12 Things That Could Be Hindering Your Healing Post Explant

One of the biggest concerns women have when deciding on whether or not explanting really is the first step in their healing journey is, “what if I explant and nothing gets better? What if I still remain sick? What if things get worse?”

I think it’s safe to say we have all wondered that.

What if I spend all this money…

What if I go back to my natural body…

… and nothing changes. Then what do I do!?

If you’re still feeling bad after you explanted, I want to remind you that even though you might not be feeling better, you are in FACT healthier.

You made the right decision because breast implants are made up of 40+ highly toxic chemicals, along with over a dozen heavy metals (tin and platinum being the catalysts).

Since the day you got a breast augmentation your immune system has been bogged down, leaving you susceptible to catching and contracting opportune things like Candida, biofilm and viruses.

And depending on how long you’ve had them, how sick you are or if your silicone implants were ruptured or saline implants were harboring mold, your body might just take a little bit longer to detox and heal.

12 Things That Might Be Hindering Your Healing:

1. Do you have the MTHFR gene mutation?

If so, your body has a harder time processing and eliminating toxins. You’ll want to get tested to see if you have the gene mutation and then work with a practitioner or naturopath that is familiar with methylation and detoxing.

My advice: read this after you read my blog

2. Are you taking prescription medication?

If so, your lingering symptoms could be from the side effects or drug interactions. Prescription drugs can be toxic to our liver and gut.

My advice: If you absolutely have to be on medication I recommend nourishing and cleansing your liver often with Milk Thistle, your kidneys with dandelion tea and your blood with Burdock Root. *see the very bottom

3. Did you have any pre-existing autoimmune issues before you got implants?

If so, being exposed to all those toxins for years potentially exacerbated your condition, which might make it longer to heal. I personally haven’t followed The Medical Mediums work closely, but I know women who have, who swear by his protocols – and the power of celery juice.

My advice: follow everything your doctor recommends, eats good and take good care of your mind and body.

4. Are you getting enough rest and sleep?

Sleep is when your body does the most cleaning, repairing, cell turnover and detoxing. Aim for eight to 10 hours every night.

My advice: I love diffusing lavender essential oils, drinking CALM magnesium and warming myself up a cup of hot chamomile tea. Pro tip: sleep with the air at 68 degrees, make your room pitch dark and don’t look at your phone for two hours before you go to bed. Blue light disrupts your melatonin. Read this.

5. Are you under a tremendous amount of stress?

Stress throws your entire body for a loop. Your thoughts scatter, digestion slows down, cortisol spikes, and your immune system weakens.

My advice:ask yourself, “what is causing me stress? Who is causing me stress? Can I minimize the time around those environments or people?” If not, learn ways to cope with the situation, find a new approach or explore a different perspective.

6. Are you using toxic cosmetics, hygiene products and household cleaning supplies?

If you’re living in a toxic environment, getting bombarded with BPA in plastic, lead in your water, fluoride in your toothpaste, aluminum your deodorant, SLS in your shampoo and synthetic fragrances being sprayed all over your house… that will not help you heal.

My advice: Download the app ‘Think Dirty‘. It’s amazing at finding out just how toxic your hygeine and cosmetic products really are. Scan the barcode on the back of your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, face wash, ect. and you’ll see for yourself where you can do better.

7. How’s your attitude and mindset been lately? 

Your thoughts, beliefs and emotions play a HUGE part in your healing. Worry, shame and anger weaken the body. Negative thoughts stop us from receiving and achieving greatness. Energy and thoughts carry a vibration. If your energy or thoughts are negative, they will weaken your body.

My advice: ask yourself “what is bothering me? Can I change it? What am I so worried about?” and be super honest with yourself. Affirmations are a beautiful way to call in more positivity, healing and confidence.

8. Are you eating enough, eating clean and reducing inflammatory foods?

Food is medicine. It can heal you or hurt you. Things like sugar (including artificial sugar), dairy and gluten are very inflammatory to our body. A body that’s inflamed tends to get sick more often. According to Clevland Clinic, with chronic inflammation, your body is on high alert all the time. This prolonged state of emergency can cause lasting damage to your heart, brain and other organs. Inflammation occurs naturally in the body. but when it goes wrong or goes on for too long, it can trigger disease processes.

My advice: No matter what “diet” you’re following, you want to be sure you’re eating enough. Food isn’t just calories and carbs – it’s nourishment, healing and energy.

9. Were you on antibiotics recently?

If so, your gut needs major love. 70% of our immune system is found in our gut. If your guts off, your immune system is weak.

My advice: incorporate both prebiotics and probiotics, drink bone broth, and eat fermented foods, kefir, and unripe bananas daily.

10. Are you around toxic, unsupportive people? 

This area is often overlooked in regards to healing and your health. Toxic people, with their toxic energy and words, can hinder your healing and turn you into a toxic person. This one goes hand in hand with #5 and #7.

My advice: If they are toxic, they’re toxic. And you know exactly who they are. Let them go – for your own good, health, happiness, and growth.

11. Did you have any lymph nodes removed or are any clogged?

Your lymph nodes filter, trap and collect things like viruses and toxins floating around the body. They play a vital role in your body’s ability to fight off infections. We need our lymph nodes, which are considered the sewage system of our body. If you’re missing lymph nodes things can get backed up, clogged and lymph flow may get hindered.

My advice: dry brush, rebound, hydrotherapy and lymphatic drainage massage.

12. Were your implants moldy or have you been exposed to mold?

Mold exposure wrecks havoc on our body. If you’ve been exposed to mold from your saline implants you’ll need to work closely with your medical team to rid it from your body.

