A boob job may give you the breasts you have been craving for, but doctors are warning that it can also triple the risk of suicide in women. As a part of the study, lead researcher Dr. Loren Lipworth and colleagues performed an extended follow-up study of 3, Swedish women who underwent cosmetic breast implant surgery between and They then used the death certificate data to analyze causes of death among women with breast implants, compared to the general female population. They found that the long-term risk of suicide is tripled for women who have undergone cosmetic breast implant surgery. The average age at breast implant surgery was 32 years.
Objective: This article discusses the unexpected relationship between cosmetic breast implants and suicide that has been found in six epidemiological investigations completed in the last several years. Method: The epidemiological studies are reviewed. Results: Across the six studies, the suicide rate of women who received cosmetic breast implants is approximately twice the expected rate based on estimates of the general population. Although the first study of this issue suggested that the rate of suicide among women with breast implants was greater than that of women who underwent other forms of cosmetic surgery, the largest and most recent investigation in this area found no difference in the rate of suicide between these two groups of women. Conclusions: The higher-than-expected suicide rate among women with cosmetic breast implants warrants further research. In the absence of additional information on the relationship, women interested in breast augmentation who present with a history of psychopathology or those who are suspected by the plastic surgeon of having some form of psychopathology should undergo a mental health consultation before surgery.
Women With Breast Implants Are 3 Times More Likely to Commit Suicide
Arch Intern Med. Background Epidemiologic studies indicate that women with cosmetic breast implants have a significantly increased risk of suicide. Our objectives were to examine mortality among Danish women who underwent cosmetic breast implant surgery and to evaluate the baseline prevalence of psychopathological disorders as measured by admission to a psychiatric hospital among women seeking cosmetic surgery. Methods Cohort study of women who underwent cosmetic breast implant surgery at private clinics of plastic surgery or public hospitals, women who underwent breast reduction surgery at public hospitals, and women who attended private clinics for cosmetic surgery other than breast implantation, between and Causes of death through were identified through the Danish Mortality Files.
Erika Rae Ritschard, 28, had a boob job seven years ago but immediately began to suffer from anxiety and depression. The photo editor then started suffering from memory loss, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, skin rashes and unintended weight loss. She now thinks she was suffering from "breast implant illness", after stumbling across a Facebook support group for the mysterious condition. Erika, from Mississippi, USA, said: "It's horrifying to think that what I had chosen to put into my body was making it wither away.