Difference in price based on facility...

Is it generally higher cost when having procedure in a hospital versus a private run facility that many surgeons have? For a tummy tuck and breast lift?

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Difference in price based on facility...

For a general answer, most of the time the fees are higher in the hospital than in a surgical facility.  More recently, hospitals have become more competitive in their pricing, so this may not be a very large difference in the end.  Please ensure that if you are not in an accredited hospital facility that you are in an accredited surgery center.
Garrett A. Wirth, MD, MS, FACS

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Cost does vary by procedure

This is a great question.  There are several costs included in the quote you receive for your plastic surgery: the cost of materials used in your procedure (implants, surgical supplies, dressings, etc.), the surgeon's fee and the facility fee.  The facility fee varies greatly depending on where your procedure is performed.  In general hospitals have high facility fees that are typically non-negotiable.  You might also have fewer scheduling options with a hospital.  Surgery centers typically have lower costs and more flexibility.  A surgeon with his or her own operating suite will usually be able to offer the lowest cost and highest scheduling flexibility. Make sure that whatever option you choose is accredited!  AAAASF is an independent body that verifies that independent surgery centers are operating safely.

Andrew Jimerson, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Price differences

Yes, in general it costs more to have surgery performed in a hospital versus an outpatient surgery center.  As with any surgery you have planned, do some research on the facility to make sure it is accredited.  Discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon.

Camille Cash, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Costs of surgery. Office based and hospital based centers.

Yes it is true that hospital costs are higher.  There are a number of reasons for this.  Usually, free standing surgery centers or office-based surgery facilities are more efficient and less costly.  The key is making sure these places are accreditated and safe and familiar with your kind of surgery.  AAAASF is a standard accreditation and something to look for.  Discuss with your board certified plastic surgeon.  

Paul Watterson, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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Hospital costs for elective cosmetic surgery are often more than in ambulatory surgery centers.

Because of bureaucracy and the need to dilute the cost of charity care most hospitals charge more for elective cosmetic surgery than a private outpatient surgery center.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Difference in price base

Yes there's a significant difference in the cost based on the facility which you are provided the service. This is the reason why plastic surgeons in general pick outpatient surgery facilities which are very efficient and provide lower cost. In my practice, it is my opinion that patients that are of ASA three or beyond can only be treated in a hospital facility. Unfortunately this means that if a patient has diabetes or coronary artery disease or other significant medical conditions which affect your daily lives often times I can only be treated in hospital facilities this significantly increases the cost. Also patients that have these include comorbidities should have the risks looked at to see if cosmetic surgery is an appropriate risk to be taken.  Hospital cost can often times be multiple fold times more exprensive than the surgery center cost.   This is often an issue in facelift patients who are healthy but can have co morbidities that preclude surgicenters 

Oliver P. Simmons, MD, FACS
Columbia Plastic Surgeon
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Difference in cost between private surgery center and a hospital

Thank you for asking about your  mommy make-over.

Excellent question -
  • Yes, hospitals tend to be a bit more expensive, often by about $200/hour.
  • But be sure your 'private facility' is an accredited outpatient surgery center.
  • The AAAASF is the most common accrediting organization for these centers.
  • On no account have your surgery in a non-accredited operating suite.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Hope you found this answer helpful. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Hospital vs outpatient surgery center

Typically having an elective procedure in a hospital will cost more than in a surgery center. This may vary from area to area however. Most patients having a mommy makeover do not require a hospital setting unless they have a significant medical history.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 377 reviews

Difference in price based on facility

Hi, its a pleasure answer your question, the cost in a hospital in most of the times is lower than in a private, but this is not the most important, what you have to considerate is the safely that you can get in a private clinic. Good luck and am at your command.

                                                                                Dr. Manuel Marte.

Manuel Marte, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Outpatient Cost

Most hospitals have plastic flat rate surgery packages at an affordable price.  This way the patient can have all the benefits of the hospital for a safe comfortable experience.  Having this option can put fears and anxiety to rest.  

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

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