Why I Removed My Breast Implants + One Week Post Explant (Breast Implant Illness) - Diary of a Fit Mommy (2022)

In October 2011, I made the decision to get breast implants. I had lost around 45 lbs from changing my lifestyle and the breasts that I once had were non-existent. I wanted to feel feminine again and to make matters worse, my ex-husband encouraged me to get them to “spice things up.” Oh, if only I could go back to that moment where I thought I needed them.. I would have told myself that I was no less of a woman without them.

I chose 400cc silicone gel implants that were placed underneath my muscle, above my heart and lungs. The doctor said they were safe and that was good enough for me. At the time, I felt I did not need to do my own research and asked no questions. The morning after surgery, waking up was painful. I literally felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I was breathing shallow, painful breaths, but apparently this was “normal” for post operation when you get implants placed. I should have taken this as a red flag. No, and I repeat, NO cosmetic treatment should ever hinder your breathing. Breathing is vital.. you cannot live without it. Over time, I healed and there was no more pain so life went on and I enjoyed my new look.

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Over the past 7 years after getting my implants, my health started changing, though. It was brief and vague at first.. from simply becoming more depressed and anxious then this past year I came close to being bedridden due to debilitating fatigue. In the beginning, I chalked it up to motherhood and getting older. But then I saw ladies who were way older than me with more energy.. something did not add up here.

I spent months and months going to doctors to find answers. Each time the blood work came back, they would be negative and we were once again back at square one. I truly felt like I was going insane. I was 29 and the way I was feeling didn’t make sense. I wanted answers, but couldn’t find any. I did get one blood test result back that told me my hormones were at a menopausal level. Menopausal at 29? There was no way. I retested and one month later, I was fine. No doctor could explain this to me. Pictured below is what my hair would look like after just one wash.

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My doctor tried to put me on more anti-depressants, but this was the last thing that I needed. I felt like I was not getting heard and I kept trying and trying only to be left frustrated and lonely. My endocrine and immune systems were taking a beating and nothing I could do would help. My hormones were out of control and I felt like I was 80 years old. I started to ask myself, am I going to die like this?

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In just a matter of 7 years, I went from working out 5 days a week and being so energetic that I would refuse a nap to being stuck on my couch or in bed unable to muck up enough energy for a simple grocery shopping trip or to play with my children. My mind was clearly not working anymore. I would have a full conversation with my husband and not be able to recount any words or what it was about. I would pull out my phone to text a friend and start typing words that did not make sense. My mental health started to decline and this was one of the scariest things I had ever experienced.

The other scary thing that had been happening to me since the implants were placed was chest pains. Why would a healthy 29 year old woman with zero history of heart disease suffer from chest pain? The pains were always left sided and felt so sharp. When the pain would suddenly appear, it would last for about 45 seconds and I would have to hold my breath until it passed because breathing in would make me feel as if my chest would explode. I ended up in the ER hooked up to monitors and EKG machines only be to let go 3 hours later because I was “fine.” However, I did have Costochondritis which is an inflammation of the sternum, believed to be brought on by the weight of my implants pulling at my ribs.

Eventually I was diagnosed with Chiari through an MRI of the brain for complaints of headaches and while that explained a few things, it didn’t explain all my symptoms so I knew there was more going on. A Chiari Malformation is a brain condition in which the cerebellum herniates through the foramen magnum. (I knew that keeping my implants would only trigger more inflammation in my body which could worsen the Chiari so when I decided to remove my implants, this played a huge factor.)

Physically, I was at the point where my body wouldn’t allow me to lift weights or run anymore because my joints and muscles hurt. I was stuck in bed for most of my day, sleeping yet never feeling fully rested. I constantly felt like something was trying to pull my eyelids shut at all times. Other than fatigue, I suffered from:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Poor Memory
  • Brain Fog
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Hairloss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Chronic colds/sinus infections
  • Hand tremor
  • Poor circulation
  • Puffy face, yellow eyes
  • Chest pain/Costochondritis
  • Hard to breathe
  • Tingling and numbness in extremities
  • Bad body odor
  • Acne breakouts

When my health took a toll for the worst this past year, I finally decided to do my own research. I found out that my breast implants could be the issue as silicone is linked to many autoimmune disorders since they’re endocrine/hormone disrupters. I did not want to believe this at first.. I mean we have been told that these medical devices are safe, right? But the more I learned, the more I realized I wasn’t alone. I found other women who were suffering and we all had the same symptoms in common in an online Facebook group called Healing Breast Implant Illness by Nicole. Case by case, I kept seeing these bright young women who fell ill to this mysterious disease.. so many lives ruined. It finally clicked-this was me.

