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Suicide Rate High For Women With Breast Enhancement

Apr 9, 2008
A recent Canadian survey has suggested that women who undergo breast enhancement are quite likely to commit suicide.

The findings are very disturbing given the popularity of this particular kind of cosmetic surgery, especially since many women have at some point or another seriously considered having the surgery themselves.

Is the suicide rate directly linked to the surgery itself? This is very unlikely, as what the findings actually suggest is that the emotional state of women undergoing breast enhancement tends to be low.

What you may want to know is, why does this data exist? How are we supposed to interpret this information, given that many of us would like our breasts to be different? Are we supposed to forego surgery in the vague hopes that we will not commit suicide in the future?

Perhaps we need to focus not on the cosmetic surgery itself, but on the state of mind that leads us to want the surgery to begin with. For the vast majority of women the real reason behind breast enhancement is low self esteem, not any medical reason or pure extravagancy.

We live in a world that is plainly centred on the female breast, and if we do not fit into that very specific mould, chances are we feel at least a small interest in cosmetic surgery. We cannot escape the World of Breasts.

They are the only private body part that is allowed to be shown on daytime television (aside from the butt, which does not drum up quite the fanfare), men mention the word at least fifty times a day (even if they do claim to not be taken in by popular imagery) and every beautiful woman seems to have hers clearly on display with incredible plunging necklines and see through garments. How is a woman with imperfect breasts supposed to feel?

The fact is that a great many of us actually have tiny breasts, some of which do not even in adulthood fit into conventional bras. Others have mature breasts that are beyond their perky time in life, and still others have unusual nipples, areoli, and extra breast hair.

Statistically speaking, it looks like there are a whole lot of women who are forced every day to compare their own breasts to a million perfect sets that are all but thrust in their faces. Is it any wonder why women who have had breast enhancement are suffering from depression?

They have lived a life of inadequacy, according to TV, radio, magazines, art, and ever so innocently, their boyfriends and husbands. It is unfair to expect them to take this bombardment of the so called perfect pair of breasts and face up to it with a steel will.

Given this kind of stress, we can all be forgiven for feeling that we are not good enough for the world. Sadly, many of these women were not able to repair their broken self esteem with a breast enhancement.

We should all remember this unfortunate statistic the next time we find ourselves seriously considering cosmetic surgery. It seems that despite the ability to physically change ourselves into what the world wants to see, our emotional stability is not actually dependent on what we look like.

Once the damage to our psyches has been done, there is no quick fix. While breast enhancement has provided happiness to many women who were previously uncomfortable or embarrassed by their breasts, it man not be the straightforward answer for you.

Cosmetic surgery will not in itself make you want to end your life, but the frame of mind that accompanies it may be harder to fix than you realise. If you are struggling with feelings of inadequacy, you may want to see a therapist or your family doctor to discuss more important strategies than simple breast enhancement.
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