Many women feel so much better after breast implant removal surgery, but unfortunately there are some who don’t.

There are women who go through a lot of mixed emotions after breast implant removal; feeling depressed, guilt, anger, crying for no reason and overwhelming sadness. When they look in the mirror at their breasts they wonder if they will ever look better, normal even. You know all the reasons you had breast implant removal surgery, but right now you can’t get past these feelings, feeling so sad and depressed about this whole thing. After your explant you will experience swelling and bruising with mild discomfort and soreness.  Usually patients are able to return to work within a few days after breast implant removal surgery.

            Does anyone else feel the same as me?

Rest assured there are a lot of women who experience the exact same sense of loss and hopelessness as you are experiencing. Your body has just gone through a very big change and your emotions are going to be on a roller coaster. It is a really good idea to talk to other women experiencing the same thing, join support groups like the one found here. Emotional support is wonderful as is seeing real pictures of women just like you.

            How long can I expect to feel this depression?

Hang in there, it does get better and you are allowed to feel sad and hideaway in your room if you want, you’ve just had a big change and it takes time to adjust. Give yourself a week or two adjust, then you need to start making a genuine effort to lift yourself out of the doldrums and focus on positivity. If you are not feeling more positive after a couple weeks, please seek medical advice.

            What can I do to make myself feel better?

In some cases your depression could be a result of the anaesthesia and sometimes the chemical imbalances from the breast implants. To help you on the way to feeling 100% again look at your diet and try to include some natural serotonin boosters or start a detox protocol. Also try to get some sunlight, a sunny day may do more than just boost your mood – it may increase levels of a natural antidepressant in the brain. A new study shows that the brain produces more of the mood-lifting chemical serotonin on sunny days than on darker days.

            When will my breasts look better?

In a week or two you will begin to see remarkable changes in your breasts, and by the end of the month your breasts will have blossomed into something natural and beautiful. It’s not a beautiful journey all the time, but don’t let your emotions bring you down. Think of the positive thoughts and know that it will get better. You really should see a vast improvement by the second month,  in 6 months to a year from now you will look totally different to you do now.  If your still unhappy with your size and shape after a year you can look into fat transfer or a breast lift. Don’t be too hard on yourself, you have so much healing to go and your body needs some loving. For scaring I use and recommend Mulu Organics Hilma Scar Serum, organic, vegan & nut free.

            How soon can I exercise after breast implant removal surgery?

Allow yourself enough time to heal after surgery, usually 8 weeks or more. Your surgeon should show you basic physical therapy exercises you can start the day after your surgery to maintain your arm and upper body mobility as you heal, if he doesn’t ASK for some.

            What kind of breast massage and exercises should I do to help my breasts firm up and look better?

Some exercises shouldn’t be done until any drains and stitches are removed. You may need 8 or more weeks before you can do most types of exercise, your surgeon will give you an exact date. (if not ASK for one) We need to take control of our health. Exercises that maintain mobility usually can be started a few days after surgery. Explant massage technique here

During the first 3 to 7 days after surgery:

  • Using both arms do slow gentle movements when doing day-to-day tasks eg brushing your hair, dressing and eating.
  • While seated – exercise both arms by opening and closing your hand 15 to 20 times. Then bend and straighten your elbow. Do this 3 to 4 times a day.
  • Practice deep breathing using your diaphragm (the muscle under your navel) at least 6 times a day. Lie on your back and breathe in slowly. Keep slowly breathing in as much air as you can while trying to expand your diaphragm (push your navel out away from your spine). When you can’t breathe in any more air, relax and breathe out all the air. Do this 4 or 5 times. Deep breathing helps maintain normal chest movement, which makes it easier for your lungs to work.

            Are there any lotions I can use to help them firm up?

That is a difficult question, in my personal opinion based on over 5 years experience, the best results are seen by those women who use an organic oil for breast massage after explant surgery. Remembering to avoid the incisions. The oil glides the hands on the breast and allows a better massage, unlike creams that dry out. When massaging you need to be gentle and soft with your touch. For a full description of breast massage after breast implant removal surgery click here. I use and recommend Mulu Organics Honour Your Breast Oil organic, vegan & nut free.

