Should plastic surgery be performed in a hospital?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Of utmost importance is safety and predictable results with each and every patient's surgery. As a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, it is my responsibility to make sure that each patient has surgery in the safest environment possible. In general, the majority of elective cosmetic surgical procedures and operations are performed in outpatient ambulatory surgical facilities. The majority of my body sculpting surgical procedures, including breast implants, revisions, reductions, abdominoplasty, and lipo contouring are done in our ambulatory facility, which is accredited by the State of California. Patients who, however, have systemic diseases or medical conditions including significant hypertension, diabetes, or asthma, or other disorders may, however, require inpatient hospitalization. Most elective procedures are not covered by insurance and, therefore, performing cosmetic surgical procedures is extraordinarily expensive, and often not practical.

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