Bristol Palin is getting real about the ‘botched’ breast reduction operation that changed her life and how it led to nine reconstruction surgeries in an effort to fix the damage.
Wednesday the Teen Mom: OG The alum, 32, took to her Instagram Story to share a post-op mirror selfie in which she wore a compression bra with surgical drains attached from her most recent reconstruction.
The recent procedure, she explained, was her latest attempt to correct the reduction surgery she had as a 19-year-old.
“”Sharing goaaaa [too much information] right now, but I had my ninth breast reconstruction surgery last night – yes, NONO. It all stems from a botched breast reduction I had when I was 19 [years old],” the mom of three wrote over the photo.
“I’ve had previous surgeries trying to fix the initial muscle tissue damage and terrible fear,” she added. “The whole situation has honestly made me very self-aware my entire adult life.”
“I pray this is the last surgery needed. I hate to be a crybaby, but it kind of puts a setback/pause in life and that’s why I’ve been quite MIA,” she noted. “Doing my best to stay positive, exalt myself, and remind myself that I have so much to be thankful for. I’m healthy, fully capable, and that’s just an inconvenience because things could always be worse.”
Palin — who shares daughter Atlee, 5, and son Sailor, 7, with ex-husband Dakota Meyer, as well as son, Tripp, 14, with ex-husband Levi Johnston — is no stranger to opening up on social media on his body picture from previous surgeries.
In March 2021, the dancing with the Stars alum showed off his fit stomach in a short Instagram video. When she zoomed in closer, Bristol revealed a scar from a tummy tuck surgery she underwent in 2018.
“Let’s pause for a second,” Palin, the daughter of 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, wrote in the video. “I post what I want you all to see. From decent angles and not from insecurities/scars (visible or not).”
“Here’s something I don’t agree with,” he continued, pulling down his shorts to reveal a scar along his hip bone. “The scar from the tummy tuck I had years ago.”
“‘Comparison can be the thief of all joy’ — don’t let this place make you compare your worth and steal your joy,” she wrote, before posting an excerpt of the Bible verse Psalm 143:8.
As noted by E! News, Palin had the tummy tuck procedure performed by a Corpus Christi, Texas-based surgeon who he describes as “incredible.”
“I don’t regret it”, the Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far the author allegedly said in a now-expired Instagram story. “But the recovery was, (hands down) the worst pain of my entire life.”
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