The Breast Implant Removal Blues

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.

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