Since plastic surgery is “surgery,” we often think of it as something complicated that requires being admitted to a hospital followed by recovery, hopefully, in a recovery retreat. However, due to the high cost of medical care in the United States, it is fairly common to perform a tummy tuck in the outpatient surgery facility.
Is it safe?
We now have enough data to show that it is indeed safe. Of course, you must still make sure that you are with the right surgeon and she or he has all the systems in place to take care of you if something does go wrong during and after the surgery, but according to a study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), outpatient abdominoplasty is safe and effective, but of course, proper follow- up care is imperative, and patients need to have responsible caretakers stay with them after surgery.
“Patients must ambulate the day of surgery and take in adequate oral fluids, and all patients need a caregiver to prompt them and help them to do this,” added Dr. Grant Stevens. “Embolism precautions must be taken, and patients with a higher risk for medical complications may still need to be treated as inpatients.”