Women, who undergo breast implant surgery, are more likely to have suicidal tendencies, researchers at the Laval Faculty of Medicine and Canadian Public Health Agency have found.
The study revealed that suicide rates among women with breast implants is 73% higher than in the general population.
Women, who had undergone the surgery at an average age of 32, were the subjects of regular follow-ups during a 15 year long study.
A total of 480 women with breast implants died during that period, and cross-referencing with the Canadian Vital Statistic Database was performed to determine the cause of death.
The researchers found that the psychological profile of women who receive breast implants was characterised by low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, and more frequent mental illnesses such as depression.
According to Dr. Brisson, sound medical practice should encourage surgeons to pay particular attention to the reasons why women want to undergo breast augmentation.
"If this reveals problems that cannot be treated with plastic surgery, doctors should refer these patients to mental health professionals," he added.
Although the researchers concluded that breast implant did not affect mortality rates, they asserted that it is likely to increase suicidal tendencies.