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Sunny Hostin, cohost on The View, recently revealed to People that she got cosmetic surgery over the summer. She got a breast reduction — from a G-cup to a C-cup — and lift, and lipo on her waist and chin. Sunny says she was self-conscious and physically uncomfortable for years because of her breasts. She mentions struggling when she was a teen in New York City, which I imagine means unwanted male attention, and throughout her professional life when wardrobe for appearances wouldn’t fit properly and she felt worried about popping out of her clothes at events. Sunny is sharing her story because she wants to share the truth about the plastic surgery process and destigmatize it for others.
Sunny Hostin is sharing her cosmetic surgery journey.
In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, The View cohost reveals she underwent a breast reduction and lift, as well as liposuction, last summer.
“I feel like a better version of myself,” Hostin tells PEOPLE exclusively of the procedures, which she moved forward with after years of struggling with back pain and body-image issues. “It was a health decision and a self-care decision.”
Now Hostin wants to start a conversation about cosmetic procedures — and to destigmatize them.
“I thought I would feel shame, like, ‘Oh my God, I’m doing plastic surgery like all these crazy celebrities.’ But I don’t feel shame at all,” she says. “And I hope sharing my story will help more people. If they’re feeling so body-conscious, the way I was — they can do what they need to do to feel better.”
On Aug. 22, 2022, Hostin underwent a breast reduction and lift, as well as liposuction on her waist and chin.
“It’s not glamorous,” says Hostin, who hired a private nurse to assist during her two-week-long recovery at home, which included drainage tubes to prevent blood and fluid buildup for three days, along with minimal scarring. “I was up and walking around in three days. I was back to work in two weeks, and I was doing Pilates in two months.”
Indeed, these days Hostin is happy and confident.
“Now I prance around nude all the time at my house — I feel great,” says Hostin, who went from a G-cup to a C-cup. “I don’t know, you may see me naked on The View!”
And Hostin hopes viewers take note.
“I look through magazines and Instagram accounts. I always believed, ‘Oh, they must be clean eating.’ No, they’re not — a lot of them are taking something, or they’re getting plastic surgery. It’s their decision to keep it private,” she adds. “But I wanted to be really honest. And I’m so happy.”
Sunny describes a specific incident at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner when her dress didn’t fit and she could barely eat or move because she was afraid of falling out. And that was the catalyst for her surgeries. I appreciate her honesty about both the surgery and the recovery process. Celebs who won’t cop to it and suddenly just appear looking different make it look too easy, like big changes can just happen like that overnight. And I like that she mentions that celebrity appearances are way more effortful than we’re led to believe. She used to fall for it herself, but she pulls back the curtain a bit by acknowledging that it’s not just diet and exercise and a good skincare routine, celebrities have a lot of help to look the way they do. It is their decision to keep it private, but then just don’t talk about it instead of pretending it’s something it’s not. I like that Sunny was honest and it’s great that she’s feeling more comfortable and self-confident after all these years.
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I love that she’s just flat out saying: people need help to look perfect, and they are lying about the help they get. Like, we KNOW it, but body image issues abound in young people. My 11 year old son came to us sobbing and calling himself fat-he’s active 24/7 but he’s going through puberty so his body is changing, and he wants to be skinny with a 6 pack. Getting him to understand that people in the media, social or otherwise, have a LOT of help to look a certain way is tough. I want lipo on my chin, but I also don’t want to tell him that round freckled faces are wrong or something to change.
I had a breast reduction a few years ago. Best decision I have ever made BUT, it is a surgery and one complication surgeons do not talk about enough is the creation of scar tissue (or fat necrosis) lumps post surgery. These can mimic breast cancer on mammograms and sonogram, so please ask for a pre-surgery mammo and post-surgery mammo so you don’t land up having to get unnecessary biopsies later when you feel hard lumps (even if you are young!). This happened to me at 33.
Very good advice. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for that. Having the surgery soon.
Good for her for being open about this! We need more women who are brave enough to talk about it, and not pretend they magically changed their bodies without surgery. Also (on a shallow note), she looks great.
It’s nice that she’s honest about it and she also wants to destigmatize it. Ultimately people who get cosmetic procedures are just humans with strengths and weaknesses like everybody else, and their making that decision doesn’t mean that’s all there is to them.
I’m having my reduction this year at 40 & I absolute cannot WAIT! I’m so ready to not have back pain every single day & not look like a school marm in everything I wear. Good for her!!
I want this so so badly. I’m scared of the recovery process though, I imagine it to be quite painful. Eventually I’ll have to go through with it though because I would really like to get rid of all the pain, and the unwanted gaze.