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Denise Richards On Body Image And Breast Implant Regrets

First Posted: 10/25/11 03:05 PM ET   Updated: 10/25/11 03:11 PM ET

As the mother of three little girls under the age of 8, actress Denise Richards confesses that she often feels like a hypocrite when trying to teach them to have a healthy body image.

The 40-year-old actress writes on iVillage that while looks and weight do matter in Hollywood, she's careful when she approaches those subjects with her daughters. She writes:

"When I exercise I never say I work out to stay thin -- I always use the words healthy and strong. I don't obsess about wearing makeup when I leave the house or looking a certain way. I often look frumpy in paparazzi shots because I may just throw myself together going to the park and soccer games."

The "The Starship Troopers" actress writes that she's often asked about her thoughts on plastic surgery, and believes that it's all about whatever makes a person feel good about themselves. While she went under the knife as a teen to enlarge her breasts, Richards says that's now something she regrets:

"At 19 when I first got my breasts done, I wish that I was confident enough with my body to not have had surgery. That is something that I really want to encourage in my daughters, to embrace their healthy body and have confidence. I actually feel more confident in my skin now than in my 20's. Being confident is one of the sexiest qualities a woman can exude."

It's not the first time Richards has talked about these regrets. This past summer she told Us Weekly, "When I was 19, a doctor put in bigger implants than what I asked for. I was in such a hurry to get them that I didn't research my doctor," Richards told the magazine. "I just thought because they're a plastic surgeon, they must be good. You have to be your advocate for your own body and ask 100 questions."

Richards is far from the only celebrity who has been candid about their plastic surgery regrets. Last month, 24-year-old "Glee" star Heather Morris told Fitness Magazine, "Implants were something I thought I wanted when I was younger, and now I don't. It was hard being active with them, because my chest was always sore. It hurt a lot, and I didn't like always being in pain, so they had to go!"

Likewise, actress Tori Spelling told "Good Morning America" this summer that getting breast implants is one of her biggest regrets.

"Well I got my boobs done in my early 20's and if I had known it would or could possibly have impacted production of milk I would never had had them done. I love being a mom. I am on my third baby," said Spelling. "We want to have more."

Here are some other celebs who have regretted going under the knife:

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  • Sharon Osbourne

    "I wish I'd never had my breasts done the last time," she told New Magazine. "They've put these bloody great bags in that are too f***ing round--it's like a water bed on your chest."

  • Denise Richards

    "When I was 19, a doctor put in bigger implants than what I asked for. I was in such a hurry to get them that I didn't research my doctor," Richards told Us Weekly. "I just thought because they're a plastic surgeon, they must be good. You have to be your advocate for your own body and ask 100 questions." Later Richards wrote: "At 19 when I first got my breasts done, I wish that I was confident enough with my body to not have had surgery. That is something that I really want to encourage in my daughters, to embrace their healthy body and have confidence. I actually feel more confident in my skin now than in my 20's. Being confident is one of the sexiest qualities a woman can exude."

  • Jenny McCarthy

    "Me and my friends found a doctor in Arizona that cost about $1,500 to get our boobs done--because they didn't use anesthesia and I didn't know it," McCarthy told WENN. In a later interview with Us Weekly, the former playmate said she was "too young" when she got her implants at 19.

  • Victoria Beckham

    In an interview with British Vogue, Victoria was asked about the absence of her "torpedo bazookas", to which the former Spice Girl reportedly replied, "gone".

  • Kimberly Stewart

    In an interview with Now Magazine, Kimberly states her famous father was supportive of his daughter when she had the implants put in at 18, and even more supportive when she decided to get rid of them. She recalls, "He's very supportive of whatever I do. He was just like, 'If you don't feel comfortable, if you don't feel safe, just get them removed.'"

  • Kourtney Kardashian

    When she was 22, she got surgery to go from a B-cup to a C-cup. "It was so dumb... I just got the idea in my head one day, and that was that. There was no talking me out of it," said Kardashian in an interview with Us Weekly.

  • Danielle Staub

    Last year, Staub had another surgery to correct a botched boob job she got done when she was younger. "She was very upset with her breasts," her doctor, Michael Fiorillo told, Us Weekly. "Scar tissue formed around the breast implant and that makes the implants hard, cold and deformed...the right one was almost up by her neck!"

  • Kim Zolciak

    Kim got her breast implants at age 20. Looking at pictures of herself on vacation in Miami last year, Zolciak couldn't believe what she saw. "My boobs looked crazy and saggy," she revealed to In Touch.

  • Heidi Montag

    The Hills star -- now a size "E or F" depending on the bra had a staggering 10 procedures done in one day. "I'm obsessed with fitness but it's impossible to work out with these boobs," Montag told Life and Style Magazine. "It's heartbreaking. I can't live an everyday life."

  • Jenna Jameson

    "When I had implants, I felt uncomfortable," the former porn star told Us Weekly. "I would be shy at the beach. I know it sounds funny, but I'd wear high-necked clothes, unless I was at an adult-film convention. So I thought, 'why don't I be who I am and get my real ones back?'"

  • Tara Reid

    "I was a 34B, but the right one was always bigger than the left," she told Us Weekly. "He gave me Cs, and I didn't want them. At all."

  • Tori Spelling

    "Well, I got my boobs done in my early 20s," Spelling told Good Morning America. "If I had known that it would or could possibly impact production of milk, I wouldn't have had them. I love being a mom. I am on my third baby. We want to have more. That's my role... these don't matter."

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