Ready to Explant? Here’s What to Do
You’re ready to stop the suffering. It’s time to explant – but where should you begin? Below, we share some helpful tips. We wish you the best in your explant journey. May you regain your health and happiness!
Before you explant:
- Select the surgeon – and be thorough. Do your research. It is possible that insurance may cover your procedure, but don’t use that as your only criteria. It’s imperative that the surgeon you choose be willing to do a full capsule removal of the implant. They should do an en bloc/capsulectomy procedure to accomplish this. This will be a total capsulectomy, meaning that the entire implant will be removed from the chest.
- Ask for a play-by-play. Why shouldn’t you see pictures that capture different parts of the operation? You want to make absolutely sure that the offending implant is removed. Go beyond this due diligence if you’d like and ask that tests be run on the implants after removal. Some women even find it healing to examine the implants as a first step toward healing. These foreign devices have been making you miserable. They are not part of you anymore.
- Remember, detoxification of the body begins as soon as you say ‘sayonara’ to those implants. Believe in your ability to heal. Embark upon a lifestyle full of healthy choices. Now is the time to revamp your diet, so it’s a sound idea to consult a nutritionist. Exercise is vital as well. If you find that you are having anxiety or other signs that may point toward mental illness, find a therapist and voice your concerns. It can be difficult to trust the journey toward wellness, we know.
Yes, the decision to explant is controversial. Not all medical professionals agree that breast implant disease is real. But for the women who’ve found healing of the body, mind and spirit after explant surgery, there is no question left to ask. If you have symptoms that cannot be explained, it is possible that you are suffering from breast implant illness. To date, the most dangerous breast implants are likely those that are textured, as they have been linked to BIA-ALCL.
This does not mean that other types of breast implants are safe. Only you know your body. Listen to it. And if explant surgery seems the only course of action, follow the steps above toward a healthier, happier you.