A comparative analysis of readmission rates after outpatient cosmetic surgery

Lauren M. Mioton, Mohammed S. Alghoul, John Y.S. Kim*

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Background: Despite the increasing scrutiny of surgical procedures, outpatient cosmetic surgery has an established record of safety and efficacy. A key measure in assessing surgical outcomes is the examination of readmission rates. However, there is a paucity of data on unplanned readmission following cosmetic surgery procedures. Objectives: The authors studied readmission rates for outpatient cosmetic surgery and compared the data with readmission rates for other surgical procedures. Methods: The 2011 National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) data set was queried for all outpatient procedures. Readmission rates were calculated for the 5 surgical specialties with the greatest number of outpatient procedures and for the overall outpatient cosmetic surgery population. Subgroup analysis was performed on the 5 most common cosmetic surgery procedures. Multivariate regression models were used to determine predictors of readmission for cosmetic surgery patients. Results: The 2879 isolated outpatient cosmetic surgery cases had an associated 0.90% unplanned readmission rate. The 5 specialties with the highest number of outpatient surgical procedures were general, orthopedic, gynecologic, urologic, and otolaryngologic surgery; their unplanned readmission rates ranged from 1.21% to 3.73%. The 5 most common outpatient cosmetic surgery procedures and their associated readmission rates were as follows: reduction mammaplasty, 1.30%; mastopexy, 0.31%; liposuction, 1.13%; abdominoplasty, 1.78%; and breast augmentation, 1.20%. Multivariate regression analysis demonstrated that operating time (in hours) was an independent predictor of readmission (odds ratio, 1.40; 95% confidence interval, 1.08-1.81; P = .010). Conclusions: Rates of unplanned readmission with outpatient cosmetic surgery are low and compare favorably to those of other outpatient surgeries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-323
Number of pages7
JournalAesthetic surgery journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)
  • cosmetic surgery
  • outpatient
  • readmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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