Thursday, August 9, 2007

Breast Implants: Less May Be More

Women with cosmetic breast implants are nearly three times as likely to commit suicide as other women, according to a study just released by The Annals of Plastic Surgery. This group of women also had a tripled risk of death from drug and alcohol abuse. My thought is there should be a warning on an implant saying, “Silicone and alcohol do not mix”.

If the women weren’t depressed enough before, no doubt they are now. In 2006, 383,886 U.S. women had breast augmentation, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, making it the second-most popular surgical cosmetic procedure, after liposuction. Those who decided to become smaller, rather than bigger, must be feeling pretty smug. It turns out that less may actually be more. I wonder if women with push-up bras are also more prone to depression, or are they just likely to be cranky?

Breast enhancement wasn't anything I gave much thought to until we vacationed at a partially nude beach in St. Martin last winter, where reading soon gave way to a game of “Are they real?” Fake boobs were easy to spot as they’re symmetrical and rounder, impervious to gravity or aging, a cross between real breasts and headlights.

The speculation is there may be a higher proportion of psychiatric disorders among women who choose to have implants. I can imagine that women get them as an add-on only to find, as I did after paying extra for the luxury package available with a new car, that the boobs (like bucket seats and a leather console) don’t change how you feel about yourself.

I wonder if there will be a similar study done on men who've used that stuff that enlarges the penis.

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