Plastic Surgery and Suicide: A Clinical Guide for Plastic Surgeons
Reddy V, and Coffey MJ. Plastic Surgery and Suicide: A Clinical Guide for Plastic Surgeons. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2016; 4(8):e828.
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Several studies have identified an increased risk of suicide among patient populations which a plastic surgeon may have a high risk of encountering: women undergoing breast augmentation, cosmetic surgery patients, and breast cancer patients. No formal guidelines exist to assist a plastic surgeon when faced with such a patient, and not every plastic surgery team has mental health clinicians that are readily accessible for consultation or referral. The goal of this clinical guide is to offer plastic surgeons a set of practical approaches to manage potentially suicidal patients. In addition, the authors review a screening tool, which can assist surgeons when encountering high-risk patients.