All surgical procedures comport certain levels of risk, and this is equally true for cosmetic procedures such as body sculpting.
The BABS has several important objectives as part of its charter. These include quantitatively evaluating risk, providing patients with a clear understanding of those risks, and finally proposing methodologies to reduce them.
These activities all constitute a part of the BABS's pledge of continuous improvement. By collecting and studying the results of its members' surgical outcomes, it is expected that the factors that correlate to adverse outcomes can be identified. These can subsequently be used to propose improvements to both surgical procedures, patient aftercare, and in providing more complete and robust patient information.
In addition to data-driven evaluations of risk, the BABS also provides regular training to its members in a wide variety of areas.
As a part of this important work of continuous improvement, BABS endeavours to identify best practices pertinent to body sculpting and cosmetic surgery.
The best practices protocol that BABS has established are adapted from the recommendations of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), and are illustrated in the flow diagram below.