My advice: remove the source and go on a “mold detox diet” (no bad fats, sugar and grains for 90 days)

Look into Dr Pompa’s top three recommendations to heal from mold toxicity:

  • CGEL:  increases the cells natural ability to undergo the natural mechanism of detox;
  • BIND: is a powerful binder that sweeps the body and effectively eliminates toxins from the blood;
  • CytoDetox: enters the cell membrane and act as a vehicle to getting rid of the toxins as we up-regulate cell function, and prevents reabsorption.

How many of these are you currently dealing with?

I address all of this in-depth in my 12-week pre and post explant program, the BII BRIDGE. Learn more here.

Was this helpful? Eye opening? Is there anything I should add to the list?

Let’s keep in touch!

Join my Facebook Group Breast Implant Illness Rejuvenation and Education With Christina

Not on Facebook? That’s ok! Find me on Instagram at @SizeHappy_With Christina

here’s to health, self-love and vibing high,

Christina

Anything that I recommend, be sure to do your own research on to be sure there are no interactions and that it’s safe for you. Christina Roulund is not a doctor or surgeon. None of this is to be taken as medical advice, but rather a sharing of knowledge and information based on research and experience. Always follow the instructions of your health care providers. If you plan to start anything new, always run it by your doctor or surgeon first. This information is not intended to diagnose or prescribe for any medical or psychological condition, nor to treat or cure any conditions.

Having Realistic Healing Expectations Post-Explant

After everything we’ve been through with Breast implant Illness, I know what it’s like to expect that after you take out your breast implants everything will return back to normal within a week.

 

If I’m being completely honest, I cringe when I see someone post “I’m 5 weeks post-op and I’m still dealing with x, y, and z. I thought I’d be feeling better by now. Is this normal?

 

👈🏼This photo was me on day three.
For three weeks I was dealing with this itchy, red, puffy rash under my armpits. It was the most intense itch I’ve ever experienced in my whole life.

 

Did I question my body?

 

Nope.

 

Was I concerned?

 

Yes.

 

I knew -and had complete trust- that my body was doing what it needed to in order to heal me.

 

Heal me from not only from the surgery, but heal me from all the trauma and toxin-exposure it was constantly under for the last 12 years.

 

😣For the first five weeks I was very:

 

– weak
– tired
– itchy
– oily (hair & face)
– mentally out of it
– physically moving very slow

 

but I was also grateful, relieved, and SO happy to be on the other side of all this mess.

 

Immediately post-explant I could breath deeper, see better, and my hip joint pain was completely gone!

 

😔 But then at four months post-op I had a flare up.

 

I started losing my hair again.
My emotions were all over the place.
I felt like I just walked right back into B.I.I.

 

Again, I didn’t question my body.

 

🦋 I trusted it was taking care of business and everything was in perfect order.

 

🙏🏻 I thanked my body daily… from day one.

 

💋 I apologized, asked for forgiveness, and expressed completed admiration for all it was doing for me… for us.

 

✔️ Post-explant is the time for patience, self-care, and forgiveness.

 

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I go over all of this (and more) in the BII Bridge.

 

34 women are currently going through the 12-week course right now.

 

We (Dr Amelia and I) officially launch it in mid-January, AFTER these 34 Fighters & Warriors give us their honest feedback and help us make sure that this program is THE’ best thing for BII sufferers and post-explantees.

 

We decided not to just create and launch a program, without FIRST having women go through it and give us feedback + transform, heal, and detox themselves.

 

BII BRIDGE is for warriors, created by warriors!

 

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🔥 6 Takeaways If You Just Explanted (or will be soon):

 

1. Trust and believe that your body IS on your side. Even though at times it doesn’t feel like it is – it is. Always.
Be KIND.

 

2. Understand that you just had a major surgery. You can’t, and shouldn’t, rush healing.
Be PATIENT.

 

3. Your body is not only healing you from the surgery itself, it’s digesting your food, filtering out toxins, pumping blood and oxygen throughout your body, eliminating toxins, repairing & rebuilding your chest muscle.
Be THANKFUL.

 

4. Your body has an innate ability to heal itself. It is always seeking balance and homeostasis. It’s ALWAYS repairing, rebuilding, and cleansing something.
Be GRATEFUL.

 

5. Your body is going to fix what’s most important first. And sometimes what you want healed immediately isn’t its priority.
Be UNDERSTANDING.

 

6. It is said that for every year you’ve had implants, it’ll take one month of healing. This is just a general rule of thumb and totally made up – not scientifically proven.
Just like with weight loss – you can’t be overweight for 10 years and have 10 years worth of bad habits, and expect that in 10 days, or even 10 months, you’ll be in the best shape of your life. It’s unrealistic.

 

Are you on Facebook?
Join my Breast Implant Illness Support Group: Breast Implant Illness Rejuvenation and Education With Christina

 

Not on facebook? That’s ok. Find me on Instagram: @SizeHappy_withChristina

 

here’s to health, self-love and vibing high,
Christina Roulund

B.I.I. BRIDGE (pre & post explant 12-week program)

Waiting to explant is an emotional rollercoaster.
Doubts, fears, and anxiety creep in constantly.
If you’ve already explanted you’re probably wondering, “am I healing right? Is this normal? When should I start detoxing?
 
Dr Amelia and I have heard it all.
That’s why we are putting our heads (and hearts) together to bring you the BII BRIDGE.
 
Who better to help lead the way on the journey back to WHOLE BODY HEALTH than two Breast Implant Illness Warriors with a passion for helping women rejuvenate!

 

What is the B.I.I. BRIDGE?

Bridging the gap between Breast Implant Illness and whole body health
 
🤷🏻‍♀️ BRIDGE? What’s that?
 ‘Bridge’ is an acronym that stands for:
 
B*ody Image
R*oot Cause
I*mmune System
D*etox
G*ut Health
E*motional Support (and Exercise!)
 
BUT you can bet we will be splashing in a dash of self-love, EFT & visualization, the lymphatic system (one of the most overlooked and important systems), hormones, nutrition, essential oils – and more!
 