Silicone is comprised of over 40+ chemicals and heavy metals which the FDA does not necessarily tell anyone.. you actually have to DIG to find this info. Why did I not do my research on the ingredients before? I was so angry that I never even thought to question this! I was told they were safe by my plastic surgeon and I believed him. I chose to believe the same FDA that told us that cigarettes were safe years ago. These well known chemicals target your vital organs-your kidneys, brain, liver, etc-and attacks them. This is why my brain had been shutting down. This is why I had been aging so easily. This is why my joints hurt. I could not believe my eyes.Look at the following two charts and tell me if anyone would knowingly allow these ingredients into their bodies?

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Apparently, silicone is not inert as some doctors and implant companies have claimed. It sweats and bleeds from the insertion which means even IF yours do not leak, tear, or rupture, your body still gets poisoned and there are studies to prove it. One of the studies I read showed that approximately 74 percent of women with implantshad silicone migrationto their lymph nodes. Implants are permeable.. doctors will tell you that nothing can get in or out, but how can they explain the saline implants that are covered in mold on the inside? The silicone implants that turn yellow and have speckles of something inside of them? How did this happen?

Silicone alsodepletes your body’s collagen stores. That’s why a lot of women with breast implants suffer from premature aging and joint pain. D4 (also known as octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane from silicone) has aproven impact on levels of LH and FSH—hormones that you need to ovulate. That points to why many women in that group report irregular periods, infertility, and early menopause, some as early as their mid-20s. Remember earlier when I mentioned that my blood test came back as menopausal? THIS.. this was why!

After figuring out that my implants were the cause of my issues, I knew what I had to do and that was an explant. This involved finding a skilled doctor who could not only remove my implants, but the capsule around the implants as well. The body forms a capsule around every implant and basically it is scar tissue that protects the body from the foreign object (the implant) and tries to attack it. The thing about an explant surgery is that not all plastic surgeons can do them and do them well so I ended up using the Explant doctor list on the Healing Breast Implant Illness site to find the best one for me.

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I chose Doctor Jae Chun in Newport Beach, California because he is one of the top explant doctors in the world. Being in Florida, I had a phone consult with him and he answered all of my questions with me barely having to ask a thing. He does not do implants anymore because he believes in breast implant illness so his practice is solely dedicated to explanting. He even does around 4 explants a day so I knew he was it! I paid $7,600 for my explant surgery which was way more expensive than my initial implant surgery was ($5,500) back in 2012. The process was also a lot more intricate than an augmentation.

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I removed my implants on December 4th 2018 and have never looked back. It has been a week since I have had them removed, but I can honestly say that I feel like a whole new person. I remember waking up from the 1.5 hour surgery feeling so hopeful. My husband said that I looked better than I had in years. Here is a photo prior to surgery and then after waking up and getting into a wheelchair.

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Doctor Chun was able to get all of my capsule out and said I actually had a small contracture on my right implant. This explained why my right breast was so much smaller than the left! Over time, the contracture may have gotten worse so I was thankful to have removed them when I did. I went home that night wearing drain tubes in each breast to prevent any hematomas or seratomas. They were very weird at first, but not super uncomfortable as I thought they would be.

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The day after surgery, I noticed that my face (and whole body) were less inflamed and slimmer. It was also like I got more color back in my face. My face also started producing oil again-my skin had been dry for so long. As far as pain goes, it was not as bad as when the implants were placed. Explanting was much easier and I honestly barely needed any of my pain medications. The only thing I have felt is just sore in my chest.

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I went to my post op appointment and got my breast implants back in a bag. Doctor Chun took my hand and placed the bag between my fingers and told me to feel how heavy they were. I could not believe it, you guys. I had this weight sitting on my heart and lungs for 7 years. I went home and weighed the implants to find that they were 2lbs!! They also removed my drains the following day and I was set to go back home. Here is a photo of my actual implants and a picture of my husband helping me monitor my drains below.

