Sharon Osbourne says her mastectomy and her son's multiple sclerosis diagnosis made her vow never to have plastic surgery again.
The 60-year-old wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne has had a well-documented fascination with going under the surgeon's knife. Sharon has had facelifts, neck, arm and leg lifts, breast augmentation and tummy tucks over the years. However, undergoing a mastectomy and seeing her son battle multiple sclerosis has transformed her outlook.
“There's not much I haven’t had tweaked, stretched, peeled, lasered, veneered, enhanced or removed altogether... But I won’t be having any more cosmetic procedures," she revealed in her new book Unbreakable. “There are two main reasons. My family - and Ozzy especially - are terrified about me going under a general anaesthetic unless I absolutely have to.
“Second, my cancer, mastectomy and - more importantly - Jack’s illness when he was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis put everything into perspective for me. When you witness your own or your child’s body having to fight a genuine threat, choosing to put it through the mill for the purposes of vanity seems beyond idiotic."
Sharon admits becoming obsessed with physical "perfection", before realising it could never be achieved. The reality TV star has struggled with her appearance for most of her life.
“I had never looked in the mirror and liked what I saw," she confessed. “In my mind I had always been fat, hairy, with little legs and disproportionately large t*ts. Nothing I could ever do to my body would change that - but boy, did I try."
Sharon has also experimented with Botox and fillers, before deciding she looked "very plastic" and like she was "wearing a mask".
The outspoken star was undergoing treatments even before she married Ozzy, claiming she was a cosmetic surgeon's "perfect customer".
Despite ruling out any further operations, Sharon would support her daughters Kelly and Aimee if they wanted to change something about themselves.
“I had what I called National Geographic t*ts - very pendulous. I first had them reduced and lifted in 1978," she said. “If you hate your nose or ears and they make you feel self-conscious, then having them tweaked or pinned back will probably change your life, I get that. If either of my daughters felt that way, I’d say: 'Go right ahead.'
“Similarly, I know what it’s like to hate your t*ts. If you’re a young woman and you genuinely feel embarrassed taking your top off, then who am I to say you shouldn’t do something about it?"
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