This is NOT a program that solely focuses on the physical body, supplements, and detox.
 
BII BRIDGE is a mind & body focused program for any woman wanting to look and feel better, both before and after her explant.
 
We believe that the physical body has a harder time healing with a toxic mind, and a toxic mind won’t heal the body nearly as fast as it’s capable.
 
The Mind-Body Connection must be strong for whole-body health, any form of healing to take place, and in order to live a blissed-out life.

 

BII BRIDGE is broken up into two phases:

  • The Pre-Op Phase (Fighter Phase)
  • The Post-Op Phase (Warrior Phase)
 

🥊 In the Fighter Phase (Pre-Op) we will be helping you:

  • strengthen your immune system
  • improve your gut health
  • get your nutrition on point
  • work through any emotions, fears, and triggers
  • prepare your home and get things in order for your big day
so that you walk into surgery as healthy, strong, confident, and prepared as humanly possible!
 

⚔️ In the Warrior Phase (Post-Op) we will be helping you:

  • heal ~ mind and body immediately following your surgery
  • build your gut back up (especially after antibiotics)
  • remove toxins safely and effectively, aka detox
  • eat for optimal health and healing
  • ease back into exercising, moving your body, and lifting weights
  • adjust to your new body & boobies
  • work through any emotions, concerns, or doubts that pop up
so that you get back to being you again, showing up fully for those you love, and embrace your new body (and boobies)!
 
🌙 There will be weekly affirmations, visualization exercises, meditations, and EFT (tapping) sessions included in BOTH Phases!

With all the advice out there in the land of Facebook Groups, no “one” person or  one “Group” is addressing all of this in the right order, that’s easy for you to apply and implement safely.

 
There are so many suggestions being thrown out there daily, like…
 
do this… no, this way is better.
– take this… no, that one is horrible. Here’s what I take.
– try this brand… that brand sucks. Here, try this one.
– look into Medical Medium… no, Robert Morse, Gerson Therapy, Andy Cutler. 😫Who is the best!?
 
It’s information overload, downright confusing, and dangerous.
 
That’s why we’re stepping in 👠👠
 
Every BODY is different and requires different dosages, time frames to start and end, attention… not to mention if you’re on medication or have a medical condition, you have got to be careful.
 
When you go through this program, before we even begin, we are going to be asking you:
  1. What symptoms are you currently dealing with?
  2. Do you have the EBV?
  3. Do you have the MTHFR gene mutation?
  4. What have you been diagnosed with after you got breast implants?
  5. Were your implants ruptured when you explanted?
  6. What other supplements and prescriptions are you taking?
  7. Are you, or do you plan to get pregnant in the next 12 weeks?
  8. How’s your diet? Do you have any allergies or sensitivities?
  9. Are you currently exercise?
  10. Do you have any physical limitations/injuries?
These 10 things play a MAJOR role in your healing and detox journey. And no two women are alike.
 

 

Dr. Amelia will specifically be focusing on your gut health, immune system, nutrition, supplements, and detox.
Christina will specifically be addressing body-image, self-love, stress, and emotions.

 

✔️ Both Phases are 12 weeks long and are laid out strategically to help you calmly walk into surgery and confidently walk out of surgery.
If you’d like to be notified when this program is available, put your name and email address here: www.sizehappy.net/viplist

 

here’s to health and happiness,

 

Christina and Dr. Amelia

Why Do I Wait 4 Weeks Post Explant to Detox?

Detox is one of the hottest topics amongst the Breast Implant Illness community.

And for good reason.

All breast implants have over 40 toxins on the shell – including heavy metals, neurotoxins, endocrine and hormone disruptors, and carcinogens.

And after finding this out we desperately want to remove them, and all the toxins, as fast as we can!

But with detoxing you’ve gotta be smart, take it slow, and play it safe.

Common questions I hear are:

When can I start detoxing?

Why shouldn’t I detox before I explant?

What should I be focusing on before I explant?

Why do I need to wait 4-6 weeks post explant to detox?

Below, I’m going to explain what you should be focusing on before you explant and why it’s important to wait 4-6 weeks post-explant to start any form of detoxing.

What you want to focus on BEFORE you explant is boosting your immune system by:

  • optimize your gut health and boosting your gut microbiome
  • stimulating your lymphatic system with dry brushing, rebounding, and hydrotherapy
  • Incorporate things such as Vitamin C, mushrooms, and essential oils
  • continue existing exercise routine (quit 7-10 days before you explant)
  • eat wholesome, organic food as much as possible
  • drink plenty of purified water
  • reduce stressors (people, environments, bad habits, etc.)
  • getting plenty of rest and deep sleep (pitch dark room at 67 degrees for highest melatonin production)
  • *reduce alcohol (completely quit two weeks before you explant)
  • *reduce sugar and artificial sweeteners (completely quit two weeks before you explant)
  • incorporate emotional healing techniques like meditation, visualization, tapping, journaling, etc.
  • Self-care, self-love, and focusing on all the fun things you want to do after you explant! Positive mindset, baby.

*alcohol and sugar cause massive inflammation and weaken the immune system for up to six hours after consumption

Here are supplements I recommend looking into both pre and post explant.

You’ll want to discontinue all supplements (besides probiotics) two weeks before you explant.

Bromoline (pineapple juice) and Arnica are highly recommended to start taking 5-7 days BEFORE your explant to help reduce bruising, swelling, and pain.

The main reason why you don’t want to start any form of detox BEFORE you explant is

because you don’t want to potentially start pulling toxins and heavy metals from your breast implants.

When you do a detox, you are essentially pushing toxins out from your cells, fat, and organs (even your brain), which then gets circulated throughout your body. You must then incorporate a binder, which grabs onto the toxins and pulls them out of the body either by way of sweat, urine, or fecal matter (poop).

