Denise Richards: Why I Regret My Boob Jobs

Celebrity Body Jul. 28, 2011 AT 10:56AM
Denise Richards: Why I Regret My Boob Jobs Credit: Albert Michael/startraksphoto.com Denise Richards: Why I Regret My Boob Jobs

Denise Richards hasn't always been happy with her body. In the new issue of Us Weekly (out now), the 40-year-old actress opens up about her series of botched boob jobs -- and why she decided to show them off in Playboy.

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"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 says. "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."

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When she met with another surgeon to have them corrected, the doctor gave her even larger implants. "I felt very vulnerable," she tells Us. "I was getting ready to film [1998's] 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."

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So why did the Real Girl Next Door author decide to doff her top for Playboy in 2004? "A couple reasons: I wanted to encourage women that it's OK to embrace your sexuality even though you're a mom," Richards explains. "At the same time, I was having some problems in my marriage [to Charlie Sheen] and I didn't feel sexy and felt I had to prove something."

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The Blue Mountain State actress -- who recently adopted 6-week-old daughter Eloise Joni -- adds that she's happy with her current breast size.

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

For more revelations from Richards -- including her tumultuous relationship with Sheen, her mother's battle with cancer, her decision to adopt, and much, much more -- pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, out now!

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