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The first thing I noticed upon waking up from surgery was that I could breathe. No, like I could actually breathe. Deeply. For the first time in 7 years. You know, breathing is something that we need in order to survive. The weight of my 400cc (2lb) implants literally crushed my chest and has impaired my breathing for so long that I forgot what it was like to truly breathe. I also noticed how much lighter I felt-it didn’t feel like an elephant was sitting on my chest anymore. There was something so freeing about the moment I woke up from surgery. I knew instantly that I had made the right decision.

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I know you guys are wondering about my new boobs and how I feel about them. I chose to skip a lift and I did not do a fat transfer at this time since I want more kids in the future. When I first saw my breasts post op, I was scared to look at them. But the first thing my husband said was “You got boobs!!!!” I look down and sure enough I had some, although not as big as before. They are cute and they suit me. I am learning to love myself as myself more and more each day. Honestly, I am 100% happy with my results-cosmetically and health wise. Small boobs rock!

Here I am one week later and I feel that I am still improving each day. My posture is even better!! My neck has not been hurting as usual. I feel my energy is slowly returning.. heck at 4 days post op, I made a trip to Disneyland and walked around for a few hours. I also feel more alert mentally, but I want to wait until I am at least one month post op before I make any more claims so that I know it was a true change and due to the explant. I am still a little sore and tired from the surgery so I really want to make sure I can gauge the changes accurately for you guys and for myself. With that being said, I will blog a one month post op update here in a few weeks to let you all know how I am healing.

Thank you all for the continued support.

If you have silicone breast implants and believe you’re experiencing adverse effects, report them to your doctor and to theFDA, which will hold a public Medical Devices Advisory Committee meeting in 2019 to ensure that patients and healthcare providers continue to have accurate, scientifically sound information about breast implant safety and effectiveness, according to aSeptember 2018 agency statement.

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FAQs

How long does it take to heal from breast explant surgery? ›

It can take up to one year for your body to heal from implant removal surgery completely. You may experience swelling and fluctuating breast sizes after your surgical incisions have healed. Your breasts will take time to acclimate to their new shape. The final results of your procedure depend on several factors.

How long after explant do BII symptoms go away? ›

Conclusions. Although BII encompasses a large range of symptoms, subjects in this study demonstrated significant and sustained improvement in 11 common symptom domains. This improvement was demonstrable within the first 30 days postoperatively and was maintained beyond 30 days.

What happens to your body after breast implant removal? ›

After implant removal, your breasts may sag, droop or appear misshapen. Many people choose to have implant removal with a breast lift (mastopexy). During a breast lift, your surgeon removes excess skin and reshapes your breast tissue. If needed, the surgeon can also reposition the nipple and areola.

Why I got my breast implants removed? ›

One of the most common reasons that breast implants may need to be removed or replaced is because scar tissue can harden around the implants. It can cause pain and discomfort, and also change the implants' appearance. This is known as capsular contracture.

How long should I wear compression bra after explant? ›

After the explant procedure, you should wear a compression bra for a minimum of two weeks, 24 hours a day.

How long does it take for breasts to fluff after explant? ›

The filling out sensation and softening of the breasts (sometimes referred to as “fluffing”) might occur 6-9 months after the cosmetic surgery.

Does BII go away after implant removal? ›

In many, but not all cases, surgery to remove the breast implants improves or completely resolves the BII symptoms. BII is not currently recognized as an official medical diagnosis, and there is no diagnosis code for it. It is poorly understood and hasn't been studied much as a unique condition.

How can I massage my breast after explant surgery? ›

Cup your hands over the top of your breasts, either one or both on each breast at a time. Push downwards for a few seconds, release and repeat. Do the same maneuver, but this time push the breast upward. Push your breasts toward the middle of your chest by placing your hands on each side.

Can removing breast implants reverse autoimmune disease? ›

Silicone breast implant removal may relieve early autoimmune symptoms, but it will not cure an autoimmune disease that has already developed. The decision to have your breast implants removed is personal and one that should be made with your doctor.

What should I do after explant surgery? ›

After your explant surgery, you should sleep on your back for eight to 12 weeks post-op. Sleeping in this position eliminates the risk of excessive pressure damaging your incisions while they should be healing. It also puts your breasts in the best possible position for healing quickly and effectively.