Long story short.

And besides, in my opinion, detoxing with breast implants is a waste of money and energy because you still have the source of the toxins in you long after you discontinue the detox.

It’s recommended to start detoxing 4-6 weeks AFTER you explant. Here is why.

  1. Your body has just gone through a physically traumatic experience. The first 4-6 weeks after you explant (and longer if you got a fat transfer) is the time to only focus on rest, recovery, self-care, and forgiveness.
  2. You want to be sure to give your body at least four weeks to repair tissue, repair muscle, heal, and detox on its own… without the influence of herbs, supplements, and binders.
  3. You were put under with anesthesia and probably washed with an antibiotic solution. These things are going to take some time to completely get out of your system, so don’t be alarmed if you feel weak, nauseous, bloated, and lightheaded for up to three weeks. Especially if you have the MTHFR gene, which makes detoxing harder.
  4. Because of number three 👆🏼you don’t want to potentially feel any worse if you don’t have to from detox symptoms, which typically include fatigue, headaches, and general achiness.

I hope this helped clarify some things!

If you still have questions, please email me at Christina@sizehappy.net

You can also find me inside my Facebook Group, Breast Implant Illness Rejuvenation and Education with Christina , where I’m very active.

If you’re not on Facebook – you should be! But that’s ok… you can also find me on Instagram here

For more information regarding Breast Implant Illness, explanting, detox, and healing visit the Breast Implant Illness section of my website (sizehappy.net coming soon)

here’s to self-love, health, and vibing high,

Christina Roulund

Founder and Leader of Size: Happy

Welcome New Members!

Welcome to your new home, safe space, and tribe!

I hope my Facebook Community:

– gives you the HOPE & STRENGTH you need to carry you through your darkest hours

– provides you with every last piece of INFORMATION you’ll need to prepare, explant, detox, and heal ~ PROPERLY & SAFELY

– brings you loving FRIENDSHIPS & BONDS out of this unique situation

– helps you HEAL… mind-body-soul (whether you decide to explant or not).

 

Below are four VERY important things you should know about this Group

 

1. The first Monday of each month I go Live!

 

I enjoy answering any questions you have about BII, explanting, detox, pre-op prep, post-op care, etc.

 

2. I put together a Breast Implant Illness ebook for you:

 

It’s called, “Discovering Breast Implant Illness – What Now?

This guide will take you from overwhelmed to completely confident as far as what to do pre-explant, when to do things post-explant, etc.

Inside the guide:

– an easy seven-step checklist that will guide you from “I just discovered BII” to well beyond your explant date, with peace of mind, confidence, and empowerment.

– 40+ questions to ask at your explant consultation ~ some of which you probably had no idea to ask, or why.

– a list of 22 things to do the week of your explant ~ you don’t want to forget some of these!

– what to expect with post-op care 

what is en bloc? – and why is it so important.

– dozens of ways to boost your immune system pre-explant and detox post-explant 

– other important resources and websites

GET YOUR COPY HERE

This is a Pick Your Price guide ~ put in $1, $5, $20 ~ whatever you feel like donating. Totally up to you 🙂

*After you download it to your computer, print it out and put it in a folder.

 

3. There are 40+ “FILES” and 20+ “ANNOUNCEMENTS”

 

These are the areas inside the Facebook Group where you’ll find valuable information like:

under the “Files” section:
– the latest news and updates regarding breast implants, BII, and BIA-ALCL
– What Toxic Chemicals Are On ALL Breast Implants (not just saline)
– What Does Explanting en Bloc Mean (and why it’s important)
– 8 Ways to Emotionally Prepare For Surgery

– What to expect with post-op care
– Exercising After Explant
– Health Benefits of Rebounding, Dry Brushing and Hydrotherapy

– My personal Story, symptoms, and experience with Breast Implant Illness

under the “Announcements” section:

– This Groups Recommended Explant Surgeon List

– Size: Happy VIP Email List

– Me & Dr Dev 75 minute Live video that covers everything about explanting!
– and sooooo much more…

 

So let’s get to know one another & offer helping hands

Head back inside the Group after you’re done reading this, under your Welcome Post (the one you were just tagged in), and share with us which part of the journey you’re on!

A. I just discovered BII and am trying to learn more about it and the explant process. *Share what specifically you have questions on or concerns about so we can help you.

B. I have implants and I’m considering/definitely getting them out. *Tell us if you’ve had a consult yet, when it is, when your explant date is and who your surgeon is.

C. I explanted and am looking for help with healing, recovery, and detoxification. I want to be apart of this high vibe community, help contribute in any way that I can, and support others.

Share as little or as much with us as you’re comfortable with 💗

I warmly welcome you,
Christina Roulund

Admin

If you are reading this blog post and aren’t yet apart of the Facebook Group, you can join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/breastimplantillness/

Everything I Need To Know Before and After I Explant

I recently asked 3,000 women what their most pressing questions are regarding :

  • Breast Implant Illness
  • breast implants
  • the explanting procedure
  • BIA-ALCL
  • healing – mind & body
  • detoxing
  • Pre-Op Prep – mindset, body and your home
  • Post-Op Care – mindset & body

and more!

 

So what I did was compile almost my entire website into this one article!

 

Everything you need to know before & after you explant

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1. One doctor I saw said he did not believe in adverse reactions to the implants. He says all of my symptoms could be from my hysterectomy. I don’t have leaking implants. Is it still possible to have reactions? 

ANSWER: Your implants do NOT have to be leaking or ruptured for you to experience BII. I had my breast implants for 12 years, 7 of those years I was not myself. And you know what? My breast implants were not leaking at all. Click here for the facts and truth.

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2. Detoxing recommendations that worked for you! So much out there, not sure what to trust.

