AAAASF: 5 Questions for a Safe Plastic Surgery Center

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr Wigoda AAAASF Plastic Surgery Center

One of the most crucial factors to consider when deciding where to get plastic surgery done is the credentials of your doctor and the facility the surgery will be performed in. Board-certified South Florida plastic surgeon and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward Health, Dr. Paul Wigoda’s surgery center is a Fully Accredited Surgery Center by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

What does this mean? It means that the facility meets high standards for patient safety in the outpatient surgical environment. AAAASF accreditation has been recognized as the “gold standard.” What better place to get a surgery done then the best? AAAASF certification has been a model of excellence in surgical care and has been cited repeatedly as the model program for others to follow. The mission of the AAAASF alone tells of the high standards it sets for surgeons and facilities.


“It is the mission of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) to develop and implement standards of excellence to ensure the highest quality of patient safety through an accreditation program. Accredited facilities and clinics have been inspected and have met 100% of the standards set by AAAASF for Accreditation.”


The place where you get your surgery done is just as important as the credentials of the doctor that is doing the surgery. You MUST make sure that you are in a safe, clean and stable environment no matter if it’s Painless Breast Implants, Liposuction, Botox or ANY surgery. Along with making sure when you talk to your doctor you aren’t shy about asking questions about him and the facility you will be getting the surgery performed in! Come with questions to your plastic surgery consultation to help you better understand the process.


6 of the Most Important Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon


Wondering what questions you can ask your surgeon to make sure you are getting the best possible care? We have made a list of some of the most important questions you can make sure to ask to ensure your safety and comfort.


  1. What are my treatment/surgery options?

    1. What are the benefits of each option?

    2. What are the side effects?

  2. How will this change my daily routine?

  3. Who will assist in the procedure? Their qualifications and training?

  4. How long has the physician performed the procedure?

  5. Where is the surgery being performed? Have there been any serious complications at the surgery site?

  6. What are the warning signs or concerns to watch for?


See our Safety checklist below and for a complete list of questions that you must ask, check out this interview with Dr. Wigoda here!

5 Safety Questions for a Plastic Surgery Center


What should you look for when scooping out the safest plastic surgery center? We have a checklist for you right here!


  • Board-Certified: Is the plastic surgeon board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

  • Accredited: Make sure the facility is accredited by the AAAASF or other safety facilities such as Medicare and the AAAHC. These facilities have strict standards for surgeons as well as hospitals.

  • Reviews and Record! Check out the surgeons record from patients who have already gotten a procedure done or Track down your state’s medical board.  These reviews will give you an honest representation of what you can expect for your own surgery. Dr. Wigoda’s patients constantly write reviews about not just the Dr. Wigoda’s conduct as a doctor, but also the phenomenal staff and environment. Trust the customer! Even reviews on social media sites such as Yelp can give you a great unbiased look into what customers have experienced with various surgeons!

  • Tour: While I use the word “tour” loosely, surgeons will often offer to walk you around the office so you can become familiar with where you will be getting the surgery and where you will be after. Do not be afraid to ask your surgeon for a tour around the surgery center so you can scoop the place out and make sure you are comfortable!

  • Hospital Privileges: A properly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon will have hospital privileges in at least one hospital.  Don’t just ask the doctor if they have hospital privileges. Make sure that the doctor has privileges at a hospital in exactly the procedure that you want performed. If a surgeon has no hospital privileges and operates only in his office, that would be a red flag.


So there you have it, everything you need to know to safely get that body of your dreams!


Want more information?  Watch our interview with Dr. Wigoda here, or contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation!

Plastic Surgery Chat Replay> Dr. Wigoda Hosts Live Health Chat with South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Board-certified plastic surgeon Paul Wigoda, M.D. answers consumer questions about plastic surgery.

Liposuction myths, plastic surgery protocol and nose job no no’s were welcome topics in an online forum when South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda went digital with a South Florida Sun-Sentinel online health chat, answering common questions from consumers about plastic surgery. Last week Dr.Wigoda answered questions from consumers about everything they needed to know when considering plastic surgery.

Paul Wigoda MD on Sun Sentinel Health Chat

No stranger to digital media, Dr. Wigoda frequently reaches out to current and potential patients via his South Florida Plastic Surgery and Beauty Blog, Twitter feed, an active Facebook fan page and YouTube Channel.

“Breaking down the barriers of plastic surgery and helping distinguish the myths and the facts is a continuous educational process,” said Wigoda, whose practice is based in Fort Lauderdale. “I was thrilled to be presented with the opportunity to help so many people at once via the highly accredited and respected Sun-Sentinel’s reach.”

Some topics covered include: Shopping around for a good plastic surgeon, checking the background of a doctor and a surgery center, questions to ask the doctor beforehand, typical costs for various procedures, tricks and traps in advertised prices, what to look for in the contract, safety issues and risks of surgery, getting medical clearance from an independent physician in advance, realistic expectations for the results and what to do if something goes wrong.

A full transcript of the chat is available on the Health page of the Sun-Sentinel’s website.

About Dr. Wigoda
Paul Wigoda, M.D. is a Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon and owner of The Aesthetics Institute. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Florida Medical Association, and the Broward County Medical Association. Dr. Wigoda specializes in Fort Lauderdale breast augmentation, breast reduction, painless breast implants, breast lift, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Botox, laser hair removal, and spider vein treatments.

Paul Wigoda, M.D. Ft Lauderdale Location:
1404 E Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
(954) 463-7088Miami Beach, FL 33139