EXPLANT. I think it is fair to say it’s ‘trending’ right now & with good reason! It moves us as women in the right direction as far as women’s health & body image. What needs to be said is: EXPLANTING after breast reconstructive surgery is very different than EXPLANTING after breast augmentation. Just as breast reconstruction is a completely different surgery, process and goal than breast augmentation. A breast cancer patients choice upon explant is going flat, diep flap/tram flap or (in some cases), fat grafting using reverse tissue expansion – should you find a plastic surgeon who is willing to perform this. These are involved, lengthy surgeries that have elevated risk and long recovery. For SURVIVORS, it’s not a matter of going ‘au natural’ with our given smaller breasts – those are GONE. For me personally EXPLANTING would mean: removing my nipples, removal of excess skin, muscle, removing the en bloc and then going flat. Emotionally, I would be willing to wager this will be as traumatic as my initial mastectomy. It’s mentally and physically re-opening old wounds that I thought had healed & trying to wrap my head around losing my breasts for a 2nd time, paired with another surgery and lengthy recovery is quite honestly a mind [email protected] It means emotionally adapting to being completely flat/concave and knowing this is the final decision. After recovering from breast cancer over the last 2.5 years it is a lot. It is an extremely emotional decision and one I’m just not YET mentally prepared to commit 110% - even though I know it is the end game. I am fortunate in that my breast implants illness symptoms are not as severe as some women that I’ve met/spoken with but I’m not willing to play that wait & see game. My true belief is true healing can't happen having toxicity inside of me. At 35 years old these aren’t decisions anyone should have to make once let alone twice! So with that being said let me ask all the women out there who aren’t survivors - would you truly still explant if it meant you were going to be 100% flat and/or would require additional breast surgeries?