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Jessie James Decker "treated" herself to a set of breast implants that made her "a brand-new woman."
This week, the 33-year-old country singer and wife of former NFL player Eric Decker, showed off the results of her surgery in a new Instagram photo, modeling a blue bikini from her Kittenish clothing line. "I treated myself... to new boobies!" she wrote on Instagram. "After deciding we were done having babies I was finally ready to go big or go home ha! I had breast reduction and lift a couple years ago when they were hanging down to my belly button but with having such elastic skin and not being happy with the size I decided to do it. They were so big and perky before children and I wanted them back ... plus some."
Jessie, who shares daughter Vivianne, 7, Eric, 5, and Forrest, 3, with Eric, added, "I feel great. I’m super happy with them and felt like a brand new woman when I was trying on our new Kittenish swim and loving the way they finally filled out the tops like I wanted. It’s not for everybody but it was certainly for me! I always say, you do you and do what makes you feel confident and sexy."
Last year, Jessie opened up about her body in an Instagram post, alongside a photo in which she pinched the flesh on her stomach. "I'll be honest I still get insecure when I put a swimsuit on sometimes because of how much loose skin I have from my pregnancies," she wrote. "I’ve had a few breast reduction surgeries and lifts to try to tighten up the skin on my breasts ( at one point the skin was so loose from growing to a size G from breastfeeding that I swear they could hit my belly button no joke ) but now I have been left with really intense scars all the way around my cleavage that I try to hide out of insecurity. It’s really wild after children how much my body changed."
Explaining that she craved support from moms, Jessie wrote, "…I know a lot of moms feel the same way…growing a baby is such a beautiful superpower and I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining one bit but I am a human being and sometimes the loose skin does make me a little insecure and make me wonder if I’m still sexy to Eric or if people are looking at my stomach when I’m in a bikini…"
Jessie's post follows celebrity moms who disclosed their own body enhancements. In February, Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy, 30, shared a topless Instagram photo, the result of breast augmentation. "After giving birth to an 10-pound baby eight years ago, I no longer felt confident in my own skin," she wrote.
"…Women should never be shamed for doing anything that makes themselves more confident or love themselves more. If it makes you feel better about yourself, do it!" Prior to her surgery, LeCroy wrote in her Instagram Stories, "I am going to try to keep the same size that I have right now, but just an implant, and once you have children, guys, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about — if you're a mom, you already do."
And in March, country singer-actress Jana Kramer, 37, disclosed her upcoming breast implant surgery. "…After having babies, I had a new set of insecurities with my body," she wrote on Instagram. "Things didn’t go back to normal, and I carry a lot of embarrassment when I’m undressed." Kramer and her former NFL husband Mike Caussin, who are divorcing, share daughter Jolie, 5, and son Jace, 2.
A spokesperson from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons tells Yahoo Life that it does not track the number of "mommy makeover" procedures, which the organization defines as "a specialized combination of body contouring procedures, performed together to improve the physical changes that linger long after pregnancy," due to their varied nature.
However, an April survey of 1,000 women conducted by the organization found that the pandemic drove interest in plastic surgery. Eleven percent of women are more interested in cosmetic plastic surgery or non-surgical procedures today compared to before the pandemic began, with 24 percent of women who have previously had work done, in agreement. An additional 35 percent who underwent surgery in the past, plan to pay "significantly" more or somewhat more on procedures in 2021, compared to last year. The findings also pinpointed a specific demand for facial work due to Zoom culture and named tummy tucks and liposuction top treatments in 2021 (among women who are mulling surgery in the near future) thanks to quarantine weight gain.
Bethany Marshall, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist, tells Yahoo Life that Jessie's reveal challenges antiquated societal views of women. "Posts like these integrate the idea that women can be maternal and sexy," she says, especially as the average human lifespan is longer than ever before and with celebrity moms like Paulina Porizkova and Jennifer Lopez leading the charge.
"It's healthy for mothers to see the physical work it often takes to look like a celebrity," notes Marshall. "She's being honest about this piece of motherhood so women don't buy into the fantasy of perfection."
Although some commenters tried to warn Jessie about the dangers of breast implant illness (physical or mental side effects that are associated with silicone or saline implants), most loved her frankness: "Thank you for managing realistic expectations for the women and young girls following you and being transparent," "We live once and it’s important to feel good in our own skin" and "I love when women are confident about being honest when they get something done."
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