Three Times Higher Suicide Rate for Breast Implant Research Group

September 10, 2003 - A new study by a team of Finnish and American researchers indicates women who undergo cosmetic breast implant surgery may have a threefold increase in their risk of suicide than the general population.

According to David Sarwer of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, the findings underscore the need for plastic surgeons to assess their patients' mental health status before doing breast enlargement surgery. This is the third study of it's kind that indicates an increase in suicide risk for women who undergo breast enlargement.

The findings were reported during the 22nd Annual American Medical Association's Science Reporters Conference. The complete study will be published in the October issue of the journal Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Source: United Press International

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