What Are the Risk with Flying with Saline Breast Implants?

I am a black female in Germany due to military reasons. I will be returning to the states in about 10 months. I am having a tummy tuck and breast implants done in May. I have not decided which type implant im going to go with because I am afraid of silicone and the horrors stories Ive heard of people's immune systems being compromised.My doctor prefers I use silicone but he says it up to me. He said something I never heard, he said that the valve in the implant can open while flying. Info PLEASE

Doctor Answers 15

Flying and breast implants

Aircraft cabins are pressurized so that the pressure within the cabin is the same as on the ground.  This should pose no threat to your breast implants whether they are saline or silicone gel.  Another question that I frequently get is if you can SCUBA dive with implants.  The answer to that one is also yes.


Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Flying with saline implants

It is safe to fly with either saline or silicone gel implants. You should not be worried about silicone gel implants. There are numerous retrospective studies of the old silicone gel style implants put in millions of women as well as prospective studies of the new style silicone gel implants that show there is no higher likelihood of any medical problem in patients with silicone gel implants than people without implants at all.

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

What Are the Risks of Flying with Saline Breast Implants?

There are none of which I am aware.

After your breast augmentation surgery, and once you are over the early healing phase (2-4 weeks), you are meant to begin to forget you had the surgery. There are no specific activities that I advise my patients to avoid at that time.

By the way, there never was (nor is there to this day) any serious evidence that silicone gel breast implants have a relationship with immune disorders in humans. These are the likely the most intensively studied medical devices in the history of humanity. As long ago as the mid-1990s the American College of Rheumatology issued a position paper stating that there was no evidence of a relationship between silicone gel implants and immune disease. They have not changed their position since that time.

Still, the final choice of implant is up to you and you must be comfortable with your choice.

Good luck!

Eric Pugash, MD
Vancouver Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 136 reviews

What are the risk with flying with saline breast implants?

Hello! Thank you for your question! Altitude and pressure have no effect on breast implants, whether saline or silicone. It is safe to travel by air or even scuba dive without concern. No further precautions should be taken during these activities. Certainly, discuss any concerns with your surgeon prior. Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Flying after Breast Augmentation Surgery

Both saline and silicone breast implants are safe when considering flying. Millions of women have flown after both saline and silicone breast augmentation surgery. Many patients travel to to Florida for their jacksonville breast augmentation surgery and return home via plane within the first few weeks after surgery without any incidence or complications. 

Ankit Desai, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Saline implants are safe in flying.

The decision to pick which type of implant (saline or silicone) is ultimately up to you.  After reviewing all pros and cons of silicone and saline implants, you should decide on the implant type.  You should know that both the saline and silicone implants are safe; they do not cause caner or connective disease.  In regards to saline implant, I have never heard nor experienced any valve problem while flying.

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Saline implants are safe while flying

I have performed augmentation on several fighter, transport, and helicopter pilots and none of them have ever experienced any problems with their implants -- even when pulling several G's in fighters.

For some reason I have been asked about flying and implants by several patients in the last several months -- there must be some thread out on the internet that is making people nervous.

I am unaware of any risks associated with implants and flying.

Most of the horror stories that you have heard regarding silicone implants are nothing more than stories being propogated on the internet.  In  my Salt Lake City, UT breast augmentation practice I perform hundreds of augmentation each year with silicone (and saline) implants and have not seen any patients with immune system problems etc.

Richard H. Fryer, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 271 reviews

Never heard of this

Honestly silicone implants have been proven to be very safe and the majority of patients do prefer them. That being said I agree with your surgeon that both options are fine and the choice is yours. I have never heard any issues about valve problems while flying.  Good luck!

Eric Chang, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

No risk from flying with saline breast implants

Thousnads of women are wearing saline breast implants and they travel and fly without any concerns. You should do the same.

Best of luck, peterejohnsonmd.com

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Implants and flying

if flying wsa prohibited with implants, then most flights would only ahve men on them!  It is perfectly safe to fly with implants.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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