How painful is breast explant surgery? ›

As stated previously, you will experience no pain or discomfort during the procedure. You will most likely be asleep under general anesthesia or administered local anesthesia in conjunction with intravenous sedation.

Can you get BIA ALCL after explant? ›

The surgical removal of the scar capsule around your implant is called a "capsulectomy" in an otherwise healthy patient. Having a total capsulectomy at the time of implant removal is not known to change the risk of developing BIA-ALCL.

Where does BIA-ALCL spread to? ›

In more advanced cases, it may spread to lymph nodes near your breast and in other parts of your body. It can also enter your chest wall underneath your breast. BIA-ALCL generally grows slowly. Usually, healthcare providers treat it surgically by removing the breast implant and surrounding capsule.

What are the chances of getting BIA-ALCL? ›

The current lifetime risk of BIA-ALCL is estimated to be 1:2,207-1:86,029 for women with textured implants based upon current confirmed cases and textured implant sales data over the past two decades.

How many cases does BIA-ALCL have? ›

The latest report released by the FDA in August 2020 revealed a total of 733 BIA-ALCL cases worldwide, including 384 cases in the United States, 334 outside the United States, and 15 cases of unknown location.

How painful is explant surgery? ›

As stated previously, you will experience no pain or discomfort during the procedure. You will most likely be asleep under general anesthesia or administered local anesthesia in conjunction with intravenous sedation.

Do breasts go back to normal after implant removal? ›

The breast structure may return to its pre-implant shape and size after surgery; however, many women experience some sagging due to the implants stretching the skin and the natural aging process. If the patient does have a presence of lax skin after the implants are removed, Dr.

How long does swelling last after breast explant? ›

Pain medication is administered to manage discomfort and help keep you comfortable. After six weeks, you should be able to resume normal activities and exercise. Full recovery is expected to take up to six months as residual swelling and scarring continue to fade.

What will my boobs look like after explant? ›

Once implants are removed, the volume of the breasts reduces significantly. This can cause several aesthetic implications: Breasts may appear deflated with a “sagging” appearance. Skin is loose and prone to extensive wrinkling.

How can I massage my breast after explant surgery? ›

Cup your hands over the top of your breasts, either one or both on each breast at a time. Push downwards for a few seconds, release and repeat. Do the same maneuver, but this time push the breast upward. Push your breasts toward the middle of your chest by placing your hands on each side.

Does skin shrink after breast implant removal? ›

The approach would be to remove your breast implants, then do nothing for six months. This time period allows the skin to shrink and contract. You will then see the contour, nipple position and skin laxity that you are left with.

How long does it take for swelling to go down after explant surgery? ›

Give your body at least 2 weeks for the bruises to start fading and 3 months for the swelling to completely resolve. The shape, size and appearance of your breast can take up to 3-6 months to settle. continue to change until the swelling in your breast has settled.

Why is my stomach so bloated after breast reduction? ›

During your recovery, your activity level will be significantly reduced. This decrease in movement can lead to fluid retention, increasing your swelling and bloating symptoms. Without being able to engage in the physical activity you usually would, you may even recognise a small weight gain. This is completely normal!

After about 2 years of having them I felt a change in my body and health.. Don’t get me started on how uncomfortable it is to sleep.. For me, having implants causes more inflammation in your body.. I’m not a medical professional but I know my body, and we know our bodies best.. The best decision I made this year is removing my breast implants.. The night before surgery, I drank water all day until I couldn’t.. I was a double A prior to implants and a small C with implants.. Capsulectomy & Implant Removal of 300 cc’s silicone Mentor Implants. One thing I can say to warn you, if you take a peak at your breast after surgery or the following days after…try not to if you can wait about 5 days and if you do, please know it will be a shock and you will get emotional.. I’m looking forward to starting my new life and health journey.

