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Dying For Breast Implants? The Link Between Fake Breasts And Suicide

Updated on October 13, 2009

One In Five...

Today there are millions of women craving plastic surgery, believing that it will make them look better, increase their confidence, and improve their lives. In spite of the fact that breast augmentation means going under general anesthetic, having one's body cut open, and incurring a risk of infection, botched surgery, and even death, thousands upon thousands of women elect to have this surgery carried out year after year.

If one watches television shows like 'Extreme Makeover", one could be lead to believe that breast implants really are a ticket to a happier life for a flat chested woman. But are women who undergo breast augmentation happier? Do breast implants really improve the quality of a woman's life?

An interesting new study performed on Swedish women who underwent breast implant surgery reveals some disturbing data. According to the study, performed by Loren Lipworth of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee, women who have have breast implants are three times more likely to commit suicide than women who do not.

The study was performed on 3,527 women from Sweden, 24 of whom committed suicide some time after their surgery. Whilst this seems like a rather small number, it is three times higher than the average population.

Researchers also found that not only was there an increased risk of suicide in this group, but also an increased risk of drug and alcohol abuse. The same study uncovered that there were three times more deaths relating to drugs and alcohol than was normal in the general population.

In all, 22% of women in the study group died from suicide, drug abuse, or psychological disorders. That is (very roughly) around 1 in 5 women. What that means is that out of every five women that go under the knife, one of them will die from suicide, alcoholism, drug addiction, or a mental illness in the next 20 years.

Given that women are having breast implants younger and younger, and that many young women are having them done as high school graduation gifts, parents who elect to have their child's body modified as a present to them may well find that their daughters are dead by the time they are 38, well before their time.

Though breast augmentation has become common in many circles, and perhaps even expected in some parts of the world, the fact remains that undergoing surgery to make one's breasts look better is a drastic action.

The same people who are shocked when a teenager cuts themselves are often the first to understand the desire to have another person cut ones body open and stick silicone inside. Is one really any more self mutilation than the other? Are the perky 'bolt on' breasts currently taking over the world really beautiful? Or should they perhaps be understood as expressions of pain and cries for help?

Heidi Montag famously expressed her feelings regarding her own breast augmentation in an interview where she said: "Right before I went in, I was, like, 'What if I don't wake up? Then, I thought, 'I don't care. If I don't wake up, it's worth it.' I just wanted it so badly."

There are thousands of women the world over paying to have their bodies hacked and changed just in order to feel beautiful, in order to gain acceptance, in order simply to be loved. Seen in this light, breast augmentation isn't a gift, it isn't a harmless procedure, it's one of the greatest tragedies in recent Western civilization.


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      Breast Expansion 8 years ago

      Wowo great..i like this info..thanks for sharing as it really points out some truth behind it afterall. Just wish more women realize about this.

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      Angel of Life 9 years ago

      Fascinating reading. Thanks TONS for this one!!

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      Hope Alexander 9 years ago

      Aw, thanks gamergirl :)

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      Kiz 9 years ago from Antioch, TN

      *leaves hugs, loving this hub*

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      BrookeB 9 years ago

      Very interesting. Thanks for posting those findings. You could be saving lives!