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.


June 7, 2023 80 mins

Okay this is a long episode, but it’s a must-listen, so hit pause if you need to but come back to it because this is a story you need to hear the ending of. Tiffany is an explant warrior, a superwoman mother and wife, a health coach - and just an amazing human all round.

We talk about:

  • Why she decided to explant
  • Pre-surgery stress and fears, and what helped her through
  • Her surgery experience and unexpected complication
  • Wha...
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Sharing a little behind the scenes of what's going on in my life right now. A little bump in the road, but the show must and will go on! #breastfriendsforever

P.s. 30 episodes today!! Woohoo!

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Feeling nervous about telling people about your explant surgery? Perhaps you don’t really want them to know you had breast implants, or you're worried about what they’ll think.

Listen to this episode, start to finish.

Links and resources:

Listen to Episode 12, Relationships, dating, and sex after explant with Stefanos Sifandos

Get more inf...

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Listen to the end for some fun announcements!! Mum and I share a special conversation on Mother’s Day to check in on how she’s feeling 5 months after having her breast implants removed. I know many of you have been following her journey and we so appreciate your love!

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mama breasties!

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Here are my top 11 must-haves on your shopping list for your surgery. I’ve listed them all below, but be sure to listen to the full episode because I talk about why they are on my list, and share lots more insights!

Links and resources:

Get my full printable shopping list linked in my 33 Step Explant Planning Checklist!
Download it here > checklist.empoweredexplant.com

My top 11 must-haves...

  1. Ar...
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Could your breast implants be the cause of your health concerns?

There are a ton of women out there with breast implants who aren’t feeling their best, or are struggling with health concerns, and have absolutely no idea that their breast implants could be contributing to the issue, or are the root cause.

In this episode I share with you the top signs and symptoms that could be breast implant illness related, and ...

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April 25, 2023 24 mins

Here’s something you can do in 10 minutes a day (for free) to help you prepare for surgery, reduce anxiety, and heal! It really works!

Creative visualization is a tool that I used before and after my explant surgery, and I still use almost every day in my life

Hit play to learn:

  • What creative visualization is.
  • What it can help with.
  • How it works.
  • And how you can do it in 5 simple steps!

Links and resources:

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Curious about how red light therapy and infrared sauna can support your healing before and after explant?

In this episode I interview Brian Richards, the Founder and CEO of Sauna Space, at the Biohacking Congress in Austin to dive into the benefits– and there are many!

We discuss how infrared saunas can:

  • Help in managing the symptoms of illness
  • Be helpful in preparing the body for surgery
  • Speed up and improve sur...
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April 11, 2023 14 mins

An unplanned, unscripted, imperfect episode. I’m showing up because be damned if I’m gonna miss a Tuesday with my breasties! Love you all! xx

Links and resources:

Email me at darnah@empoweredexplant.com and slide into my DM @darnahmercieca

BII Symptoms Tracker

Explant Planning Checklist

Healing Smoothies Guide

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What words are you choosing when you talk about yourself, your boobs, and your surgery?

Research has shown that people who down-talk themselves often experience higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. But most of the time we don’t even realize how what we’re saying is affecting us.

In this episode I’ll guide you on how to become mindful of your words, determine if the words you’re using are harmful to yo...

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Want to know what you need to do so your body can detox effectively after explant surgery? Start here.

I’m joined by Lahana Vigliano, Clinical Nutritionist and Founder of Nuvitru Wellness, who specializes in Helping Women Balance Hormones + Restore Gut Health, which are both hugely affected by the stress and toxicity of breast implants.

We talk about:

  • Why BII symptoms don’t always clear up immediately after explanting.
  • Th...
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Learn about the healing power that’s available inside you! Increasing the number of circulating stem cells, supports the body's natural ability to repair after explant surgery, and improves the functioning of various organs, which we need for things like detoxing and rebalancing our hormones.

In this interview with Christian Drapeau, CEO and Founder of Kalyagen, we dive into the power of stem cells and how they play a...

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Are you looking for a surgeon to perform your breast implant removal? 

This video is for you! 

Here are the top 5 key qualities to look for to make sure you're in good hands with your explant surgery.

Links and resources:

Download the free Explant Surgery Planning Checklist:

Episode 13: The Different Types of Explant Surgery Procedures Explained

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Can you guess what testing was done on breast implants before they were greenlighted to be put in women's bodies?

It’s women’s history month, so I thought it would be fitting to take a deep dive into the history of breast implants, since these have had a tremendous impact on women over the years.

And if you’re not up to speed with the backstory on breast implants, get ready to be shocked at how these so-calle...

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My mama (and breast friend) joins me to talk about the differences between our explant surgeries and healing - same procedure, different surgeons. This conversation really highlights how unique this journey is for everyone. And we finish with what we did the same to prepare and recover strong!

Links and resources:

Download my 33 step explant surgery planning checklist


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February 21, 2023 16 mins

I always get asked if I got a breast lift or not, and why I made the choice I did. Let me tell you, my choice wasn’t easy, but it was clear. I’m sharing with you the reasons I chose not to get a lift, and how I feel about that decision now, 15 months later… honestly.

Links and resources:

If you’re feeling unclear or have questions (or this episode helped you!) email me at darnah@empoweredexplant.com


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February 14, 2023 23 mins

My Galentine’s Day gift to you is a 14 minute self-love meditation that gives you a reason to take a pause for yourself today! Find a little space for yourself, maybe set the mood with some candlelight, and join me on a journey of cultivating loving awareness and acceptance of self, exactly where you are in this moment.

Happy Valentine’s Day beautiful breastie!

Links and resources:

Download the Self Love...

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February 7, 2023
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EPISODE 14: The power of a sexy bra - with Meg Smith of Love, Lexxi

What makes you feel like a sexy queen? To celebrate the month of love,  I'm sharing this deeply vulnerable and honest conversation with Meg Smith, the incredible founder and badass boss lady behind Love, Lexxi – a brand of beautifully designed bras that Meg created after going through her own explant journey. She ...

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January 31, 2023
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EPISODE 13: The different types of explant surgery procedures explained!

Wondering which type of explant surgery is right for you? It can feel confusing trying to understand the different types of surgical procedures and what they all mean!

In this episode, I break down (in easy-to-understand language):

  1. The three types of explant surgery procedures
  2. Who they may, or may not, be suitable for
  3. What’...
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January 23, 2023
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EPISODE 12: Relationships, dating, and sex after explant with Stefanos Sifandos

Are you worried that your husband/boyfriend/partner won't find you attractive without your breast implants? Are you feeling nervous about dating after explant surgery? Do you feel insecure getting topless in the bedroom?

Believe me breastie, you are not alone.

I'm joine...

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