ANSWER: Detoxing post explant is a hot top! As with any surgeon, doctor, personal trainer, business coach, etc. everyone has their own opinion, formula, and protocol as to what (they think) works best. What I believe, is that any detox protocol that you chose to follow absolutely needs to be prescribed to you only after looking at YOUR labs, YOUR bloodwork, YOUR hormones, etc. There is no one-size-fits-all. With all that being said, though, I do believe in specific over the counter supplements that have been shown to scientifically help with cleansing and detoxing the body. Click here to see my personal favorite supplements and herbs.

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3. Why do women get more /severe problems usually 4 months post-op? What triggers this, and if you aren’t doing an actual detox, what makes your body detox naturally to increase these symptoms? What would you recommend for an easy detox?

ANSWER: This is a great question, and one I don’t think anyone can truly pinpoint to one thing or give a definitive answer as to why this seems to happen at four months out. Being as though every “body” is different, it could literally be dozens of reasons. What I think, just from knowing so much about the body’s systems and functions, I’d say it has to do with a large number of toxins that are weakening the immune system wanting to come out quicker than the body can handle, now that the body is healthier and stronger. I mean, who really knows, though. I myself had a flare-up at four months post-op, so I know what you’re saying.

As far as ” recommendations for an easy detox“, I don’t think there is such a thing. Detoxing on the cellular level, when you’re pushing heavy metals out of your brain and neurotoxins out of your tissue, is not a walk in the part, and by no means “easy“. It should be taken very seriously, slowly and with great attention to you and your body. Dr Amelia and I are working on a detox program right now that will help women both pre and post-explant – be on the lookout for it soon!

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4. What can I do to help my lymphatic system pre-explant that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?

ANSWER: The lymphatic system is one of the most overlooked systems and one of the most important ones, especially for optimal health. Three easy things you can do to help your lymphatic fluid moving are dry brushing, hydrotherapy and rebounding. Lymphatic drainage (massage) has also been shown to be tremendously beneficial post-explant. Just be sure to find a therapist that is an expert in the technique.

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5. My spouse loves me, but can come off as being unsupportive about this whole thing. Any pieces of advice on how to address this and help him understand me better?

ANSWER: This is a toughy. Especially if your man is a boob-man and likes your implants. I have a strong opinion about this issue – click here for my honest advice. You’ve got this!

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6. How to talk to a friend who has symptoms but doesn’t believe in BII?

ANSWER: This can be a tough one and a place where you want to tread lightly and with care. Hounding her, scaring her, getting angry with her will not work – trust me. Here is the best way to approach your bff

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7. I know there’s no test to identify whether or not you have BII or if it’s your implants are for sure making you sick, but are there any tests you recommend I should look into to for my thyroid, hormones, heavy metals, and MTHFR Gene?

ANSWER: Breast Implant Illness, in my opinion, isn’t that hard to diagnose – or at least it shouldn’t be. “Do you have breast implants? Yes… then your body IS having an immune response and being exposed to heavy metals constantly, which is taxing your immune system.” Anytime you put something foreign in the body, let aloe toxic too, your body WILL have an immediate response. Nobody is “immune” to this. Here’s a list of the most popular tests to look into.

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8. My explant date is approaching and I’m feeling very scattered and scared as to how to prepare things around my house and calm my nerves – help! 

ANSWER: I’ve got you covered! Go here to read about 8 ways to emotionally prepare for surgery. Go here to find out the 22 things you should do the week before you explant.

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9. I have the textured implants that were recalled in July 2019 by the FDA. I’m scared about BIA-ALCL. What should I know about it?

ANSWER: First off, don’t freak out. Probably easier said than done. The most common symptoms to look out for are fluid around the breast implant, swelling, itchiness of the breast, redness of the breast, and lesions that do not go away. Click here to see how BIA-ALCL is diagnosed and treated. At the bottom of the article I just linked you’ll find a Downloadable Fact Sheet about BIA-ALCL. Again, breathe… you’ll be just fine.

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10. The proper way to test for BIA-ALCL when you explant and the price range? The proper way to be tested for BIA-ALCL, when you have a mass… Can the mass be located anywhere in the breast tissue? Why some surgeons are not following the guidelines to test properly for BIA-ALCL? 

ANSWER: The proper way to test would be to get an explant and get the surrounding fluid and tissue sent off to a lab to get screened for CD30 (the name of the test you’ll request), a specific marker that indicates lymphoma. If you have a mass in your breast it can be biopsied and/or you can get an ultrasound to see the size and if there are any abnormalities. I’ve heard the cost of the pathology test can be as little as $300, and upwards to $3,000. Insurance “should” cover symptomatic patients. If you’re not symptomatic it might be a little bit harder to push your surgeon into testing you.

The way I see things is you’re the patient, it’s your money, and your body – you should demand the test. If you have a stubborn surgeon who refuses to test you, say “if I was your daughter requesting this test, for peace of mind, would you still be denying me just because my symptoms are what you consider mild?” You will throw him/her off guard and if he/she has a heart and conscious I would hope they’d approve your request.

  • Check out www.biaalcl.com for more information
  • There’s a Facebook Group to get support and solution specifically regarding everything related to BIA-ALCL. It’s called, ALCL In Women With Breast Implants BIA-ALCL

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11. I recently saw a surgeon who recommended that I drain my saline implants first before removing the shell. Is this safe?

ANSWER: NO! Plain and simple. Draining your “safe saline” first, before removing the shell and capsule is very risky. The reason is that should your saline implants be harboring mold, bacteria or fungus (which does happen), you do not want any of those particles getting into your bloodstream. Why take that risk? You want to make sure that the surgeon you chose will do your explant en bloc and with a Total Capsulectomy. Typically surgeons who are not skilled with doing a safe and proper explant (meaning en bloc with a TC) will tell you “there’s no need to do your explant en bloc… it’s too evasive and too traumatic on the body.” This is not true. Learn about the importance of explanting en bloc here and what the explant surgery procedure should look like.

