By now, it’s basically common knowledge that many celebrities go under the knife and needle. But while having work done isn’t necessarily a rarity anymore, talking about it somehow still remains fairly taboo. However, several celebrity moms who’ve had plastic surgery have addressed their decision in recent years — and, in the process, are helping to break down the stigma surrounding cosmetic procedures. Because, really, what someone decides to do with their body is their choice, right?
Not to mention, women shouldn’t feel ashamed about embracing their personal agency, especially when it helps empower and uplift them. What’s so wonderful about these celebrity moms telling their plastic surgery stories is that they highlight the realities of choosing to alter your body in this way (both positive and the negative outcomes), which will help other women make their own informed decisions. Chrissy Teigen has been candid about her decision to have her breast implants removed. Jessica Simpson speaks frankly in her memoir about going for a tummy tuck after having three children because her stretch marks and loose skin made her feel self-conscious. Heidi Montag has cautioned fans against having 10 procedures in one day like she did.
It all comes down to choice and, in that sense, we’re partial to Cardi B’s take on the topic: “Listen, I do whatever the f*** I want to do with my body.” Speak on it, Mama! So, whether you’re considering having a little nip and tuck or you’re just curious, keep reading to discover which Hollywood moms have copped to having work done.
A version of this article was previously published in July 2020.
In a recent interview with Homme Girls, mom of two Kylie Jenner opened up about the misconceptions people have about her when it comes to plastic surgery. “I think a big misconception about me is that I’ve had so much surgery on my face and that I was some insecure person, and I really wasn’t!” the reality star said. “Yeah, I love full lips and wanted full lips, but growing up I was always the most confident person in the room. I was the girl performing for everyone. I had my one lip insecurity thing, so I got lip filler, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. I don’t regret it. But I always thought I was cute.”
While talking to Women’s Health on March 6, actress Hayden Panettiere opened up about having a breast reduction in November of 2022. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with somebody who wants to tweak something if it makes them feel more confident,” she said. “That’s all I have to say about it. My confidence is back.”
Plastic surgery speculation has long followed Khloe Kardashian. But she was completely unashamed and unafraid to share what type of plast surgery she’d explored. “Everyone says, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s had her third face transplant.’ But I’ve had one nose job, [with] Dr. Raj Kanodia,” Kardashian shared during the Keeping Up With The Kardashians reunion special. Kardashian also admitted to having injections, but said she “responded horribly to Botox.”
Dr. Wendy Osefo
The Real Housewives of Potomac‘s Dr. Wendy Osefo was so pleased with her decision to go under the knife for a breast augmentation. I breastfed all three of my children for over a year and that takes a toll on your body, so this is one of the first things I’ve ever done for myself,” she shared during the season 6 premiere, per Bravo TV.
“Being a professor and being a commentator, you are supposed to fit into a certain box, and I’ve always felt like I’m trapped. But now, I get to be my authentic self. I’m loving it.”
Kyle Richards was totally comfortable coming clean on her plastic surgery procedure back in November 2020. “Since so many of you were speculating what I did or did not do to my face … here is your answer. I fixed my nose,” she said on her Instagram Stories, per Page Six.
“I broke it last September and the bone poking out bothered me. So I fixed the bone, fixed my breathing problems and refined the top,” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star wrote, adding, “I will always tell you guys the truth.”
Teresa Giudice has pretty much always been an open book, and in January she opened up about her breast augmentation. I believe it’s important to always stand strong and feel like your best most confident self. 10 Years after my first Breast Augmentation I decided to have my breasts re-done,” she began her January 2020 Instagram post, adding that she “could not be happier with the results.”
In 2020, Jessica Simpson admitted that she’d had two tummy tuck procedures after having her kids.
“I wanted to get rid of the stretch marks and loose skin left sagging from my back-to-back pregnancies,” Simpson revealed in her memoir Open Book.
“I was so ashamed of my body at this point that I wouldn’t let Eric see me without a white T-shirt on.”
Chrissy Teigen finally removed her breast implants in 2020, telling Glamour UK that the purpose they’d served while she was modeling no longer applied.
“I did my boobs when I was about 20 years old. It was more of a swimsuit thing. I thought, if I’m going to be posing, laid on my back, I want them to be perky! But then you have babies and they fill up with milk and deflate and now I am screwed.”
