There are many plastic surgery procedures that can be performed on an outpatient basis. Also known as day surgery and ambulatory surgery, outpatient surgery does not require the patient to spend the night in the surgical facility. In other words, the patient can go home a few hours after the procedure. The majority of the elective plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, thanks to the advent of new technologies and shorter medical procedure improvements that have considerably reduced the risks and complications. However, the patient’s health would be monitored after the surgery, because despite the improvements in technologies and procedures, plastic surgery is not risk-free. If the patient remains stable after the procedure, he or she would be allowed to go home. The training, experience, and skills of the plastic surgeon are very important considerations in outpatient plastic surgery procedures. Equally important is the quality of the hospital or surgical facility where the operation will be performed. If the surgery is being performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can expect to go home a few hours because you can be assured that the operation has been properly carried out. It bears mentioning that for most plastic surgery procedures, the traditional approaches are rarely used. Instead, most plastic surgeons use less invasive, modern techniques, which significantly reduces the side effects and risks, ensuring a smoother and safer recovery. When minimally invasive techniques are used, the patient can go home a few hours after the surgery. Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are undertaken with the help of specially developed surgical tools, which lets the surgeon do the surgeries via very small incisions. The major plastic surgery procedures that are performed on an outpatient basis include the following: • Liposuction • Breast augmentation • Eyelid surgery • Buttock augmentation • Body lift • Tummy tuck • Facelift • Breast reduction • Breast lift • Brazilian butt lift There are many patients who opt to go for combo plastic surgery procedures, because the risks and complications have been greatly reduced. However, it is important to note that not all combined plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. If two or more major or invasive plastic surgery procedures are carried out together, overnight hospital stay will be required so your post-op recovery could be monitored and your wellbeing assured. Another important factor that is taken into account is your overall health. If you are suffering from any health problem and undergo plastic surgery, your doctor may require you to spend the night in the hospital. This is to make sure that you get immediate medical help should your health become unstable. In any case, it is important for the patient to discuss with the doctor post-surgical care and need for overnight hospital stay. While it is rare for a doctor to advise overnight stay for routine plastic surgery procedures, it will be required if your health becomes unstable after the operation, or if you had past health issues that may or may not impact on your condition during or after surgery. In that scenario, your surgeon will recommend that you spend the night in the surgical facility for added caution.