Facial and body plastic surgery

Cosmetic plastic surgery enhances your face and body to reduce signs of aging, reshape your body and renew self-confidence. From your brows, cheeks and chin to your breasts, waist and lower body, our board certified plastic surgeons offer a wide array of cosmetic surgery options. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provides cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical cosmetic rejuvenation in Columbus, Ohio, and other Ohio locations. Related services include complex skin transfer, microsurgery, breast reconstruction and cancer reconstructive surgery.

What makes Ohio State’s plastic surgery experts different?

For small changes or more complex cosmetic surgery, you can trust our plastic surgery team. The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is a world-renowned leader in research and medicine. Cosmetic surgery patients enjoy far-reaching benefits:

  • The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s plastic surgeons provide trusted therapies based on well-studied, clinically proven approaches. Our top priority is offering care that’s effective, innovative and safe.
  • You’re treated by dedicated surgeons who focus exclusively on plastic surgery and related specialties, such as microsurgery and reconstructive plastic surgery.
  • Your team includes surgeons with fellowship-level training to perform sophisticated operations. These include skin transplantation and super-microscopic nerve surgery for limb repair and breast reconstruction after cancer therapy.
Ohio State's cosmetic surgery services

Ohio State's cosmetic surgery services

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center's plastic surgery specialists can focus on one area of your body or combine several procedures in one surgery. Cosmetic surgery services include a “Mommy makeover,” which consists of a tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift and buttock enhancement. Other services include:

Facial plastic surgery

Body plastic surgery

Breast plastic surgery

Nonsurgical cosmetic treatments

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center offers many nonsurgical options such as Botox, chemical peels, dermal fillers and other nonsurgical facial and skin rejuvenation procedures.

Why cosmetic surgery is done

Reasons for cosmetic surgery depend on your unique expectations and goals. Some people want to lift, remove or tighten sagging, aging or wrinkled skin and fatty tissues. Others want to change a particular feature that bothers them. In some instances, rapid or massive weight loss leaves draping skin and a desire to get back in shape when diet and exercise don’t work.

The best reasons to have cosmetic surgery are your own. It’s a choice to refresh, renew or reshape your body, but not something you should do to please someone else. Your doctor will examine your health, your motives and your expectations. Together, you’ll determine whether plastic surgery is a safe and effective path for you.

Risks of cosmetic surgery procedures

Although they’re relatively uncommon, there are risks associated with any surgery. These can include reactions to anesthesia drugs, and bleeding, blood clots or infection. The Ohio State Medical Center's plastic surgeons take every precaution to minimize these and other plastic surgery risks, such as:

  • Hematoma (bleeding that collects outside of blood vessels) 
  • Loss or change in skin sensation 
  • Poor scarring (raised or red scars) 
  • Poor, uneven or unexpected results 
  • Persistent pain or other chronic discomfort 
  • Need for revision surgery

How to prepare for cosmetic surgery

Questions to ask yourself before plastic surgery

  • Why do I want to change how I look? 
  • What parts of my face or body do I want to change?
  • How will these changes affect my family, work or other parts of my life? 
  • Have I thoroughly researched the procedure or procedures that interest me? 
  • Do I clearly understand what cosmetic surgery can and can’t do?  
  • Do I feel confident in and comfortable with my plastic surgeon?  
  • Do I fully understand how to prepare and what to expect before and after surgery?  
  • Can I afford plastic surgery? 
  • Have I investigated financing options?  
  • Have I planned sufficient time and support to safely and comfortably recover after surgery?

Questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon

  • Are you a board certified plastic surgeon? 
  • What other credentials and qualifications do you have? 
  • How many procedures like this have you done? 
  • Do you have any testimonials from patients who’ve had a similar procedure? 
  • Who else will take part in my care?  
  • What happens during the cosmetic surgery procedure? 
  • How should I prepare for my cosmetic surgery procedure? 
  • What can I expect before and after my cosmetic surgery? 
  • How long does recovery take after this type of cosmetic surgery? 
  • What results will my procedure achieve?  
  • What are the risks of this procedure? 
  • Who should I call if I have concerns before or after surgery?  
  • Is cosmetic surgery painful and, if so, how do you ease the discomfort?  
  • What type of scarring can I expect and for how long?   
  • When will I see the results of my surgery? 
  • When can I go back to normal activity after my surgery?  
  • How long will the results of my surgery last?  
  • How much does the procedure cost? 
  • Will insurance pay for my procedure?  
  • Do you offer financial guidance or assistance?

