Stephanie March reveals she had a plastic surgery nightmare. The ‘Law & Order: SVU’ star details the complications she suffered after the breast augmentation she underwent while she and celebrity chef Bobby Flay were divorcing.

Stephanie March

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It’s relatively rare when a celebrity speaks openly about cosmetic surgery and when they do so, it’s usually to push back against critics or to defend her choice.

But the 42-year-old actress has penned a powerful essay in Refinery29, with a title that matches the candor of what she has to say of having breast implants when she was divorcing 51-year-old Bobby Flay. She called it the “wrong decision, for so many reasons.”

She went to to speak of her “disintegrating” life saying, “I Couldn’t get a job I wanted on camera, couldn’t get attention for my production projects, couldn’t travel the world far enough or fast enough or immerse myself in philanthropy enough to make it all go away.” She went on to say, “the other thing that was happening was that my marriage of nearly 10 years (and 14 together) was falling apart. And nothing, nothing was helping me cope…”

She said she said she did “exactly what you are not supposed to do when it comes to plastic surgery. I decided to change my body because I couldn’t change my life.”

And at first, she was pleased with the results: “Skinny from my misery. Nice breasts from my wallet. My life may have been falling apart, but this? This was pretty good.”

Wrong reasons, yes, but seemingly now there was a happy ending. If she was not happy with the rest of her life, at least what she saw in the mirror gave her a reason to smile.

Yes, but that lasted a mere two months. She reveals in unsparing detail the allergic reaction she had to the implants which is why she had to have them removed. She said, “The problem wasn’t something anyone could have prevented or predicted—It was that I am allergic to implants. Plain and simple. My body did. Not. Want. Them.”

Despite the nightmare tale, March says she has nothing against plastic surgery and goes on to say, “And I fully anticipate my revisiting it in the years to come, if I’m being honest.”

You can see the full essay at Refinery29

A cautionary tale on so many levels. Yes, there are medical complications. Surgery is surgery, after all. For some, the worst ordeal is not the plastic surgery shaming. In fact, a few don’t even survive the surgery or its complications at all. But March did survive, and she’s quite honest about how easy it is to seek such a procedure as seemingly a quick fix, much like a drug, one with unforeseen consequences.

As she concludes, she says, “I have accepted this episode as a part of my larger story. And I refuse to be ashamed of it. I am taking back my body, my story, and myself in a bathing suit.”

She has done just that. Literally owned her narrative. Stephanie March’s plastic surgery story is not one that we usually hear but what’s most important is that we have heard it from her.