There is one basic difference between outpatient and inpatient surgeries. Outpatient refers to any type of procedure that does not require an overnight stay in a medical facility while inpatient procedures require a patient to be hospitalized for at least one night in order to receive the necessary medical treatment for their surgery.
There are very few situations for which we would admit a cosmetic patient to the hospital. But one example would be for a weight loss patient who is undergoing multiple procedures on the same day such as a lower body lift combined with either breast surgery, arm lift or thigh lift. Multiple surgeries, such as these, performed on the same day can make for a very long surgery.
More commonly, reconstructive patients are admitted to the hospital as an inpatient. One example would be breast reconstruction. Dr. Tarola will further discuss all your options with you during your consultation.