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12. What do I need to ask my suregon at my explant consultation? I’m sure there are some things I’m not even thinking about that are super important.

ANSWER: When it comes to your consultation you want to make sure your surgeon has the right credentials, is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, will confidently do your explant en bloc with a Total Capsulectomy, does pathology (should you need it), is going to be available post-explant should something happen … and SO much more. Get the FULL LIST of 40+ questions you’ll want to ask here.

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13. I’m worried about the recovery pain and when I can start doing things like exercising, laying in the sun, taking a bath, and driving. Also like when I can shower, drive, and get my drains out. Do you have any idea about these things?

ANSWER: YAS! Long answer short, you should run these questions by your surgeon first. No matter what anyone says, including myself, you should always do what your surgeon recommends. Here is a general list of when you can start doing things and the time frame regarding Post-Op Care. As far as exercising, you’ll always want to take it slow at first, even if you do get the clear from your surgeon. If you lift weights, always start light. I’m talking 5lb dumbbells for upper body for the first 2-3 weeks after you get cleared. Here’s what I did post-explant, regarding exercise!

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14. Was anyone super emotional the week prior to explant? I am four days out and I feel like a crazy woman! I cry unexpectedly, I’m super anxious and riding the emotional roller coaster. Hoping this is all normal?!

ANSWER: Yes, I have experienced this and it is normal. Your body is not only physically cleansing, it’s doing an emotional cleansing as well. All of all those low vibe emotions that got stuck in your body over the years are moving through. Don’t question it or judge it. Allow them to flow through you. On these days practice extra self-care and get more rest. Some common e-motions that get released post-explant are shame, fear, and grief. Click here to discover the three phases we all go through, and my top 5 things to do when these emotions pop up.

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15. Self-love help to accept our new selves, when struggling with how we look post explant.

ANSWER: this can be tough, I know. For some of us, we got our breast implants because we were trying to fill a void from deep within, boost our confidence, and thought they’d fix everything. The best pieces of advice I have for you are in this article.

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16. Can you include recommended scar treatment?

ANSWER: Yes! After I started using these three things, my scars diminished quickly. Click here to see what thousands of women, including myself, are using to help heal and fade our incisions.

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17. Is there a type of soap that you would recommend using after explant? Clean safe shampoo and conditioner?

ANSWER: I have two answers to this. 1. Download the app “Think Dirty” on your phone. How this app works is you scan the barcode of any shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, and body lotion and it tells you on a Scale from o-10 (0 being non-toxic, 10 being ‘get that shit away from me’) how clean or how toxic a product is. Not only this, if this product has 50 ingredients in it, it will literally tell you what every ingredient is, what it’s commonly used for and how toxic each individual ingredient is. 2. I’ve been using a Shampoo called iRestore since I was 4 weeks post-explant. This Shampoo helps with reducing hair loss and thinning hair. I swear by it! The link above is my Amazon Affiliate Link. If you do order your Shampoo through this link I will receive a very small commission.

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18. Clean products you use in your home recommendations – want to change to healthier options!

ANSWER: I love that you’re asking this! Oftentimes people overlook how toxic their household cleaning products are. For me, the only thing I really use in my home (on my counters and floor) is something called, Thieves household cleaning by Young Living. Now when it comes to laundry, window cleaning, etc. some great brands that I trust, that you can get off of Amazon, are ECOS, Meyers, and Seventh Generation.

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I hope this truly helped you find solutions, feel better. 💗

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I created a guide, Discovering breast Implant Illness – What Now? that covers all of this, plus more!  Click here to download it. Be sure to print it out and keep it in a notebook of its own along with your pre-op and post-op paperwork.

This is a Pick Your Price guide. You choose the amount you’d like to donate for it. Anything is greatly appreciated, as I put in well over 20 hours each week towards helping women inside my Facebook, on Social Media, and through email completely free of charge. XO

If you’re on Facebook and need support, solutions, and sisterhood + help with detoxing the body, self-love and healing, Join my Facebook Group.

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here’s to self-love, health and high vibes,

Christina Roulund-Dennis

Founder of Size: Happy

Admin of Breast Implant Illness Rejuvenation and Education with Christina Facebook Group

 

DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been approved by the FDA. The information provided on or through this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical, legal or other professional advice. Always work with your health care professional and surgeon when discussing treatments and supplements. This information is not intended to replace the advice or attention of a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. You should never go against what your doctor or surgeon recommends and always follow their advice first. Christina Roulund is not a doctor or healthcare professional, so none of this should be taken as medical advice.

Three Products that Help Minimize the Appearance of Scars

Let’s chat natural products to help minimize the appearance of your scars.

After surgery I see a lot of women ask “what is the best thing to use on your incisions to help minimize the appearance of scars?”

For the first 4-6 weeks it’s recommended to only use Coconut Oil on your incisions. At about 6-8 weeks post-op you can apply the following…

🌙 Four Things You Need:

1. Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil
2. Jason Vitamin E 45,000 IU
3. Frankincense essential oil
4. Small glass vile

The above are Amazon Affiliate links and should only cost you around $25 (excluding the essential oil) and last you roughly a month.

🌙 Directions:

Holding the glass vile, fill it up 3/4 with Vitamin E and 1/4 with Frankincense Essential Oil.

The Coconut Oil is something you’ll dab your fingers in and smooth on your incisions after you lather your incision with the Vitamin E & Essential Oil potion.

The Coconut Oil helps penetrate the Vitamin E & Essential Oil deeper and spread more evenly into your incision while acting as an antibacterial.

* You can use liquid Coconut Oil if you’d like! Here you’ll do 50% Vitamin E, 25% Essential Oil, and 25% liquid Coconut Oil.

