10 August 2007

Breast Implants and Suicide

From the Annals of Plastic Surgery:

An increased rate of suicide among women with cosmetic breast implants has been consistently reported in the epidemiologic literature.....Among women with implants, we observed statistically significant 3-fold excesses of suicide (SMR, 3.0; 95% CI, 1.9-4.5) and deaths from alcohol or drug dependence (SMR, 3.1; 95% CI, 1.0-7.3), as well as an excess of deaths from accidents and injuries consistent with substance abuse or dependence. The increased risk of suicide was not apparent until 10 years after implantation....The excess of deaths from suicides, drug and alcohol abuse and dependence, and other related causes suggests significant underlying psychiatric morbidity among these women.

[Annals of Plastic Surgery. 59(2):119-123, August 2007]

The question that begs to be answered is WHY?

My theory is that women who want cosmetic breast implants are unhappy with what they were born with. In the first place, I am reminded of what our trusted old house mechanic used to say --- If it ain't broke, why fix it, right?

Unhappiness drives them for change and improvement. So, what happens after 10 years of (supposed) bliss from enhanced breasts? They become unhappy again? Is there a threshold for happiness and satisfaction in this case?
Maybe. After all, the researchers suggest that these women have a "significant underlying psychiatric morbidity."

Those who wish to have cosmetic breast implants should have psychiatric evaluations first before undergoing any operation.

8 reactions:

rolly said...

I think your analysis is correct. This reminds me of what i saw at the ETC channel one time. there was this woman who kept on undergoing practically all that can be done to her body. And to my mind, she doesn't look normal anymore.

bayi said...

Yes, I would agree with you that every female who wishes to do a breast implant has to be evaluated by a psychiatrist first. One should not go for an implant simply because she is unhappy with what she has been born with, not knowing what it means to have an implant. The trouble is that many pictures show women with fantastic breasts smiling and laughing away as though an implant would transform their lives to a state of ultimate happiness. The patients are not told of the discomfort of the body having to support big breasts, the uncomfortable feelings that one may have when the guy glare lecherously at women with big breasts, the risk of silicon leaks, etc.

When things don't turn out the way they hope it would after a breast implant operation, they get depressed. And of course, if they keep the depression to themselves, the situation can get morbid.

So, your suggestion about having psychiatric evaluations before any breast implant operation is an excellent one!

sparks said...

I think they commit suicide because 10 years on, their breasts are still perky but everything else has gone downhill...and so they're reminded that despite the surgeon's helping hand, they're still getting older anyway!

pepe said...

i have to agree with you that the surgery is a manifestation of their unhappiness. it's more of a symptom...

may said...

what is so wrong with socks? when you want them "girls" bigger, go ahead and stuff it in. when you want them girls back to normal, just take the socks out. or kleenex.

just a thought...

cathy said...

why socks?

we used siopao. At the end of the day, we sit down, get some sauce and eat the siopao.

:)

Dr. Emer said...

I know someone who use newspapers and tissue papers instead of socks and siopao! *LOL*

Plastic Surgery Photos said...

women and breasts are deeply attached to each other, physically and mentally. I know it's not just a coincidence that women having implants are committing suicide but the reason remains a mystery.