Durham, N.C. — A study published in a recent issue of Epidemiology suggests that women who undergo breast implant surgery have a higher risk of suicide than women who do not undergo the procedure.
The study examined records of more than 12,000 U.S. women who had implant surgery and more than 3,500 who had other types of cosmetic procedures between 1960 and 1988. The study’s results show that women who had implants were 200 percent more likely to commit suicide than those who had other types of cosmetic procedures.
The study notes that while reasons for the disparity in suicide rates in the two groups are unclear, it also observes similar findings in other studies. The authors write that the higher suicide rate among breast implant patients might be explained by higher levels of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
The study recommends that candidates for breast implant procedures be screened for past and present psychiatric problems.