As aesthetic surgery becomes increasingly popular across all sections of the population, proper patient selection becomes even more important to the entire surgery process. Aesthetic surgery is unique because, unlike any other surgical procedure, it is initiated by the patient and not the physician. In addition, this surgery elicits a more acute reaction from its patients than any other type of surgery.
Because advanced aesthetic surgery is initiated by the patient, surgeons are required to recognize the potentially complex psychological milieu of aesthetic procedures. Before proceeding to the operating room, evaluating the patient’s psychological condition is essential. This can be effectively accomplished by carefully evaluating a patient’s general demeanor and personality, recognizing the patient’s true motive, knowing good from poor prognostic indicators, and using accurate assessment techniques.