Psychological Screening for Women Seeking Breast Implants? continued...
Nahai also says it is the responsibility of the plastic surgeon to assess every patient.
"Frankly, most of the women who come in to see us for breast implants are on some sort of mood-elevating drug, and it becomes a little difficult to sort them out," he says. "Sometimes I ask them, 'Have you discussed this with your psychiatrist?' If I have a high level of suspicion that you may have a psychological problem, I will also ask the patient for permission to discuss this with your therapist and ask whether this is the right thing for you at this time of your life."
Lipworth, however, does not think that all plastic surgeons maintain Nahai's high standards.
"With over 300,000 women getting implants in the U.S. last year, I am not sure how much screening is going on," she says.