Empowered Explant

Empowered Explant

Are you preparing to explant? An explant warrior in healing? Or still figuring out if you want to remove your breast implants? No matter where you are on your journey, you’re in the right place. Each week, we’ll bring you expert interviews, conversations with women about their experiences, and explant tips from your host Darnah Mercieca – with topics covering everything from capsules to confidence! Darnah is a board-certified health and wellness coach specializing in integrative nutrition and mindset. A sufferer of breast implant illness, she had explant surgery in November 2021. Now healed, with BII symptoms gone, she is dedicating her experience and expertise to supporting women on their explant journeys. You can help us raise awareness by hitting subscribe and leaving a review! Interviews and sponsorships email: podcast@empoweredexplant.com.

Episodes

June 12, 2024 30 mins

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Curious about the mysterious term "fluffing" after breast explant surgery? Listen in to gain a medically-informed understanding of this often misunderstood concept. Hear firsthand insights from Dr. Dev, an expert explant surgeon, who clarifies this phenomenon and helps set realistic expectations for your explant journey.

I also share essential recovery strategies to optimize your breast healing and “fluff...

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Can prioritizing protein support your explant surgery recovery? Uncover this and more as I guide you through the essential role of protein in surgery preparation and healing in this episode of Empowered Explant. To help you feel confident on your healing journey, I explain the science behind protein's critical contributions to wound healing, immune support, and hormone regulation. You'll learn practical ...

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Today we're diving deep into the transformative power of self-love and cultivating confidence after explant surgery (or any stage of life!)

In this episode:

  • Personal Update: I share my joy about a beautiful new relationship that blossomed post-explant surgery, symbolizing my journey into authentic self-confidence.

  • Connection Between Self-Image and Relationships: Reflecting on past challenges and ho...
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Welcome to a milestone episode of the Empowered Explant podcast—Episode 50! In honor of Women’s Health Awareness Month, we're diving deep into an issue close to our hearts (pun intended) and our health: the risks and complications associated with breast implants.

  • FDA Insights: Sharing the FDA’s recommended boxed warning and key statistics from the patient decision checklist—information I wish I k...
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Text me, breastie!

Welcome breastie! Empowered Explant is back for a juicy season 3 of talking all things breast implant illness, explant surgery, healing, body image, detox, women’s health, confidence, and transformation!

No matter where you are on your explant journey, you’re in the right place.

Hit subscribe so you don’t miss any episodes to come!

Links and resources:

  1. Free Explant Planning Checklis...
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A little holiday message and update! Wishing you all the most beautiful Christmas and holiday season, breastie! The podcast will be back with all new episodes in 2024! Until then, join the Empowered Explant facebook group and reach out to me on the links below:

Links and resources:

  1. Empowered Explant Website Resources
    www.empoweredexplant.com/resources

  2. DM me on Instagram: @darnahmercieca
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This powerful practice of QiGong can help you heal physically and emotionally, detoxify your body, and support your health both before and after your explant surgery.  Chris and Parisa Shelton are QiGong and Chinese Medicine practitioners, co-founders of the Morning Crane Healing Arts Center, qigongteachertraining.com, and The Qi Club. Collectively they have 50 years of experience helping thousands of people aroun...

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Gratitude is my favorite upper! It raises your entire frequency and has the power to change so much in your life. 

Really, studies show it can improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

A daily gratitude practice is a must on your explant journey!

Start by writing 3 things you are grateful for each day, either in the morning or at night, whichever works best for you. Be consi...

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There are so many questions…

How long will recovery take?
What are my limitations?
Will I need someone to look after me?
When can I go back to work?
When can I exercise again?
How much pain will I feel?
How long do the drains stay in?

In this episode, I cover the top 10 things you can almost certainly expect and plan for during your explant surgery recovery.

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Listen to the full interview with my explant surgeon, Dr. Dev Vinhakar, recorded live on my 2-year explantiversary and the Empowered Explant podcast’s 1st birthday - 11/11!

He answers so many important questions, including:

  • What determines whether someone needs a lift or not?
  • Is fat transfer a safe alternative for more volume?
  • Does a breast lift affect nipple sensitivity?
  • How dangerous is breast implant r...
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November 8, 2023 13 mins

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In this episode I answer one of the top questions asked by women removing their breast implants – When should I start detoxing?

I break my recommended detoxification process down into 4 phases and give you the general recommended timelines for each, although it’s important to keep in mind that this is an individualized journey and I recommend you get advice from your healthcare provider, surgeon, and most important...

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It's my 2 year explant anniversary PLUS the Empowered Explant podcast's 1 year birthday! This calls for an 11/11 celebration with my breasties!

Join us for the Empowered Explant Podcast 1st Birthday celebration!  This online event will feature a live recording with our special guest, explant surgeon, Dr. Dev Vibhakar! Get ready to dive into insightful conversations about breast implant illness and explant...

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October 24, 2023 22 mins

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Being faced with removing your breast implants can come with whole lot of anger, resentment, shame, and regret. I believe forgiving yourself is one of the most crucial first steps in emotional healing. In this episode, I fully open up to what this has looked like for me, and the 5 steps I keep coming back to for relief and letting go of resentment towards myself and my choices.

I truly believe this can he...

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Breast surgery comes with the risk of infection, whether you are explanting, implanting, having breast cancer removed, or reconstructing. In this episode, I speak with Lisa Crites, breast cancer survivor and inventor of The Shower Shirt – which helps women keep their chests protected after surgery. 

Links and resources:

Buy The Shower Shirt and use code PPINC for 20% off:
www.theshowershirt.com

Check o...

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October 10, 2023 27 mins

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There are lots of to-do’s leading up to removing your breast implants, but don’t forget about the things that should be avoided! Here are all the things I recommend staying away from leading up to your explant surgery. 

Links and resources:

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If you’ve recently decided you want to remove your breast implants, it can be super overwhelming figuring out where to start. So in this episode, I walk you through the step-by-steps so that you can embark on your explant journey without the stress!

Links and resources:

  1. Empowered Explant website Resources page:
    www.empoweredexplant.com/resources

  2. Download the Free 33-Step Explant Planning ...
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Feeling fear before and after removing your breast implants is normal, but when that fear gets out of hand, it can become debilitating and detrimental to your health and healing.

In this episode, I share what these fears are and my favorite ways to overcome them.

Here’s the quote from the end of the episode:
“Bless you for your fear for it is a sign of wisdom. Do not hold yourself in fear. Tr...

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September 22, 2023 2 mins

Text me, breastie!

Hello, Breasties! Empowered Explant is back for its second season of supporting women around the world on their explant journeys.

In the coming weekly episodes, we’re taking a deeper dive into preparing for surgery, recovery, healing, detox, exercise, and nutrition, as well as addressing fears and anxiety PLUS we’re going to have some amazing expert and breastie interviews!

You won’t want to miss...

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Wish you could find all the answers you need in one place? I did too. Here’s a list of resources that are really helpful whether you are in the early planning stages, you’re about to have your surgery and go through recovery, or you are healing and focusing on your health and confidence after explanting.

Empowered Explant is a podcast, a community, and a resource website where you can find trusted informa...

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The answers you're looking for could be a DNA test away! I’m talking genetics with Kashif Khan, the founder of The DNA company, who knows a ton about breast implant illness and shares with us:

  • How your DNA can tell you if you are at higher risk of your body reacting negatively to breast implants.

  • How genetics can help in managing the symptoms of BII.

  • How this information help improve or s...
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