Activity that could harm or bump the face should be restricted for six weeks or more. Learn more about facial implants.
Surgery generally takes approximately 1-3 hours, and some techniques may require multiple procedures over 18 months or more. The procedures are usually outpatient with local anesthesia with sedation. Flaps and tissue expansion may be done with general anesthesia. Side effects include a temporary achy, tight scalp, and there may be an unnatural look in the early stages. Risks include an unnatural look, infection, excessive scarring, failure to "take," and loss of scalp tissue and/or transplanted hair. Most patients are able to return to work in 2-5 days and to more strenuous activities in 10 days to three weeks. The results are permanent; however, it may take 18 months or more to achieve the final desired look, depending on the procedure. Learn more about hair replacement surgery.
Liposuction is normally an outpatient procedure lasting 1-2 hours or more, depending on the extent of the surgery. Extensive procedures may require a short inpatient stay. Anesthesia may be local, epidural or general depending upon the site and duration. Side effects include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, and/or a burning sensation. Risks may include infection, fluid accumulations, injury to the skin, rippling or bagginess of skin, asymmetry, pigmentation changes (may become permanent if exposed to sun), and/or excessive fluid loss leading to shock. Patients are typically back to work in 1-2 weeks and back to more strenuous activity in 2-4 weeks. Swelling and bruising may last 1-6 months or more. Results are permanent as long as a sensible diet and exercise regimen is maintained. Learn more about liposuction or suction-assisted lipectomy.
During the procedure, a circumferential incision around the abdomen is used to remove excess skin and fat and to re-drape and tighten the remaining tissue. You may remain hospitalized overnight depending on individual circumstances and the extent of the surgery. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes 5-6 hours. Side effects may include temporary pain, swelling, soreness, bruising, and fatigue for several weeks or months. Risks include blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss, and need for a second operation. The recovery time is 6-8 weeks, and can be up to 4-6 months for a return to strenuous exercise.
The specific procedure is usually outpatient, lasts 1-2 hours, and is usually performed under general anesthesia. Side effects may include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, and/or a burning sensation. Risks of surgery can include infection, fluid collections, rippling or bagginess of the skin, asymmetry, excessive scarring, and rarely, excessive fluid loss leading to shock. Patients are usually able to return to work after one week, but should refrain from strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks. Learn more about male breast reduction or gynecomastia correction.
The laser procedure is performed in the office under topical and/or local anesthesia and the entire visit takes 1-2 hours. The MicroLaser Peel is a partial- to full epidermal peel which ablates deeper than microdermabrasion, so the healing process can take 3-10 days. It is important to maintain effective skin care, and to avoid the sun and UV rays for several months after surgery to prevent pigmentary changes. Learn more about microlaser peels.
This outpatient procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes 1-2 hours. Side effects may include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, tenderness, and/or tight-feeling, dry skin. Risks may include infection, poor healing, excessive scarring, and/or asymmetry or change in hairline. Most patients are back to work in 2-3 weeks and more strenuous activity after three weeks or more. Bruising may take 2-3 weeks to subside. Results typically last 5-10 years. Learn more about neck lifts.
The procedure is usually a 2-3 hour outpatient procedure normally done under general anesthesia. Side effects include temporary swelling, bruising around the eyes and nose, headaches, slight bleeding and stuffiness. Risks may include infection, asymmetry, or the need for reoperation. Patients are typically back to work or school in 1-2 weeks and may perform more strenuous activities in 2-3 weeks. Patients need to avoid the sun, and also activities that could result in bumping the nose for at least eight weeks. Because the nose is cartilage, the final appearance may not be realized for one year or more. Learn more about rhinoplasty or septoplasty.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes 2-3 hours. Side effects may include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, tenderness, and/or tight-feeling, dry skin. Risks may include injury to the nerves that control facial muscles and sensation, infection, poor healing, and/or excessive scarring.
This surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes 2-3 hours. Risks may include unfavorable scarring, bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, and/or poor wound healing. Recovery time is 4-6 weeks for return to work, and 1-3 months for a return to strenuous activity. Learn more about thigh lifts.