SCUBA Diving After Breast Augmentation

I had silicone breast implants placed 2.5 weeks ago via infra mammary incisions. When if ever, can I resume SCUBA diving? Any depth limitations?

Doctor Answers 11

SCUBA diving will not harm breast implants

Saline or silicone gel, SCUBA diving and the pressure changes will not affect your breast implants. The equipment can be heavy, and diving strenuous, so you should allow yourself six weeks or so to fully heal after your procedure. The usual depths, 100 feet,  will be fine.

Best of luck,


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

SCUBA diving after breast augmentation

I generally advise patients to hold off on strenuous activity (eg. working out at the gym) for 4 weeks after surgery, and then gradually increasing their workout activity level between 4 and 6 weeks, resuming all activities by 6 weeks post-op.  SCUBA diving would fall at the 6 week point.  The time intervals could vary based upon how your surgery was performed and your post-operative recovery, however, so I would strongly advise that you discuss your activities with your plastic surgeon and follow your surgeon's recommendations.

Craig S. Rock, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

SCUBA Diving After Breast Augmentation - Go ahead!

You can go scuba diving after about 6-8 weeks, depending on you rate of recovery. If you have any concerns, please ask your surgeon. Enjoy!

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

SCUBA Diving OK after Breast Augmentation

As my colleagues have stated, you should be fine to SCUBA dive once you are healed from breast augmentation.  I would recommend waiting at least 4-6 weeks.  And of course, resume your activity gradually.  Enjoy your trip.

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 210 reviews

Scuba diving after breast augmentation?

I advice a recovery time of 4-6 weeks without any strenuous activity after breast augmentation. After that, there are no limitations. You can even scuba dive!

Frank Agullo, MD
El Paso Plastic Surgeon
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Scuba diving with implants should be OK.

After adequate time for healing (6 weeks) you should be able to scuba dive. Be careful to start slowly like 40 feet to see how it feels and to make sure your are comfortable.

Todd C. Case, MD
Tucson Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Breast augmentation

Once you have healed there should not dany restriction in terms of yourabitity to scuba dive. I am not aware of any depth limitation

David L. Abramson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

SCUBA diving after breast augmentation

Diving in itself should not pose a problem once you have totally healed after surgery.  Since the density of the implant is close to the surrounding tissue, the pressure should not have a noticeable effect.

Malik Kutty, MD
Sugar Land Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Athletic activity following breast augmentation.

I advise patients to avoid strenous activities for 4-6 weeks following breast augmentation surgery.  At that point SCUBA diving should not be a problem.  Please discuss this with the surgeon who performed your augmentation.

Sanjiv Kayastha, MD
Albany Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Scuba diving following breast augmentation

Scuba diving will not affect your breast implant.The implant behaves in the same fashion as the eyeball,it is not affected by pressure caused during scuba diving.

However , placing heavy tanks on your chest and the possibility of the straps tugging on your breast could be problematic during the healing period.So wait at least 8 weeks before diving.

Patients ask the same question about flying in a plane .The pressure changes in a plane will not affect the implants

Hilton Becker, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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