Denise Richards' Boob Job Trilogy: An Epic Tale of Ups and Downs

Princess 19 on 29 Jul 2011 at 9:00am

Denise Richards is everywhere this week hawking her new book, The Real Girl Next Door, regarding life, career and of course, her relationship with Charlie Sheen.  In it, she also chronicles her fluctuating relationship with her breast implants. 

Denise openly admits she failed to do adhere to a top RealSelf rule regarding cosmetic surgery, "Do your research."  In a hasty attempt to undo her "unendowment" at 19, Denise had boob job #1.

"When I was 19, a doctor put in bigger implants than what I'd asked for, she told Us Weekly.  "I was in such a hurry to get them that I didn't research my doctor."

Oh, that sounds bad.  But, lesson not learned. 

It 1998, she received boob job #2.  An unnamed doc gave her an unwanted size D cup right before she started shooting her infamous movie, Wild Things.  One could argue that what the doctor did might have helped her career at the time (though many men would say it was the Neve Campbell action).  She apparently wanted to take legal action against this doctor, but did not.

"I felt very vulnerable," said Denise.  "I was getting ready to film Wild Things and I didn't want to get into a lawsuit with some plastic surgeon.

"It wasn't right what the doctor did, but it is what it is."

Denise Richards after 3 boob jobs

Breast implants before and afterShe finally corrected that mistake sometime after (she does not say when) and is FINALLY pleased with the results with boob job #3.

"This is the size I wanted them to look at 19," she laments.  "There is a long investment with breast implants.  They are not going to last a lifetime and things can go wrong. I'm happy with them now, but that could change." 

Denise has taken all the ups and down (no pun intended...) in stride.  As she told E!, "Hasn't half of Los Angeles had their boobs done?

"I never thought it would be such a big deal."

It took 20 years she finally got the breasts she wanted.  At least for her, third time's a charm!

Photo credit:  Columbia Pictures and flickr By ashokha

Comments (4)

As a doctor who performs procedures that many women prefer to keep a secret, I know this won't work for everyone... but, I'm going to say this anyway: For a big procedure like this, consider taking a trusted confidant to your consultation. Have someone with you to help you listen, to think of questions that you may not, to perhaps be less emotional. Be sure that you get a written estimate that includes all details, such as the agreed-upon cup size and all specifics.

If you have questions, ASK. No reputable surgeon will be bothered by this...if they are unwilling or unable to answer your questions, find a new doctor. Do not be tempted by discounted rates. Work with someone you know and trust or someone with solid recommendations who is willing to address any concerns you might have.

Cosmetic or otherwise, all surgery is serious. Don't take it lightly.

Just for the record, I am not a plastic surgeon and I do not perform breast augmentation. I did successfully complete a plastic and reconstructive surgery research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, and have always had an interest in cosmetic procedures. As a physician, I have never had a problem answering questions.

I think it's fair to expect honesty and openness from your physician. But as a patient, you must also take responsibility for your decisions. Do your research, ask questions. Don't enter into a surgical decision lightly.

~ Dr. Andy

Great advice, Dr. C!

Considering how women tend to need a friend's advice on what clothes or makeup to buy, why wouldn't we want their advice on new boobs? Makes sense to me. I'm guessing you'd be so excited/nervous/embarrassed (at having someone examine your chest) that it's hard to process everything the doctor tells you.


 I wish that DM article had explained more why she went in for surgery #2, if they were too big the first time around... two big twice?? You would think she learned the first time...

That being said, who knows how her career would've panned out without that famous cleavage... It's not like she's the best actress out there :/

I deducted from the comments - as well as the photo from this year (the second pic in the story) that both previous surgeries gave her breasts that were too big.  She certainly is within a "less obvious" range now. I can't imagine waking up, looking down and thinking, "Um, this is NOT what I paid for....."