Nice to “meet you!”
Nice to “meet you!”
As a scientist turned therapist, and someone who’s “been there, done that” with breast implants and explant, I provide science-based resources and compassionate support for women just like you.
When I removed my breast implants in 2018, I wanted to fully heal from the inside out…
Maybe that’s how you’re feeling right now.
I spent many years of my life buying into the myth that I could change how I felt on the inside by “fixing” me on the outside. I marveled at advice to “love myself” or “accept myself”. I genuinely had no idea how to do those things.
Truthfully, I was so confused about what it meant to live with self-acceptance, I feared it would lead to “letting myself go”.
Instead, I pursued perfectionism, people pleasing, and praise-seeking, not out of vanity, but to be sure of my belonging and to avoid painful judgment and disconnection from others.
Trying to navigate our beauty, body, and breast-obsessed society…
I was so aware of me on the outside, that I disconnected from me on the inside.
While earning a PhD in Genetics and working as a Public Health Scientist at the CDC, I became a mother. After pregnancy and breastfeeding, my breasts no longer looked like the “ideal” shape I saw everywhere around me. Despite having done well at their actual job, I somehow determined my breasts needed to be “fixed.”
Like many millions of women before me, I put breast implants in my body.
I enjoyed their appearance and initially had only minor problems that were easy to tolerate. I continued living from the outside in and downplayed their evolving impacts on my body and life.
Overtime, I knew I didn’t want to keep them for the rest of my life, but my tightly held beliefs around women, breasts, and belonging drove me to avoid “doing anything” about them.
My life changed a lot during my 12 years with breast implants.
The most helpful choice I made involved a career change.
Though I love science, I also longed to work directly with people. I gravitated toward evidence-based approaches for mindful self-acceptance and values-guided change, which led me to where I am today as an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) practitioner. In my private practice, I help women reclaim their minds and bodies from things that harm them and recover from childhood trauma, grief and loss, people-pleasing, empathy-entrapment, and self-acceptance deficits.
My clients learn how to practice true self-acceptance, reclaim their inner world, and move through life on their terms.
This purpose-giving work changed me from the inside out.
So, when I noticed a concerning shape change in one of my breasts in 2018, I was finally ready to liberate my body from my problematic breast implants. Using helpful online resources, I put together and executed an explant plan. Three months later, they were out.
While that sounds easy and straightforward, it absolutely was NOT. Because, although my body was eager to be implant-free, my mind was still being pushed around by its old, unhelpful beliefs about women, breasts & belonging.
But this time, I didn’t try ignoring, downplaying, distracting, or disconnecting from my inner struggle.
I used ACT’s proven-effective inner skills to find my way through it.
I mindfully moved through my explant journey, showing up for myself during even the most overwhelming moments. I reclaimed my body and mind from the social programming all around me.
I fully healed from the inside out.
Now my goal is to help other women find their way to true inner healing.
I’m not going to lie, like so many explant journeys, mine wasn’t easy.
It’s no small thing to remove breast implants in a culture that’s highly objectifying to women. But I’d do it again (and again) because I truly healed from the inside out.
If you got more than you bargained for with your breast implants, and eventually want or urgently need to remove them, or are adjusting to life after explant, I want to share with you the evidence-based inner skills that helped me find my way and have helped so many of my clients as well.
My goal is to help you heal from the inside out so you can live with true self-acceptance.
I know you can move through your journey with breast implants in a way that reclaims YOU! You can emerge stronger, wiser, and more radiant than ever before.
It would be my honor to show you how.
Amanda Savage Brown PhD LCSW is a scientist turned psychotherapist. She has over 25 years-experience working on women’s health issues at the molecular, population, and behavioral level. In her private practice, she uses the research-backed approaches from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help women reclaim their minds and bodies from things that harm them.
In 2018, Amanda’s personal life and professional expertise aligned while she moved through her explant journey, recovered from undiagnosed breast implant illness, and witnessed countless other women struggling with the deeply felt, yet poorly supported, psychosocial aspects of breast implants and their removal.
To address the unmet inner support needs for women whose lives are touched by breast implants or their removal, Amanda created Breast Implant Through Explant (BRITE™) Inner Healing. It provides a skills-based approach to overcome the difficult thoughts, painful feelings, and unhelpful beliefs that drive women to get breast implants and struggle with their removal. This approach provides the foundation of her forthcoming self-help book empowering women to overcome the mental and emotional difficulties with breast implant removal.