Breast Implants and Diving

diagram showing boyles' law - effects of pressure when diving

Breast Implants and Diving

A common question among female divers is, “Will my breast implants burst if I go scuba diving?” People, who are learning or have just learnt about the effects of pressure on the body while scuba diving, may be a little concerned about their breast implants exploding underwater. However, you should note that the affects of pressure apply to gases and compressible elements, but not water. All divers must learn and remember to equalise their air spaces during diving. 

The increase in water pressure during scuba diving has not effect on breast implants. These implants are usually filled with either silicone or saline. These do not compress and they behave in pretty much the same way as water does. However, if breast implants were filled with air or another gas, then that would be a different story.

If you are an avid diver and you are considering having breast augmentation, then you should consult with your surgeon about the time frame you should allow before getting back in the water. You certainly don’t want to be going scuba diving with unhealed incisions or sore, tender areas.

Another thing to bear in mind is the possibility of your wetsuit being a little tight, especially if you increased your size substantially. Saline filled breast implants are neutrally buoyant so you should not have to deal with any increased buoyancy issues. So, if you are a buxom babe and you want to go diving, be proud of your additional assets and don’t let breast implants stop you from discovering the world under the sea.