Is it safe and normal to have a procedure done in a private surgical center?

Is normal that some doctors prefer or want to have the surgery (liposuction) done in a private surgical center (los angeles)? The plastic surgeon is board certificate; But I´m really afraid to have that kind of procedure done somewhere else than a hospital; I dont know if it´s safe. Thank you

Doctor Answers 9

Hospitals are often too expensive for cosmetic surgery

I would venture to say 95% of all cosmetic surgery is done in surgery centers. While some hospitals are friendly towards doing cosmetic surgery, many charge outrageous fees that are not realistic for cash-paying patients.

It is important that the surgery center is fully accredited and that your surgeon has admitting privileges in a hospital should something unforeseen happen.

Best of luck,

Mats Hagstrom, M.D.


San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Surgery can be performed safely in a private surgery center.

 Ironically,  elective cosmetic surgery is probably safer in an outpatient surgery center. The important thing is that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon and that the surgery center in which the procedure is performed is properly licensed and accredited.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Avoid hospitals at all cost when you are undergoing cosmetic surgery.

It is so easy to pick up an unwanted bug in hospitals so Never, Ever get cosmetic surgery there if possible. Out patient accredited surgery facilities are so much safer.

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Surgery in a private surgical center

Thank you for your question about your liposuction.

  1. If your surgery is done at an accredited out patient surgery center, you should be fine.
  2. Most cosmetic surgery these days is not done in a hospital
  3. Many hospitals have their own surgery centers for cosmetic surgery.
  4. If your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, s/he is required to do surgery in an accredited facility.
  5. Ask your surgeon's office when they were accredited and by what organization.
  6. Most accreditation is done in a 3 year cycles.
  7. One caution - if you have major health issues, e.g. a BMI above 40, significant lung or heart disease, you need surgery done in a hospital.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.

Surgery center

Many plastic surgeons have private surgery centers. Experience of the plastic surgeon is the most important factor. The facility should be accredited and reviewed annually to keep all equipment and patients safe. All patients and procedures are different. The level of anesthesia and the experience of the PLASTC SURGEON are important. Beware "some cosmetic surgeons do not have the training,experience to be safe.Many docs do cosmetic procedures.Seek out a board certified plastic surgeon.

William C. Rigano, MD
Dayton Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Is it safe and normal to have a procedure done in a private surgical center?

Most liposuction is done in an outpatient surgery center.  The key will be surgeon credentials and reputation.  I would search for the board certified plastic surgeon who you feel is most likely to give you the best results and who performs hundreds of these procedures each year. I would look at patient reviews as well as before and after photos on that surgeon's website.


Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Is liposuction safe in a private surgical center.

This is a very important question, and a private office based surgical facility can have an even  better safety record than your local hospital. The key is certification of the facility which is your assurance that the center follows best practice guidelines. Two common certifying agencies are the AAAASF and  AAASF which serve smaller surgical facilities and office facilities.If the facility is not certified you have a right to be cautsoius.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Is it safe and normal to have a procedure done in a private surgical center?

Thank you for your question. To ensure and maximize your safety, it is important to confirm that the following guidelines, as outlined by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, are met: your surgeon is an ASPS Member Surgeon, the surgical facility is AAAASF-certified, and the surgical facility uses trained and certified personnel. It is important that the facility is AAAASF-certified to ensure highest safety when undergoing surgery.

1. Begin with a board certified plastic surgeon and visit several offices
2. Seek a surgeon who does at least 100 of these procedures per year
3. Internet discussions do not replace the advice of your physician

Henry Mentz, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Safe Surgery in Private Surgical Center?

You have asked an excellent question.  Your choice of a board certified plastic surgeon is important but so is the location where the surgery will be performed as well as the qualifications of the anesthesia provider and the nursing staff.  It is important to inquire about the certification of the surgery center.  I am not familiar with California requirements but you should, at a minimum, be certain that the center is certified by an organization such as AAAASF or similar body.  You also want to be certain you understand who will be providing your anesthesia and what will happen in case an emergency should arise.  Does your surgeon have hospital priveleges and what would happen if you need to be transferred to a hospital?  Make sure to do your due diligence and you will likely have a successful and satisfying experience.

Richard Kofkoff, MD, FACS
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

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