It’s no wonder why I was having pain in my right breast.. This means researching.. So, I circled back to reluctantly thinking ‘ maybe it’s my implants .’ So now, we’ve got to talk about evidence because breast implants are another one of those things that gets touted as “safe” with thorough and robust studies to prove this.. Anyway, that’s what I did when I started looking into breast implants.. In 1992 silicone breast implants were removed from the market for safety concerns.. In 1990, she was an investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives who was responsible for the first Congressional hearing and report on breast implants, which pointed out that the FDA had allowed breast implants to be sold without ever requiring studies of women.. From 1990 through today, she has analyzed the dubious “check book” science that was published and widely quoted to falsely assure women that breast implants were “proven safe.” Dr. Zuckerman regularly speaks at FDA meetings regarding health problems from breast implants and other implants, and is currently assisting women to get explant surgery covered by health insurance in the U.S.. She’s done over 3,000 explants and offers an extremely reduced rate on implants if you change your mind and your symptoms don’t improve.. According to them, “The NBIR is designed to find trends in breast implant procedures and identify potential complications, so breast implant manufacturers can use the information to further study the safety of their products.” But wait, why does it need further study?. Here is a study where 750 women were studied prior to and post explant surgery.. The study demonstrated a strong association of explantation and specific symptom improvement within the patient population studied.. We know the placebo effect is a real thing but women who improve after explant don’t fit the bill.. They both said that nearly all women who explanted due to BII concerns had symptom improvements.

If you have breast implants and are considering having them removed (or explanting, as they say), I am sharing my experience with having implants for over 10 years and how I’m dealing with breast implant illness recovery after explanting them.. A breast lift was more expensive than just implants though – about $8,000 vs $6,000 – so implants were what I got.. I wasn’t worried about having breast implants with my pregnancy though, as I knew many women who had gotten implants and later had children.. It may be hard to believe that such systemic symptoms and autoimmune disorders could be caused by implants – something approved by the FDA to increase the size of your breasts – but so many patients have seen the symptoms of BII disappear or show significant improvement after breast implant removal surgery.. After extensive research (which included reading the stories of a number of women who reduced their breast implant illness symptoms by having explant surgery), I decided to move forward.. I had opted to remove my breast implants, have a breast lift (mastopexy), and have a little liposuction on those little armpit fat rolls that I’ve always disliked.. If you have any questions at all or want to know more about my experience with breast implants, explanting, or recovering from breast implant illness, please reach out!

Here’s my story of why I got breast implants and — spoiler alert — why i got my breast implants removed.. And I knew that this was just something I couldn’t “fix” by doing these things, or anything else it seemed.. I nursed our third daughter for 14 months, waited three months for my milk to dry up, and then went under the knife.. When I first started noticing breast implant illness symptoms. But not only was my production low, I also immediately developed Raynaud’s Syndrome – in my nipples.. During that time, three different friends had directed me to the information out there on Breast Implant Illness.. I wore them for the first three weeks following explant surgery.

How one woman’s decision to remove her breast implants after eight years has not only transformed her own life but informed others about the risks associated with this type of body enhancement.. Even if you don’t have breast implants, maybe you know someone who does.. I found out my breast implants have been recalled.. The particular implants that I had put in were recalled because they have a “higher than normal” chance of causing a particular type of cancer.. Oh, and if I DID want them removed, they would pay for the cost of new silicone gel implants… which sound the same as the ones that I was told in 2012 were “not as safe” as the cohesive gel implants that I choose.. Over the last few years, I have been having multiple health issues… things like, severe joint pain (sometimes I feel like I am 85 years old), sever hot flashes and unable to regulate my temperature, vision problems, hair loss, brain fog, unexplained weight gain, migraine headaches, chest pain, I had BOTH my shoulder freeze for almost 3 YEARS!. After hearing about the recall, I found out about something called Breast Implant Illness.. No breast implants are safe.. I was told the cohesive gel implants (aka “gummy bear implants”) were safe because they don’t leak or seep into your body if they rupture.. Any implant can leak, and even saline implants have a silicone shell, and there are many documented cases of women with BII symptoms with ALL types of breast implants.. My surgeon is an expert in the proper removal of implants and he has asked me to be a part of his study on Breast Implant Illness.. That it MIGHT not have been the implants that are causing my symptoms (even though I know in my heart that this is what is happening to me) but I know that at SOME POINT I will need to have these out anyway… that breast implants need to be replaced after 10 years or so (which I was also NOT told.

I’ve been asked a lot over the last few weeks why I decided to explant.. I had also started taking some thyroid hormone with the help of my nurse practitioner due to low thyroid hormone levels and continuing fatigue.. In the end, he told me he supported me 100% and he wanted to help me get healthy and feel strong.. The community of women who are looking to learn truth, heal their bodies, get back to caring for their families, and support other women is very strong.. I had slept well the night before, I hadn’t had any alcohol in over 2 weeks, I rarely eat sugar, I was getting all of my protein, and despite being a bit nervous about the surgery, I wasn’t experiencing any anxiety or mood issues.. It’s only been a week and I’m already feeling better.

