Although cosmetic surgery can have significant benefits for patients lacking in self-confidence, it can also become a debilitating psychological handicap. Patients who have overarching unrealistic expectations, those addicted to repetitive cosmetic procedures, or with body dysmorphic disorder are emotionally vulnerable.
The BABS is committed to educating its members on ways to identify patients at risk, and with establishing best practices for managing their expectations. This means more than simply describing the expected outcomes. It also means including consultative processes that can help identify patients at risk.
The BABS encourages its surgeons to refer to third party psychologists when it seems that a patient may not have sufficiently accounted for the emotional factors of cosmetic surgery.
The BABS stipulates that part of the professional duties of its doctor members includes helping vulnerable patients also address their issues of self-esteem. As part of this objective, the BABS develops psychological evaluation tools, and provides training to its members in this area.