 

🌙 How To:

Apply/Massage this blend into your incision in the morning and again at night for a few minutes each breast.

While you’re topless you’ll also want to massage your entire chest (up to your collar bone, over to your armpits and down below your breast crease) with just Coconut Oil (or any massage oil/lotion of your choice) for 10 minutes twice a day, as well.

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Here is a huge list of my favorite essential oils to help you heal mind and body!

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I share a ton of information just like this inside of my Breast Implant Illness Support Facebook Group

If you’re not on Facebook – that’s ok. I share just as much on my Instagram account

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here’s to self-love, health and high vibes,

Christina Roulund

Founder of the Size: Happy movement

 

The Real Cost Of Breast Augmentation

When you sign the papers to get your breast augmentation, don’t forget to add in the cost of:

– $100’s on hair extensions & anti-hair loss shampoo because your hair is thinning and falling out in the handfuls when you shower.

-$1,000’s on supplements to boost your immune system, lose weight, heal your gut, and regulate your thyroid and adrenals.

– $1,000’s – $10,000’s on testing for food sensitivity, candida, EBV, IBS, leaky gut, SIBO, MS, Lupus, Hashimoto’s, fibromyalgia, mold exposure, heavy metal exposure… just to name a few.

– $100’s on eye doctors, eye drops and contacts because your vision starts declining

– $100’s on anti-anxiety meds for the panic attacks and anxious feelings

– $100’s on antidepressants for the suicidal thoughts

– $100’s on pain pills for your achy, stiff joints

– $1,000’s on energy drinks and stimulants just to get you through your day

– $1,000’s on sleeping pills for the insomnia

– $100’s – $1,000’s on hormone replacement for your night sweats, irritability and pre-menopausal symptoms

– $1,000’s on couples therapy because your sex life is non-existent …and you’ve become an empty shell of a person

– $10,000’s on chiropractors/naturopaths visits & specialized supplements

– $100’s – $1,000’s on imaging/mammography/MRIs for lumps, hardness and pain

– $100’s – $1,000’s on lab work costs for blood work

– $1,000’s on dermatologist visits, prescription meds and creams because of weird random rashes and acne flare ups

– $10,000’s – $100,000’s on doctor visits alone, only to be told “everything looks normal… we can’t find anything wrong with you”, every time. Or worse… you have BIA-ALCL, a rare cancer of the immune system that you can only get from breast implants.

– taking off of work because you’re in pain, too tired, full of anxiety, or in the hospital.

 

🤷🏻‍♀️ Don’t just take my word for it. Ask the tens of thousands of other women who all experienced the same thing ~ IF NOT WORSE, BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant Associated – Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) from their “FDA Approved safe” breast implants!

 

👭Need support, answers, solutions?

Join this woman’s only Breast Implant Illness Support Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/breastimplantillness/

 

here’s to health, self-love and vibing high,

Christina Roulund-Dennis

Why Am I So Emotional After Explanting?

Deciding to go through with an explant is both a liberating and scary decision. It takes a toll on us emotionally and mentally, even if we are ready and sure about what we’re about to do.

Parting ways with our breast implants is a lot to process and come to terms with, especially if you aren’t yet in the place of loving and accepting your body (and breasts).

Recently inside my Breast Implant Illness Support Facebook Group, someone asked the question: Was anyone super emotional the week prior to explant? I am four days out and I feel like a crazy woman! I cry unexpectedly, I’m super anxious and riding the emotional roller coaster. Hoping this is all normal?!”

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen posts like this, so I wanted to take some time to address this because I know how alarming it can be.

First off – yes! Crying spells and heightened emotions are totally normal, and in fact very common, after explanting.

Your body is releasing so many stored emotions that have been stuck in your energy centers for years.

Low vibrational frequencies like fear, guilt, shame, grief, vanity, apathy, and anger, if not processed will stick with you until you address them head on and move them out.

After you explant your body is doing a sort of shedding and cleansing – emotionally. 

Let the tears flow. Cry hard. Feel the anger and guilt.

But the trick is to not dwell on these thoughts and e-motions (energy in motion) for more than 10 minutes.

Honor those feelings and thoughts, and then release them. 

Don’t judge what’s coming up or try to shove them back down because you don’t want to feel uncomfortable.

You have to feel to heal. Feel it all… and then exhale and let it all go.

Next time you’re feeling sad and don’t understand where it’s coming from, repeat this mantra as your hands are in the praying position tucked under your chin:

*inhale

I honor these emotions coming up. I’m going to allow them to flow through me, as I sit here, without judgment, and process them. I feel you (sadness, anger, fear – whatever you’re feeling), but I must let you go.”

*exhale “These emotions aren’t serving me anymore, and I lovingly release you from my body.

Say this mantra as many times as you need to.

Weeks might go by and then these emotions pop back up again. That’s ok and to be expected.

Find a quiet place to sit and come back to this mantra.

There are three phases we go through emotionally during the explanting journey:

First, the shock of it all and anxiously awaiting surgery.

“Why did I ever want these implants in the first place?”

“What if it’s not my implants making me sick?”

“What if I don’t get better?”

“I don’t know if I can wait four months to explant.”

Second, the excitement of the explant itself.

“I’m in pain but I feel so much better!”

“What do I look like?”

“Will my husband still be attracted to me?”

“I’m so happy I made it through surgery!”

Third, the detoxing and healing journey post-explant.

“Everyone else seems to be healing so much faster.”

“Is it normal to be experiencing x, y, z, after explant?”

“Is what I’m going through a detox reaction or flare up?”

Post explant is a good time to focus on your healing journey, and not get so caught up into how everyone else is healing and feeling.

Us women can be critical and impatient when it comes to how fast things are moving along. And then there’s the thing where we compare our breasts, healing journey, and body to others.

Just like anything on social media, most people only post when things are good. Very few post on the days they feel and look like “crap”. Same goes with healing post-explant.

