Will my breast implants freeze up in the cold?

With the ground blanketed in snow and the thermometer hovering around 18 degrees Fahrenheit, it seems the right time to consider what happens to breast implants in the cold.

Imagine that a saline implant and a silicone gel implant were just chillin’ on your lawn. At today’s balmy 18 degrees, the saline implant would be frozen like an ice cube. (Outside of the body, a saline implant would freeze at about 28 degrees Fahrenheit.) The silicone gel implant would still be soft; it won’t ice up until the thermometer dips to 170 below zero.

Screen shot 2014-01-03 at 2.36.37 PMWhen implants are part of your body, your core body temperature of 98.6 will keep them warm. One blogger conjectured, “Even if theoretically a girl was like a reptile or something and had no body heat, the freezing point of the material used in the implants would be pretty low.” In other words, you would die of hypothermia – dangerously low body temperature – long before your implants froze.

We wonder if any of the 52 passengers who were stranded for a week on a Russian research ship in the Antarctic had breast implants. If they did, they didn’t need to worry about them freezing.

If you swim in a cold pool or skate at an ice rink, your implants could cool to slightly below your body temperature, and they might feel cool to the touch. Likewise, if you hang out in a hot tub or spend the day sunbathing at the beach, your implants might feel warm to the touch. In general, implants change temperature very slowly, and breast implants that are placed behind the pectoral muscle are less susceptible to temperature changes. See our Before & After Gallery here.

We don’t agree with the woman on Yahoo who answered the question: Do breast implants freeze up out in the cold? With “yes, which is why girls sneak off to the bathroom immediately after those snowmobiling trips to allow for some thawing time.”  We suspect that the girls just need to go to bathroom – and put on lip gloss.

FYI: According to John Castellani of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, “The record for the lowest body temperature at which an adult has been known to survive is 56.7 degrees F, which occurred after the person was submerged in cold, icy water for quite some time.”