Can Breast Implants Explode on an Airplane?

Women who are considering breast implants have many questions about how these implants will affect them. More specifically, they want to know if there are certain activities they should avoid in order to protect their implants and ensure they last a long time.

Over the years, there have been stories and myths about women who have experienced strange sensations in and around the area where their implants are while flying on an airplane. These stories usually indicate that the elevation while ascending on a plane causes the implants to expand. Others theorize that air pockets around breast implants cause discomfort or strange sensations in breast implants when flying.

We’re here to tell you that this just isn’t true, especially if the woman received implants from a reputable plastic surgeon using the proper materials.

Breast implants these days are made from very high quality material. Not only are the shells of the implants thick and durable, but the silicone inside is also very high-grade medical quality as well. This makes it very difficult for implants to rupture even in rapid changes of altitude.

Related: What happens if a breast implant ruptures?

Not only are implants built to withstand altitude changes, they are also able to stand up to other trauma and handling such as a mammogram. There is even research showing an implant being handled before it is placed inside a woman’s body. The implant is pulled and twisted without any breaking or leakage.

The consistency of the silicone inside a breast implant is such that, even if the shell was punctured or cut for whatever reason, it would hold its same general shape. Many people have the misconception that, if an implant were to rupture, the contents would leak out as water would from a balloon. That’s just not how implants are designed.

At the offices of Dr. Richard J. Brown, we understand that questions and concerns regarding breast implants will come up. There are those who have seen or heard very misleading reports or stories about breast implants that may have them reconsidering if implants are the best choice for them. This is why we feel it is so important for anyone who is considering breast implants to meet with Dr. Brown and discuss options with him.

Dr. Brown is a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience. Not only is he an expert in his field, but he is also very easy to talk to. He can help set your mind at ease if you have any hesitations or concerns about breast implants.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Brown today by calling us at ​480-568-3804.