            How long until my illness symptoms go away?

This is a difficult question to answer as each person heals at a different rate, and what detox works for one person may not work for you. Some women begin to feel better instantly, others can take weeks or months depending on the level of toxicity in the system.

We need to remember that all breasts are largely composed of fatty tissue. Some women have more, some have less. The size, shape, firmness and skin texture are initially “set” by genetic background and vary among different cultures and individuals. Then, after birth, nutrition and exercise habits influence how your breasts develop.

Excerpt  from the e-book Explant-ology 

How you may look after your surgeon removes your breast implants is hard to pinpoint exactly. Every person’s surgery results are different due to various factors from the way the implants were inserted to differences in breast tissue.

Firstly your breast tissue may be displaced from the implants being in your body and you may even see a caved in area on your chest. This is caused by the implants continual pressure on the chest wall.  Everyone is different and we all heal at different rates. Remember that your tummy shrunk back after having babies and so will your breasts. You need to be kind to yourself and realise that it will take time, and by time I mean this healing process can takes months. At the time of writing this it has been over four years since my explant surgery and I love the way I look and feel. Remember that your tummy shrunk back after having babies and so will your breasts.

The first few days after explanting can be really hard on you emotionally and physically. I remember coming home from hospital in a daze.

You will be sore after your surgery and may be experiencing the after effects of the anaesthetic, some women cope better than others with anaesthetics. If you are one of the unlucky ones, then you best be prepared for a bloated belly and loads of wind. I honestly felt like the ‘Michelin Man’ for days with a belly full of gas and a thumping head. My incisions were tender but not too bad, some women experience much more pain in the first week than I did.

I used sanitary napkins as padding to protect against the pressure of the bra where my incisions were under my breasts. As my implants were large my incisions are a bit over 9 cm long. The first four days after my surgery were spent resting then I was straight back to work.

The first time you look in the mirror can be heartbreaking for some women; it is something that no one can prepare you for as no one can tell for sure what you will look like. Trust me that what you think looks terrible; another woman would be ecstatic to look like. I insisted in seeing myself straight after surgery before the bandages were put on.

Your skin may be stretched and look wrinkly. Mine was after my explant surgery but take heart as most ladies see this changing and improving in a matter of days while others report it can take weeks to months. My breasts looked like a balloon that had been inflated for a week then had the let out!!

You may also experience skin flaking/peeling after explanting and this is all a very normal part of the healing process, mine was falling off like I had boob dandruff of monumental proportions so I did some dry skin brushing. You may also experience minor complications ranging from rashes, swelling and soreness to the more seriousness of a hematoma. It is best to be hyper vigilant and seek medical advice if you are in doubt about anything.

Your breasts will change almost daily; I found it helpful to take pictures daily for the first week, then weekly for the first month, and then monthly for the first year. Yes another sign of my obsessive nature but really helpful in my emotional healing process. I was able to see subtle changes happening in my breasts well into the beginning of the second year.

When you had breast implants your nipples may have looked larger than they did prior. Post Explant Most ladies find that their nipples shrink back very quickly.

You will find that in most cases as the breast tissue firms up your nipples will once again start to stick out. You may have experienced numbness or loss of sensation with your breast implants, after explant many ladies report that they experience the return of full sensation to their nipples and the numbness below the nipples to the breast crease disappears.

After Exlantation your breasts may seem deflated, especially in the upper portions. Over a period of several months the skin will also retract, or tighten up. To what extent both of these will happen are dependent on how large your implants are, how long you have had them, and the quality of your skin and tissues. Massage also plays a large part of this healing process.

Read more here Explant-ology 

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You could work and work at it, but the “perfect body” is an elusive thing. No matter how you choose to eat or what clothing you choose to buy, the only way to “win” is to love the body you have. Nourish your body with the best food you can, exercise often and treat yourself with LOVE!!