When social media influencer Emily Nolan was in her 20s, she got breast implants to impress her then-boyfriend. Now, eight years later, she’s opening up about getting the implants removed and reclaiming her body.
“Two years ago I had a breast #explant, which means I had my breast implants removed. I had them removed because a narcissistic boyfriend in my early and impressionable 20s told me ‘real women have boobs’,” she wrote.
“I carried the weight of his worthless opinion of my body around for eight years on my chest. It was heavy.”
Knowing blood clotting was a risk with having her breast implants removed, Nolan was most concerned with another associated risk: damage that wouldn’t allow her future son to breastfeed.
“The second risk I faced was having damage during the removal (and scraping) to my breasts that would prevent me from being able to breastfeed. For the curious women who are considering getting an #explant possibly before baby, I am able to breast feed. In fact, I’m a milk factory,” she wrote.
“I’m really grateful that I made the brave decision to return to my body, and I’m fortunate that I didn’t have any dangerous hiccups along the way,” she continued.
“If you’re considering a #breastexplant, it can be a dangerous procedure but the end result was so worth it (to me). I can run in one sport bra without my shoulders killing me. I can feed my child with ease. And most importantly, I can radically accept myself for who I am and what I look like in my natural Earth Suit.”
Body positivity is a common topic on the Florida mom’s Instagram page. She frequently touches on self love, and criticizes social media’s affinity for comparing women’s bodies to Instagram models.
“When I lost a lot of weight (and ended up losing my period, which I never publicly shared until I knew it wasn’t healthy) I shared my weight loss all over social media,” she wrote.
“I was proud that I had worked my butt off for my thin body while marathon training and under-eating (I developed an energy deficiency called Red-S), and my thinness made me feel validated… Hindsight being 20/20, I see where I could have done better. For myself and for all of the women and girls that I ‘influence’ and that read my blog. I could have used those social media and blog posts about my weight loss journey and instead, focused on my incredible hero’s journey of reclaiming my natural body after my breast #explant surgery.”
“I’m really proud of the decision I made to return to my natural body. I’m beautiful, just the way I am.”