Many patients prefer a safe and and private facility in which to have their cosmetic surgery procedure performed. It is for this reason that many cosmetic surgery procedures are done at outpatient surgicenters or other private facilities. It is, however, important to research the facility and insist that it is certified by a national organization such as the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Such an organization (sometimes referred to as a “quad A” facility), establishes stringent guidelines and ensures that specific procedures and protocols are in place. This ensures that all cosmetic surgical procedures done in this setting are carried out in a safe and effective manner. In fact, plastic surgeons who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgery will only perform surgery in an accredited hospital or an approved outpatient surgicenter. Patients should insist on these standards and be very cautious about having a surgical procedure done in a facility that does not meet these qualifications or criteria.