What will my boobs look like after my implants are removed?. If you’d have asked me just 6 months before the surgery, I would have told you that I’d never NOT have implants.. When I first started researching having my implants removed, I found dozens of stories online from women that had a capsulectomy and those that decided to leave the capsules in.. Lots of surgeons feel that if your implants are completely intact (meaning they aren’t leaking or ruptured), the risk of removing the capsules is greater than any benefit.. My surgeon said he has explanted other women and they claim to feel better almost immediately after the surgery.. For me, I found explant to be far more painful than the implant surgery was.. I had drains after my explant surgery and had to drain them 3 or 4 times a day.. My surgeon and the nurses I talked to during recovery told me that I couldn’t shower until after my first follow up appointment about 4 days after my explant surgery.. Also – decide if you want your implants after the surgery.. My boobs feel like mine and I don’t have to worry about maintenance surgery in the future to replace aging implants that may or may not be making me sick.

Why I Got My Breast Implants Removed Recently, just a little over 11 years after having my breast implants put in, I had them taken out.. Some women can have them for two years and need a replacement, others can have theirs for 22 years without problems.. My Decision to Get My Breast Implants Removed When I first got my breast implants, I 100% made the best decision for myself at the time.. Breast Implant Removal and Diastasis Recti Repair I did a lot of research in the process, and found a Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta who is double-board certified and does implant removals often.. You can’t change skin elasticity, and you can’t physically repair connective tissue.. Now that the implants are gone, I LOVE my new (aka old) boobs.. Some people do well with implanted devices in their bodies, while others start to reject them.. I don’t want to share this story to freak anyone out who has breast implants.. What’s Next Here I am, 5 1/2 weeks after surgery!

Breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States—that said, every year, there is also a small percentage of women who choose to have their breast implants removed.. However, with recent news regarding certain implants being associated with a very rare form of cancer ( BIA-ALCL ), as well as some patients reporting they feel their implants are causing systemic health issues (termed “breast implant illness”), more women are asking plastic surgeons, including me, if they should have their breast implants removed.. But, depending on how long you’ve had your implants, how large the implants were compared to your natural breast size, whether or not you have had children, and other factors, your breasts may look similar to—or very different from—how they did before your augmentation.. This is a specific explantation technique that involves removing the breast implant and surrounding capsule of scar tissue as one single piece (en bloc means “all together”).. Moreover, en bloc capsulectomy is not the only technique that allows for complete removal of the capsule and breast implant matter.. For most patients, it is actually a better option to open the capsule, carefully remove the implant, close it, and then go back and release the capsule from the surrounding tissue before removing it.

Today 10/18/18, marks one year since I had surgery to have my breast implants removed.. Some worried because they have experienced symptoms of breast implant illness and had no idea what caused it, many who explanted and are healed, some who were considering breast implants and decided against it once reading my story.. Even though I felt very vulnerable sharing my story with implants, I am so happy that my decision to share has helped so many women.. One year has flown by and I am still happy with my decision to remove my implants.. Even if I had not gotten sick or experienced symptoms of breast implant illness, I still would have removed them within the next year or two.. I have known too many women who have gotten sick at this point and I really don’t want to put my body, family and bank account through a breast surgery every 10 or so years so I can have implants.. Unfortunately, some women go years and years feeling sick and just think it’s “age, parenthood, life, etc.” That’s why it’s important for me to share my story and for you to do the same for others.

