What is Explant Info?
Explant Info is a support organization conceived and conceptualized by Lynne Hayes. Her life was turned upside down when she experienced breast implant issues. Explant Info hopes to make a difference in the lives of women and their families who have been affected by breast implant issues and illness.
What We Do?
We educate, empower and care!! Having experienced explant surgery first hand , we understand and support you. We’re here to listen and help where we can.
How Can I Contact You?
You can reach us through the contact page on this website.
What support Communities are there?
There are various support communities available on Facebook
After Explant, can you still breast feed a baby?
Assuming that your breast milk would adequately feed an infant before getting breast implants, you should be able to breast feed after explanting, if the incision to remove the implant is made in the fold beneath the breast. Most women can breast feed since the ducts are not interrupted with the surgery. There are other factors which might affect your ability to breast-feed. Therefore, you should have a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.
Can I go braless after Explant surgery?
Expect to wear a supportive bra during the healing period. This will help the pocket seal, and prevent the accumulation of fluid. Once healed fully you can go braless with little or no side effects. Best to wait until your surgeon clears you to though.
Will I develop stretch marks after my Explant surgery?
It is possible to develop stretch marks after explant surgery, but these are most likely from the original breast implant surgery. While there is no sure-fire way to prevent stretch marks, try massaging Nourishing Breast Oil, Organic Coconut Oil or Organic Sesame Oil on your breasts before and after your surgery (after cleared to do so by your surgeon). Ask your surgeon what type of stretch mark prevention or treatment he or she recommends.
I am a very active person. How long should I wait after Explant Surgery until I resume exercising?
Talk to your surgeon about when you can resume exercising after explanting. Individual instructions may vary, but the usual advice is to wait at least two weeks to resume gentle exercise. Although you may feel fine, you will not be completely healed at this stage. Doing too much too soon can set back your healing. You should not lift heavy objects, bend over, or take part in vigorous activities for at least two months after explanting.
How soon can I go back to work after explanting?
This depends on your job, your incision type, if you had a capsulectomy, a lift and how fast you heal. If you have a sedentary job, you can generally go back sooner than if your job is physically demanding. If you have had a lift, your explant and lift recovery will make your overall recuperation more involved. Be on the safe side: Ask your surgeon when he or she recommends you return to work. Generally you should expect to be mobile following surgery, but you should not overexert yourself for several days; follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding physical activity.
Will I regret my decision to Explant?
You may feel sad and depressed after your explanting. This is common, and may be due to any number of factors, including medication side effects and reactions to the anaesthesia as well as post-surgical stress. Some women may think that the bruising, swelling and pain will never go away, which can increase feelings of sadness and anxiety. Give yourself time to heal and your breasts time to heal before you even consider thinking about regrets. Some women heal faster than others.
My bra is irritating my incision lines. What can I do?
Use sanitary napkins or similar as padding between your bra and the incision. Talk to your surgeon if in doubt.
How will I look?
Skin discoloration and swelling are normal early on, but should resolve within a few weeks. You may also notice your skin peeling and the skin on your breast may be very dry. You may also feel some distress if your breast size is reduced greatly, give them time to fill out before judging yourself too harshly. In rare cases you may also experience excessive bleeding, infection, hematoma (a broken blood vessel that may clot), seroma (collection of fluid under the skin) and scarring.
I feel so depressed. Is this normal?
Many women who undergo explant surgery feel sad or anxious during their recovery. You may begin to second-guess yourself and wonder if you should have had the surgery in the first place. Some women begin to think their new breasts are ugly and that the bruising and swelling will never go away. This is common, and may be due to any number of factors, eg post-surgical stress from capsulectomy and or breast lift surgery.
When can I start jogging again after explanting?
You need to be fully healed before you can start jogging again. Activities like jogging, jumping rope, basketball and horseback riding subject your breasts to a lot of up-and-down movements. Jumping without good support for your breasts can cause bleeding and hamper healing. Talk to your surgeon before you take part in any strenuous activity. And when you do start up again, wear the best support bra you can find.
When can I begin having sex again after explanting?
Sex is exercise. You should not participate in any activities that can significantly raise your heart rate or cause excessive movement in your breasts for a week or two after your explanting.
The antibiotics that you are taking to prevent infection may interfere with your birth control pills, so use another form of protection while you are on antibiotics if you do not want to become pregnant and antibiotics can cause thrush.
My breasts are numb. Will I ever have sensation again?
In almost all cases, the sensation in the skin does return after explanting. The nerves in the skin have pressure on them from the swelling and from the skin being so tightly stretched over your implants. What’s more, nerves around your incisions may be cut, and this can take longer to heal, you will notice sensation returning gradually. This may take up to a year for full feelings to return.
Can I drive myself home after explanting surgery if I don’t have general anaesthesia?
No. You must have someone drive you home and care for you during the first 24 to 48 hours after your explanting surgery. In addition to any residual grogginess from the sedative and anaesthesia, you may be very sore and bandaged, which could interfere with your ability to drive.
I have a ride home from the surgery centre, but my friend can’t stay with me that night. Is that OK?
Try to have someone stay with you the night after your surgery. You are going to sleep a lot, but you will need someone to wake you to take your medications and take your temperature during your recovery. You may also need help getting in and out of bed and going to the bathroom. If you cannot find a friend or family member to stay over that night, ask your surgeon about a home health care aide. You can also stay overnight in the hospital or at an aftercare facility.
I am travelling out of town for my explant surgery and will stay at a hotel for a few days. Can I take care of myself?
No. If you are travelling for your explant surgery, your surgeon should be able to arrange for a staff member or a homecare nurse to stay with you overnight. Some surgeons have overnight facilities. Find out about your options in advance. It is essential to have a caregiver for the first 24 to 48 hours after explant surgery.
How soon after surgery can I fly?
You will need to stay at home or near your surgeon for the first week after your explant surgery in case of complications. You will also need to be nearby for your follow-up appointments. That said, air travel in and of itself should not affect your body after the first 24 to 48 hours. Be on the safe side and run your air travel plans by your surgeon.
I plan on taking a vacation soon after explanting. How long should I wait?
Ask your surgeon. You will need to stay at home or near your surgeon’s office for the first week of your explanting in case of any complications, and for follow-up appointments. If you do travel in the first month after explanting, you need to be very careful, because you won’t be fully healed. If your vacation involves a bathing suit, ask your doctor when you can stop wearing the postoperative bras.
What type of anaesthesia is best for Explant surgery?
There is no one best type of anaesthesia. There is only the best choice for you. The choice of anaesthesia is dictated more by your health, your explanting surgery and your surgeon’s preferences. General anaesthesia is often used for explanting. Local anaesthesia may also be used with conscious sedation during explanting. Discuss your options with your plastic surgeon. Also ask about who will administer anaesthesia for you.