Most cosmetic surgery patients are well balanced, however, the sector also attracts some patients who are psychologically fragile. This could range from those who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, to simply those that have exaggeratedly unrealistic expectations about outcomes.
The BABS believes that it is the responsibility of cosmetic surgeons to take significant steps in identifying fragile individuals, and to take significantly more care in evaluating suitability for cosmetic procedures than would be needed for medically required ones.
The BABS provides its members with training in recognising fragile patients, and provides written guidelines on best practices for properly managing patient expectations. In some cases this will include asking patients to undergo third party evaluation by a psychologist. In other cases, the BABS guidelines may recommend that the surgeon not perform a procedure.