Jessica Simpson’s plastic surgery nightmare: Singer admits she had a tummy tuck after second baby… but ended up hospitalized for NINE DAYS after contracting infection
Jessica Simpson has revealed she was hospitalized for nine days after contracting an infection following a tummy tuck.
The singer, 39, weighed 107 pounds in 2015 after giving birth to two children, but was deeply ashamed of her stretch marks and excess skin.
Jessica decided to undergo a partial tummy tuck, even though her doctor advised her against going under the knife.
In an excerpt of her upcoming memoir Open Book obtained by RadarOnline, Jessica recounted the horrible consequences of her surgery.
Consequences: Jessica Simpson has revealed she was secretly hospitalized for nine days after contracting an infection following a tummy tuck
At the time, Jessica had given birth to two children in 2012 and 2013, and was deeply unhappy with the way her body looked after her pregnancies.
‘The surgery wasn’t for weight loss. I weighed 107 pounds when I planned the surgery. I wanted to get rid of the stretch marks and loose skin left sagging from my back-to-back pregnancies,’ she wrote.
Her insecurities even interfered with her sex life.
The star refused to have sex with her husband Eric Johnson unless she was wearing a white T-shirt, and even showered with the garment on because she disliked looking at her body.
Jessica decided to undergo a partial tummy tuck as a 35th birthday gift to herself in 2015, but received a concerning phone call from her doctor while on a trip to Saint Barts.
Insecure: Jessica, pictured in 2015, was deeply unhappy with the way her body looked after giving birth to two children
Motherhood: Simpson gave birth to two children in the span of two years (pictured 2013)
Jessica’s doctor called her just two weeks away from her surgery date, and advised her not to go under the knife.
‘He was direct,’ she said. ‘My plastic surgeon may have approved me for the surgery in two weeks, but he would not.’
Jessica’s doctor warned she could potentially die, and expressed concern over her liver levels.
‘You could die,’ he explained, advising her to ‘stop everything for three months’, which included alcohol and pill consumption.
Strike a pose: Simpson posted a photo of herself rocking a figure-hugging black dress as she began her Open Book tour on Monday
Last-minute warning: Simpson, pictured 2014, received a phone call from her doctor two weeks before the surgery, advising her not to go under the knife
In spite of the grim warning, Jessica decided to move forward with the surgery.
‘When I got home, I cut down on everything, like someone cramming for a test. I disregarded what my doctor said and kept the surgery date.’
The surgery ended up going well, but Jessica was not satisfied by the results and decided to undergo a full tummy tuck.
Immediately, Jessica noticed a shift in how the second surgery was being handled.
Family time: Simpson and her husband Eric Johnson now share three children together, Maxwell, Ace, and Birdie
She’s an Open Book! Simpson has been promoting her intimate new memoir ahead of it’s release
‘This surgery was more involved. There was a sense that something was going to go wrong from the get-go, even though I stopped drinking to prepare,’ she said.
Jessica’s surgery lasted two hours longer than was expected, and recovery did not go well.
‘I got an infection – colitis – and was vomiting so much I thought I was going to bust my sutures,’ she said.
She was rushed to the hospital, where she remained for nine days.
Happy holidays: Simpson and her family celebrated the festive season together
‘Doctors talked seriously about me needing a blood transfusion,’ she wrote.
Now, Jessica has recovered and feels ‘like myself again.’
She sees now how plastic surgery was not the answer to her problems.
‘I can tell you that plastic surgery does not cure what’s inside. Really, it’s about how you feel emotionally, and I was still just as hard on myself once those stitches were out. I still had work to do.’
Jessica’s memoir Open Book will be released February 4, and the singer will be going on a meet-and-greet tour across the country in support of her intimate book.
The memoir touches of everything from Jessica’s marriage to Nick Lachey to her battle with alcoholism.
Jessica married her husband Eric in 2014, and together they share daughter Maxwell, seven, son Ace Knute, six, and 10-month-old daughter Birdie.
Hitting bookshelves soon! Jessica’s memoir Open Book will be released February 4
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