Monika A.'s Story
Monika made the decision to get breast implants as a way to feel a little better during a particularly rough time in her life. However, after nearly a decade with her implants and many years of breast implant illness symptoms, she realizes they had to go.
Tell us about your explant journey.
Long story short: I had implants for nearly a decade, got them when I was going through a rough time in my life where I felt getting implants would make me feel better. I immediately gained weight and over the years struggled with hormonal imbalance, digestive issues, candida issues and hair loss. Doctors tried to prescribe medication for hypothyroidism, but I didn't believe that it was my thyroid giving me problems. My friend had her explant last year and seeing her transformation from one day to another helped me understand that I too would experience an immense shift if I removed mine. I had a drink a few weeks later then experienced very bad breast pain for 3 consecutive days. I scheduled explant surgery within a week feeling my implants were toxic to my body.
After the surgery I immediately had different hair, my eyebrow hair started to grow back, my energy was different and my heart felt more open and clear. I've been detoxing since through fasting and I plan on creating a BII guide to detoxing (I'm an RD, health coach and work with plant medicines). I'm so incredibly grateful to have had this explant surgery, it literally was life-changing and it helped me love myself MORE for exactly who I am (which was the underlying lesson from the entire experience).
What type of implants did you have?
I had mentor gummy 275 cc.
What surgeon did you explant with?
Dr. Dev - Aqua Plastics Surgery
When did you begin to experience symptoms?
A few years after implanting.
What symptoms did you have?
What was surgery like for you?
Easy, I recovered super fast.
How are you doing now, after explant?
AMAZING - I love myself so much more. My scars healed great, and I'm so happy to have my body back!
What would you like women who are considering explant to know?
Love yourself more girl, you are enough! If you're dealing with implants and want them out, be patient and compassionate. Self-talk is key, and prepare to heal, send love to your body and your body will heal that much faster, you've got this!