What a long and exhaustive process this has all been, 10 plus years of not feeling great, random illnesses all the time, energy tanked, tons of physicians and specialists telling me something wasn’t right but not being able to find out WHAT!. I’ve had so many women ask me over the last few months how I feel emotionally, you know, going from a 32DD to a 32A (if I’m lucky!. lol), and I can honestly say I am 100% secure, confident and feel really good in my body!. I mean, a few things are annoying, like not fitting into some of my clothes anymore, particularly my dresses and gala gowns, but hey, it is worth the alterations fee to be able to feel good in your own skin again and not be depressed, ill, or thinking you are going crazy!. At the time, my self confidence as a woman was pretty low, and at that time in 1993, I did as much research as humanly possible (remember, no internet!. I was educated as much as I could be for that time, and I wanted desperately to feel more like a grown woman.. It was great wearing a bathing suit, having cleavage, trying on ANYTHING and having it fit like a glove, having an hourglass figure, and the attention, well, that didn’t hurt either 🙂 On the flip side, feeling like you are noticed only for your boobs, being self-conscious when it’s the first thing that people saw, and feeling bad around women who had smaller breasts, that you just knew were comparing themselves against you…ironic isn’t it?. Having said all of that, I must also make it clear, had I known at the age of 23 that Breast Implants would have made me sick, I NEVER would have gotten them.. Health was my jam, and I am confident that had the world known about BII (Breast Implant Illness), I never would have jeopardized my health, or even considered it if I knew there were others who were having health issues as a result, and I could to.. It was always there, or at least it was developed over time, and for this I am also truly grateful, I just never realized when I was young that developing my self confidence was all it would have taken.. So, rather then beat myself up for a decision I made with all the knowledge available to me at that time, I cannot regret my choices, for my choices are what led to today, to who I am today, for all of the experiences, the hardships, the poor health, the roller coaster rides and of course, the emotional help I needed at the time that has led me to being able to write to you, and let you know that all of the self-love you aspire to have, lies within, it doesn’t come in a box or a bag as the Grinch would say, it lies within you, always has, and always will.. So for those ladies wishing to change their appearance to feel better about your already perfect self, save yourself a lot of money and potential poor health consequences, and invest in surrounding yourself with people, courses and books that help you to realize this.. Monika Majnik Hi!. Tagged age gracefully , breast augmentation , breast implants , breast-implants , classy , confidence , cosmetic surgery , health , hiking , Instagram , lifestyle , nature , over 50 influencer , passion , plastic surgery , sadness , self love , Self worth , self-confidence , sexual , travel , vancouver , west coast , whistler , yogaPrevious postPressure Overload: Letting Go of all That Pressure

That’s what us fellow Breasties/Breast Implant Illness Ladies call the implant removal process.. She tells you everything about the surgery and talks about removing each of the implants and their capsules.. After everything I learned about implant illness and ALCL, there is no way that I would opt to get the implants replaced when the time came.. No more implants.. Will it be because of the implants?. I’ve been through the implant surgery and the explant surgery.

Breast implants are everywhere, including sitting inside most of the women that I love.. For context, this is what plastic surgery looked like through the eyes of a young girl with body insecurities, I mean, conditioned beliefs that were designed to keep me distracted from things that really matter (more on this part later) :. His suggestion was that I go with a larger implant, since “ all of his patients regret the smaller implants '' and “ my chest area was on the wider side and could accommodate a larger implant.. If I tossed the scale, perhaps it was time to reconsider my breast implants.. At some point during my dive into all things self-love and body positivity, I stumbled across breast implant illness.. I joined a large FB community and browsed story after story of women with implants that were suffering a multitude of health issues, ranging from fatigue, brain fog, muscle pain and weakness, insomnia, slow healing, headaches, bowel issues, infections, food intolerances, cold hands and feet, organ (liver, kidney, etc.). Plastic surgery and breast implant talk was taboo, but I believe there’s power in sharing our stories.. Since opening up about this in my little corner of the internet, I’ve had messages from women, mothers, friends that either want to explant or are cancelling their breast implant surgery.

Thank you Dr Turner….. Dr Scott Turner and his amazing team.. I couldn’t recommend Dr Turner and his team more.. Him and his team of nurses are amazing, I can’t recommend them enough.. Thank you Dr Turner and team :). I had a breast reduction with Dr Turner 6 weeks ago and I couldn’t be happier with my results.. It’s only been a few days since my surgery and I’m already in love with my results.. I cannot recommend Dr Scott Turner and his staff more highly and have had no hesitation in recommending him to family and friends.. Thanks dr scott turner. Dr Turner and his team were amazing, from the first initial consult right through to the after care.. Highly recommend and trust all of Dr Turner's experience and knowledge.. Went to see Scott on recommendation from a friend at his practice in Dee why - was a little nervous but from start to finish felt very comfortable thru the whole process -my surgery was quite a big procedure but I’m very happy with my results it will take up to a year to see final results I’m at 5 weeks now and it looks amazing already - follow up consultations were at Adamstown and I couldn’t fault any of the staff there too - wish I’d done it 10 years ago... no regrets. Would definitely recommend Dr Turner to anyone!. Dr Turner makes you feel like you have been friends for life.. Thank you Dr Turner and Team!

