Are you a breast implant survivor? Maybe you’re doing some research before your scheduled breast explant? Here are the most common signs your body is naturally detoxing after explant surgery.
Toxins are chemical substances that can cause substantial harm to the human body. Our bodies are incredible and, in most cases, will undergo a natural detox when it needs to cleanse itself. What your body naturally detoxes are generally referred to as metals, toxic chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, and pesticides. These toxins have no place in the human body and can cause harm to your major organs. Toxins are everywhere and can be found within the water we ingest, the air we breathe, and the clothing and makeup we apply on our skin.
There are two types of toxins our bodies body need to fight: exotoxins and endotoxins.
Exotoxins enter the body through toxic foods, drinks, and cosmetics. Endotoxins are created within the body during our metabolic process and through the body’s own chemical reactions. These reactions consist of hormonal and metabolic toxins such as bacteria, fungi, and yeast within our intestines.
In truth, breast implants have over 40 toxic chemicals and heavy metals that are unnatural to introduce to the human body. Read that again.
These toxins are some of the main components found to contain higher levels of their original form. However, detoxing is a natural cycle that our amazing bodies can complete, since it’s adequately equipped to do so. However, when our bodies need an extra boost to begin healing, we can choose to complete a detox protocol.
Firstly, there are organs in our body that will naturally assist in the detoxification process. These organs include the liver, kidneys, intestines, skin, and systems such as the respiratory system, immune system, and lymphatic system.
Secondly, each part of the body has a particular job of gathering the toxins throughout your body and later expelling them through your sweat glands (the liver filter), bowel movements (the colon filter), and urine (the kidney filter).
It’s because our body is telling us we need to reset to go back to its original state. After our bodies have completed the explant process, we have given it the “okay” to kick-start an effective detox throughout our major organs. After a breast explant, your body will no longer feed on the foreign toxins that your breast implants may have introduced. You’ll finally be on the road to providing your body the recovery it deserves after a long road of chemical imbalance.
Everyone is different in the way their body naturally detoxes and for how long. Essentially, it is entirely up to our own bodies! As our bodies heal, the most common signs of a natural body detox are similar to BII (Breast Implant Illness) symptoms, so it can be confusing to tell the difference after explant surgery. Symptoms may include brain fog, insomnia, and muscle aches with overall fatigue. These common signs of the body’s detox may include symptoms similar to past and present BII symptoms (if you have already explanted), so it may be hard to tell the difference.
Some symptoms you may experience after breast explant surgery may or may not include:
It’s crucial to listen to what your body is telling you to begin your journey of healing. If you haven’t started the explanation process yet, it’s vital to make a detailed list of your past and current symptoms. When you visit your healthcare specialist, be sure to describe your symptoms in detail, including when they happen, how they happen, and the duration. I recommend making a spreadsheet and offering your doctor a copy of your symptoms for their records.
Throughout your natural detoxification process, you’ll find that your body will expel the toxins, similar to before your explant surgery. The signs may feel the same within your body and, in actuality, may not have been removing them properly. Through this process, remember that your body needs this time to reset completely. So relax, stay adequately hydrated, and trust the process.
It may take some time to begin feeling like yourself again, and that’s okay. Your body will start to work less when you are through the worst of it. Then, you’ll find more of your energy regained every day. With that being said, there will be ups and downs. Importantly, if you feel that something doesn’t feel right, it is crucial to immediately talk with your surgeon, doctor, or natural care provider. Only you know your body best, and it’s up to you to be your own advocate!
Since BII is relatively new to the medical world, there are no real answers to the questions we have regarding the proper ways to manage ourselves after explanting. The more we share talk about our individual stories, the better we will better understand ourselves and, in turn, can all help to educate others about the process.
Most of what you will read in these blog entries are stories of my personal life experiences, told alongside other strong women who have battled with BII. Regarding the explant process, I believe that our individual experiences will turn into relatable testimonies of our real senses: our common sense, your spiritual sense, and our experience-based knowledge.
If you have any feedback, questions, or wish to contribute to this blog, we welcome you with open arms to speak your truth! We want to provide a safe and loving space to our beautiful community of BII survivors. Our mission is to find survivors willing to share their experiences without fear or judgment from others. We are experienced advocates with a desire to help women warriors along their journey. We highly encourage anyone with BII to share their stories to provide advocacy, education and hope to those who continue their battle with BII.
Stay tuned for my next post, where I will share my experience about differentiating between BII symptoms and the body’s natural detox regime. There, I’ll share how you can tell the difference between the two.
Written by: Clean Beauty Babe