What to expect if you have cosmetic surgery

Before any cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s important to do plenty of research and ask questions. Use the questions above as a guide, and write down any remaining questions you have. You can discuss these during your initial visit with a plastic surgeon at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Your surgeon will talk with you about your procedure, goals and what to expect before and after your cosmetic surgery.

Before your cosmetic surgery procedure

During initial consultation and other visits, your surgeon will take time to get to know you and talk about your lifestyle, goals and expectations for the surgery.

  • The doctor will talk with you about how the surgery will change your body. 
  • You’ll learn how to prepare and what to expect during recovery. 
  • Your surgeon will review your medical records and health history. 
  • You may be scheduled for a preoperative physical exam. 
  • The doctor will examine you and assess your skin, including its shape and elasticity.   
  • Your doctor may take photos of the specific parts of your body being treated. 
  • The doctor may ask you to:
    • Get lab work, imaging or other testing done. 
    • Take antibiotics or other medications.  
    • Stop or delay specific medications or supplements. 
    • Stop smoking if you smoke. 
    • Follow specific guidelines for eating or drinking before surgery.
  • You’ll get specific guidelines for pre- and postsurgery steps and plans, including arrangements for care at the hospital or clinic, and when leaving and returning home. 
  • You may meet with a nurse or others on your care team to discuss your care, how to make postsurgery arrangements and plan postsurgery care. 
  • You can bring a list of questions to discuss. 
  • You can ask about financial guidance or other types of support if you need it.

During your cosmetic surgery treatment

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center doctors do most cosmetic surgery under general anesthetic or IV sedation at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center or an outpatient clinic in Columbus or other Ohio locations near you. Certain minor procedures may be done in an outpatient clinic, using a local or regional anesthetic.

  • You see your surgeon just before surgery and have a chance to ask questions. 
  • You’re taken to the operating room where an anesthesiologist delivers anesthesia so that you don’t feel anything during your operation.  
  • Your surgeon will make one or more incisions. The type and extent of incisions will depend on the procedure that you’re having.  
  • Depending on your procedure, the doctor will tighten, lift or reshape certain areas of your body, including cutting away excess skin and fat or adding implants. 
  • Your doctor will close the incision with surgical glue, stitches or other material. If you have stitches, they’ll be removed at a follow-up visit. 
  • Your doctor will apply pads and dressing to your surgical incisions. 
  • You may have a small tube that helps drain fluids, which will also be removed at a follow-up office visit. 
  • You’ll wake up in the recovery room under the care of specialized nurses until you’re ready to be moved to another room, or go home if it’s a same-day outpatient procedure.

After your cosmetic surgery treatment

  • You’ll have some bruising and swollen skin, and your doctor will prescribe medication to keep you comfortable. 
  • Your doctor and nurse will monitor your condition and give you instructions.
  • Nurses will help you to get out of bed as soon as you’re able to take a few steps, which encourages circulation and healing. 
  • Depending on your procedure, it may take three weeks or more for bruising to fade and swelling to go down. 
  • You’ll receive instructions about what to expect, managing medications, wound care and other home care guidance, including what symptoms to report and who to call if you have questions or problems.

Results of your cosmetic surgery treatment

  • Bruising and swelling will slowly subside over a few weeks or it may be longer before you start to see the full results of your cosmetic surgery.  
  • Complete recovery times vary with each individual, condition and procedure, and can range from three weeks to three months. 
  • You’ll have some permanent scarring, but doctors make every effort to minimize scarring and ensure that it’s barely visible. 
  • Some patients need follow-up procedures to get the results they want.
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