In May 2010, Kourtney Kardashian made it clear that, yes, she’s gotten breast implants. And she doesn’t care who knows it.
“I have had breast implants, but it’s so funny ’cause it’s not a secret, I could care less,” Kardashian told Nightline.
Angelina Jolie’s journey to plastic surgery was a little more unusual — after her preventative double mastectomy, she got her breasts reconstructed with the help of implants.
“Nine weeks later, the final surgery is completed with the reconstruction of the breasts with an implant,” she wrote in the New York Times. “There have been many advances in this procedure in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful.”
“I wanted to get breast implants when I was 18, but my mom and Beyoncé’s mom told me to really think about it first,” Kelly Rowland told Shape in 2013.
“I took their advice and waited 10 years,” Rowland continued.
And in her book Whoa Baby, the mom wrote she’d be open to getting another boob job after having more kids.
If you watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you’ll know that Kris Jenner got a facelift back in 2011, just before daughter Kim’s wedding.
Tyra Banks admitted to People in 2018 that she’d had a nose job: “I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching…I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”
New mom Iggy Azalea confirmed to Seventeen that she’d gotten both a nose job and breast augmentations.
“I’m not denying it. Denying it is lame. I don’t think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself, which is why I’ve spoken about the changes I’ve made, like with my breasts.”
Victoria Beckham told Vogue she regretted her decision to get breast implants, writing, “And I should probably say, don’t mess with your boobs. All those years I denied it — stupid. A sign of insecurity. Just celebrate what you’ve got.”
In 2010, Jane Fonda wrote about why she was candid about her plastic surgery on her blog: “Bob Evans complimented me on my new, short haircut, and I said: ‘Thanks. I just had some ‘work’ done on my chin and neck and had the bags taken away from under my eyes so I decided it would be good to get a new hair cut so people will think it’s my new hair.’”
Yes, Cardi B has had plastic surgery, and she’s definitely not here for your opinion. “Listen, I do whatever the f**k I want to do with my body,” she said on an Instagram Live. “Let me tell you something, b*tch. I don’t have the time of day like you do. Like, my job as an entertainer is a 24-hour job, bro. So no, I don’t have time to work out and I wanted specific things that I know that no matter how much I work out…Like my boobs, no matter how much I work out, they were not gonna lift themselves. So yeah, I had to get f**king surgery.”
Sharon Osbourne’s memoir Unbreakable details a face lift, neck lift, vaginal rejuvenation, and more.
“There’s not much I haven’t had tweaked, stretched, peeled, lasered, veneered, enhanced or removed altogether,” she wrote.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis may be a plastic surgery pro, but that doesn’t mean she’s a fan: “I’ve done it all. I’ve had a little plastic surgery. I’ve had a little lipo,” she told The Telegraph.
“I’ve had a little Botox. And you know what? None of it works. None of it.”
Heidi Montag famously underwent 10 procedures in one day in 2010 while on The Hills, including a brow lift, nasal reconstruction, butt lift, breast augmentation, liposuction, and more. By 2013, Montag admitted she may have gone overboard.
“It just sounds so minor when you have a surgeon describing so much of it to you, like, ‘OK, great, a little of this, a little of that,’” she told Us Weekly.
“You’re not told the recovery time and the mental strain that it will put on you, and the long term.”
NeNe Leakes told People in 2010 that she’d had a nose job, liposuction, and breast implants, explaining: “I still wanted to look like NeNe, the black woman that I am, but a better version.”
“Yeah I got my nose fixed,” Love told Jimmy Kimmel on his show in 2014. “In six months, the whole world changed.”
Patricia Heaton has been totally upfront about her plastic surgery, telling People: “It’s better to be honest if you can. There is a lot in Hollywood that is not as it seems. I had four C-sections and my stomach looked like the map of the world. My breasts were hanging down to here from breastfeeding those babies, and my nipples were like platters. I wanted to fit into the gowns that I finally got to wear.”
“When I was 30, I was getting a divorce, I had just finished House Bunny and I’d sold another movie,” Anna Farris told Women’s Health.
“All of these new things were happening to me, so I got my breasts done, [and] it was f*cking awesome.”
“I always thought plastic surgery was caving in to ‘the man,’ you know? But it came down to a really simple thing: I wanted to fill out a bikini,” she continued.
“I think that people should be able to do whatever they want.”
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