Breast implants aren’t bullet-proof but it’s been reported that a women’s fake breasts saved her life.
In 2012, a Canadian woman, Eileen Likness, testified at her ex-boyfriend’s trial, that when he shot her, she survived the gunshot wound when it pierced her nipple and exited her armpit. This suggested the breast implant protected her vital organs by changing the bullet’s trajectory.
Researcher and plastic surgeon from the University of Utah, Christopher Pannucci, decided to test this theory with his colleagues.
They used blocks of ballistics gel to mimic human tissue and shot bullets at the gel and then with 750 cubic centimeter breast implants as cover. They found the bullet to travel slower since the implant changed its shape, causing it drag. Additionally the bullet’s distance shortened by 8 cm, or 20%, when the implant protected the ballistics gel. The shots were fired at 300 m/sec.
This implies, according to Dr. Pannucci, that the decelerating effect of the implant could be life-saving as they act as “tiny airbags” also protecting one from stab wounds and other types of piercing trauma.
Of course breast implants are far from being”bullet-proof vests” but this study puts some positive light on the prostheses as for years they’ve been criticized for their health risks, including the recent study suggesting a higher risk of anaplastic large cell lymphoma discussed here.