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Plastic Surgery in Office Surgery Facilities

November 27, 2023
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Every day, patients undergo cosmetic and plastic surgery in Florida for a variety of reasons, from cosmetic enhancements to reconstructive plastic surgery.  Procedures such as the Brazilian Butt Lift, liposuction, abdominoplasty, and breast augmentation are commonly performed within office surgery facilities. With new technology, plastic and cosmetic surgery is safer for patients and can sometimes be a one-day outpatient surgery. This amounts to millions of dollars in potential revenue for owners and surgeons practicing in office surgery facilities. 

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) regulates office-based surgery, including plastic surgery and liposuction. The DOH promulgates complex regulations to govern office surgery and requires providers and physicians offering in-office surgery to register with the DOH. According to the Department of Health website there are approximately 732 registered office surgery facilities in Florida, many of which provide plastic or cosmetic surgery. Navigating this complex regulatory landscape can place a significant burden on facilities and surgeons alike. 

Office Surgery Facilities | Continued Increase in Volume of Plastic Surgeries 

Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgery’s 2022 ASPS Procedural Statistics Release, indicate that there has been a 19% increase in the overall number of plastic surgeries performed since 2019. The release also indicates a staggering 1.5 million cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2022. The top procedures include:

  • liposuction
  • breast augmentation
  • tummy tuck
  • breast lift
  • eyelid surgery

Benefits of Office Surgery Facilities

While these procedures can be performed in the hospital or an ambulatory surgery center, many are performed in an office setting or office surgery facilities. This helps reduce health care costs to the consumer, as well as the practitioner and owner of the office surgery facility. The offices that perform surgery can be very small with only one surgeon or large with several surgeons practicing in the facility.  Sometimes, these offices are part of a med spa. 

Opening an Office Surgery Facility | What to Know

Are you opening an office surgery facility? Do you plan on performing surgery or liposuction in-office and are unsure how to proceed? We are here to help. 

If you own or plan to open an office surgery facility or perform surgery in an office setting, there are specific regulations that must be adhered to. Failure to do so could result in filing an Administrative Complaint or worse, the issuance of an Emergency Suspension of the office surgery registration. Many times, complaints against the facility are mirrored against the designated physician in the office surgery facility. Depending on the type of alleged violation, in some cases, the surgeon could also receive an Administrative Complaint. 

Our team has experience assisting current and prospective owners and physicians of office surgery facilities in obtaining and maintaining their registration with the DOH. We are experienced in working directly with DOH’s requirements, preparing the necessary documents, and meeting the timelines required. We will guide you throughout each step of this process and provide comprehensive advice along the way.

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