Editor’s Note: This a contentious topic on which studies are nonexistent and expert opinions are diametrically opposed. Surgeons have heated implants in microwaves, in saunas, and in hot water to no immediately obvious effect. Patients, advocates, and surgeons have likewise shared images of aged breast implants that many describe as “melted.” This article is part of our ongoing coverage of breast implants and saunas.
A Houston-based board-certified plastic surgeon says saunas and hot tubs are safe for women with breast implants.
Silicone, which breast implants are made of or encased in, melts at roughly 400 degrees, a temperature the surgeon says neither saunas or hot tubs reach.
Kriti Mohan, MD, on Breast Implants in Saunas and Hot Tubs
On Friday, Dr. Kriti Mohan, who brands herself as “the breast doc,” added to ongoing discussions of the hot topic:
“So what about implants and hot tubs or sauna? Can they handle it?
“Studies show that silicone typically melts at a temperature of approximately 400° degrees.
“Let’s talk about conventional saunas, which go typically from 150-190°.
“And lastly, hot tubs go up to about 110° degrees.
“So bottom line is, if you can handle the heat, so can these girls.”
Breast implants and sauna use is a contentious hot topic today, with some doctors and patient advocates believing extreme heat affects the implants over time, causing them to break down or leach chemicals into the body.
Others, like Mohan, say the opposite: That implants can survive the high temperatures unaffected.