It’s been 6 months since my breast implant removal ; I can hardly believe it.. I suspect that with more time this could improve.. The emotional side of explant surgery. I’ve made changes and continue to make changes.. In fact, some suggest that the fluffing fairy visits at some point – maybe 6 – 9 months post explant surgery.. For me personally, I definitely have noticed some improvements, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m hoping for the fluff fairy to visit sometime in the next couple of months.. I do not regret getting breast implants.

In this patient story, Katie shares her breast explant journey, including: why she decided on breast implant removal without replacement, what the best bra for her implant removal was, how her explant surgery went and what her recovery time and experience was.. Procedure: Breast implant removal without replacement. However, after having my implants for 10 years I started to have capsular contracture in the left breast and I also found out that they were PIPs.. As I was having the procedure done on the NHS, and felt so grateful, I felt I couldn’t back out now and waste their time.. I started with my minimiser compression bra - I’d looked into various brands and felt reassured that macom® was the best after speaking to their wonderful staff.. My left boob was bruised underneath around the incision area and I felt some shooting pain down one side and the right was much better.. After 12 years I couldn’t remember what it felt like not to have implants and it was lovely to give my boyfriend a hug without the hard contracted implants between us.. I wear bikinis and feel free of worry about what people think, I’ve stood up and taught yoga classes without the need for a padded bra, I’ve worn beautiful sequined backless dresses with no bra and felt like a million dollars.

I have lost count of the number of times I’ve started this update on the removal of my 17-year-old breast implants to let you know how I’m recovering from breast implant illness and the specifics of the actual operation.. But most importantly I’ll share whether or not any of my symptoms of breast implant illness have improved and if it was all worth it.. Believe me when I tell you that although a breast implant removal with an extensive breast lift is not a small surgery, my fear of it was far worse than the actual procedure .. If you read my original post , posted on the day I explanted, you know of the two weird issues that led to the “Ah-ha, I might have breast implant illness” moment.. Here’s a list of other breast implant illness symptoms I have experienced, some I hadn’t connected to BII until after surgery and how they have or haven’t improved:. Improved BII Symptoms Joint pain in hips and knees – 95% (almost immediately) Libido improved (after about five months) Fatigue – 60% Acid Reflux – 90% Sinus Infections (haven’t had one in 6 months) Memory Loss & Cognitive Function such as word recall – 60% Swollen Lymph Nodes (my neck doesn’t look as fat) 😉 Inflammation (overall symptomatic improvement). The photo above may not initially make sense in a post about recovering from Breast Implant Illness .

What started as a sudden onset of panic attacks 7 years ago transformed into a laundry list of debilitating mental and physical ailments that I was forced to cope with daily.. I lived with symptoms of autoimmune diseases, such as joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, and liver and kidney dysfunction, all with no conclusive diagnosis.. I spent entire days stuck in bed, ruminating on to-do lists I didn’t have the energy or motivation to begin, let alone complete.. I chalked it up to another day inside a body that wouldn’t work and a mind that couldn’t stop ruminating on the pain.. At the height of my illness, I was taking five prescription medications to manage the mental symptoms alone.. “Save yourself a surgery,” the plastic surgeon who fitted my implants told me when I enquired about having my 7-year-old Mentor-brand, textured, silicone breast implants removed.. Share on Pinterest I strongly believe that the proper removal of my breast implants was key to my recovery.. Now, I don’t claim to have an MD, but it’s hard to believe that the almost identical symptoms that myself and thousands of other women with breast implants experienced were merely a coincidence.. There is a growing body of research suggesting that breast implants can cause autoimmune disorders in some women.. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a worldwide recall of Allergan textured breast implants last month in a bid “to protect women from breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma .”. I strongly believe that the proper removal of my breast implants was key to my recovery.. The physical symptoms I mentioned, such as skin rashes, stroke symptoms, flu symptoms, and liver and kidney issues, have all gone.. We all have the same hours in a day, and this illness has taught me how to live them with purpose, to treasure every alert moment, and relish every second of pain free bliss.

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