From the time we discover Breast Implant Illness to well beyond our explant, expect:

  • the high
  • the lows
  • the empowering thoughts
  • the worries
  • the doubts
  • the fears
  • the excitement of new possibilities

I mean, it’s like being on an emotional rollercoaster in the dark, not knowing what you’re going to experience at the turn ahead.

Going from happy, to anxiety and worry, to crying for no real reason as to why all within 15 minutes happens.

It’s totally normal to experience this, sister. You’re not alone and there’s nothing wrong with you.

Let it all out and have faith that your body is going through what it needs to in order for you to heal and detox, not only from toxins, but pent up emotions.

You’re a tough cookie and are allowed to have rough days. You’re human, not a robot.

My top 5 tips when you’re feeling extra emotional:

  • soak in a bubble bath with lavender essential oil and visualize your body healing
  • go for a walk and repeat healing mantras. “My body is healing and on my side.”
  • journal out your emotions and thoughts
  • communicate your thoughts and feelings to those you love who support you 🙋🏻
  • go to YouTube, search “healing frequencies” and lie comfortably doing breathing exercises as you listen to them

Here are some quotes I think you’ll love:

We repeat what we don’t repair” ~ Christine Langey-Obaugh

She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” ~ Elizabeth Edwards

3 Routes To Healing: 1. You must let the pain visit. 2. You must allow it to teach you. 3. You must not allow it to overstay.” ~ ljeoma Umebinyuo

Wounds don’t heal the way you want them to, they heal the way they need to. It takes time for wounds to fade into scars. It takes time for the process of healing to take place. Give yourself that time. Give yourself that grace. Be gentle with your wounds. Be gentle with your heart. You deserve to heal.” ~ Dele Olanubi

When life feels heavy, and it’s as though your body is against you, allow more love and light to flow through you. Inhale peace and love, exhale worry and sorrow.”~ me

I hope this helped. XO

here’s to health, self-love and vibing high,

Christina Roulund

Breast Implant Illness Rejuvenation and Education with Christina

@Sizehappy_With Christina on Instagram

 

 

 

 

Six Month Explant Surgery Post-Op Update

Let me just start off by saying….. what an incredible and miraculous six months it has been!

If we’ve just met and my Breast Implant Illness story is new to you, I highly suggest that you read this first and then come back to this blog.

Where to start, where to start.

Before I get into what’s improved, I feel the need to say a few things.

Explanting saved my life and my relationship. 

For the last seven years, since I chalked up my chronic fatigue and brain fog to being a new mom.

I was living in a state of survival and not by any means thriving or living up to my highest potential… in any area of my life.

I knew I had greatness in me and that I was meant for BIG things in this lifetime, but my lack of energy and focus always got the best of me.

  • If you are considering breast implants
  • If you have breast implants and feel off or like somethings not right with your body

Please download the guide I put together for you, Discovering Breast Implant Illness – What Now? 

Included in this guide are a long list of symptoms that you should look out for, that tens-of-thousands of us have experienced, such as:

  • brain fog and memory issues
  • chronic fatigue
  • low libido
  • vision issues/eye floaters
  • joint pains
  • gasping for air/shortness of breath
  • massive hair loss
  • anxiety/panic attacks out of nowhere
  • depression/suicidal thoughts
  • heart palpitations
  • gut and digestion issues/food intolerances
  • thyroid issues
  • immune system issues/always sick
  • weight gain
  • insomnia
  • and many more

Now as far as my symptoms, you’re not going to believe this.

ALL my symptoms are GONE.

Not just better or improved… G.O.N.E.

Over the last six months I did have two “flare ups”. One from seven – 12 weeks post-op and another one just last week for only six to seven days (I was losing my hair again, gasping for air and having breakouts).

After you explant this is totally normal and to be expected.

Your body is going through a lot of healing, repairing and detoxification, ups and downs. Be patient.

And don’t be too alarmed with how your breasts look immediately after you explant. They are going to change shape so much over the months. Mine “fluffed” out around four months. So instead of having sisters they now look more like twins.

On a day to day basis I feel like a brand new woman in a brand new body.

I have so many things I want to create and build, explore and seek – and I have the energy and motivation to do it.

I’m excited for the future again!

My relationship is better, my business is better, my health is better – and the only thing I changed was I took two toxic foreign objects out of my body.

I do need to acknowledge and give a huge thanks to Dr Dev from Aqua Plastic Surgery in South Florida. Him and his entire team is amazing. I wrote about my experience with him here.

If you’re waiting to explant, I’m here for you.

If you just discovered Breast Implant Illness and feel overwhelmed, scared and nervous, I’m here for you.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email at: Christina@SizeHappy.net or message me on social media.

Back in September 2018 I decided to create a community on Facebook where women just like me could gather, feel supported and heard and find answers and solutions. Breast Implant Illness Rejuvenation and Education With Christina is my baby… it’s where I feel safe, validated and understood. It’s where I can bond with and encourage other women who are going through this journey wit me. I’d be honored if you’d join us! I go Live every Monday to be of service to you and answer your questions because I truly care so deeply for my community and members and just want you to know that you’re loved, fully supported and that everything will be ok.

If you’re on Instagram, I have an account solely dedicated to Breast Implant Illness and my explant journey – @SizeHappy_WithChristina. Follow me here!

What it comes down to is that EVERYTHING has changed!

And not just with my body.

My attitude, perspective, personality, excitement for the future, my circle/tribe, ambition, goals – everything.

And all for the better.

Oh, and if you’re wondering “are you happy with your results?” and “do you regret anything?

The answer is: heck yes and heck no!

I will take being healthy and happy any day over looking (“womanly, attractive“).

This is the core message behind Size: Happy. ♥️

here’s to health, self-love and high vibes,

Christina