What Percentage of Liposuction is Done in Hospital and What Percentage in Clinics?

I've been reading here, and I see that a lot of people get lipo in clinics and go home right after. I've also read that large volume is done in a hospital, but what if you don't need larger volume but just want to be safer? Is cost the issue? So, the question is what percentage of lipos are done in hospital?

Doctor Answers 5

If safety is your main concern with getting liposuction, then stay out of hospitals at all costs.

Hospitals are one the most notorious places to pick up MRSA infections. Outpatient accredited surgical facilities (AAAHC, AAAASF, Medicare etc...) help ensure a safe and comfortable environment to have your elective cosmetic procedures. Money is of no concern when it comes to safety and I would avoid all hospital encounters if at all possible. Most docs know this and that is why it is very rare to have any liposuctions done in hospitals. There are a very few docs who only practice out of hospitals and I'm guessing but they probably have very few complications with liposuction but why take the added risk. Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Lipo in office or hospital

I honestly do not think it matters either way. I performed surgery in the office facility for years and then changed to the hospital as an outpatient about 8 years ago. Infection rate, patient satisfaction rates are unchanged. I think more important is you pick a surgeon after reviewing carefully your decision. I feel happier in the hospital as now I have a board certified anesthesiologist and others to back him up. In the office and most offices it is a nurse anesthetist. 

Rick Rosen, MD
Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and in hospital or facility

I perform most of my liposuction in my fully accredited surgical facility.  I will occasionally do it in the hospital if I am doing other procedures that warrant the hospital of patient preference.  I would say the majority for most are done in the office OR.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Liposuction of ankles, for example, are done in clinics.


Except when dealing with very high volumes, you do not need a hospital.  What you do need are an accredited operating room and recovery room, and a board certified anesthesiologist.  That is what a safe clinic means.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Liposuction As Outpatient or in Hospital Procedure?

I believe the vast majority of liposuction procedures are done in outpatient surgery facilities. Probably the most important decision patients make is their selection of plastic surgeon, not necessarily the outpatient/inpatient location of the procedure performed. Once choice of plastic surgeon is made,  safety “factors” such as   quality of anesthesia provider and accreditation/safety of surgery facility follow.

 I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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