Why do breast implants feel cold?

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Question from Robbie: Why are my implants so cold?
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. Implants placed after mastectomy tend to be a little cooler than the rest of the body, and a complaint or feature that women do appreciate over time, especially in women in colder climates. This is because the implants are filled with saline or silicone and essentially sit outside the chest cavity and just beneath the skin. They probably are, in fact, a degree or a few degrees cooler than the true body temperature.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called After Surgery: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects featured Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Linda Miller, P.T. answering your questions about short-term and long-term side effects of breast surgery, and what you can do about them.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2008.

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