Cosmetic Breast Implants Linked to Increased Rates of Suicide, Study Finds

Women who receive cosmetic breast implants are three times more likely to commit suicide than women who do not have cosmetic implants, according to a study published in the August issue of the Annals of Plastic Surgery, the Los Angeles Times reports. For the study, Joseph McLaughlin, a professor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and colleagues analyzed data from 3,527 Swedish women who received cosmetic breast implants between 1965 and 1993. Scientists tracked the women for as long as 29 years after surgery. Breast cancer patients who received reconstructive implants were not included in the study. See also this commentary on the newly-released study: Breast Implants and Suicide: It’s Not All the Women’s Fault