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Danica Patrick wishes she could have sent a message to her younger self.
After revealing that she had her breast implants removed, the former professional driver is opening up about body image and what led to her decision to go under the knife.
"I wish I could of told this 32 year old girl that boobs won’t make you more perfect or have it all or be more feminine," the now 40-year-old wrote in a caption on Instagram alongside a photo of herself pre-enhancement. "These were my reasons and to me these narratives are the problem. Implants just feed into it. Culture feeds into it. Social media feeds into it. Filters feed into it. Unhealed trauma feeds into it."
She went on to say that "the work is always an inside job" but "the real question is - how can I do the emotional work to see myself as perfect, having it all, and feminine? When we do that, we won’t seek outside validation or a way to get it."
She concluded, "Super grateful to be feeling better so quickly. To be clear, the transparency of the dangers of implants are an issue. I also understand that mastectomy’s require options. However, all I’m saying is, if we don’t have an insecurity issue... any potential risk or danger go away."
Patrick claimed she was suffering from breast implant illness, which motivated her to have the implants removed. While breast implant illness is not considered an official medical diagnosis, patients have reported a variety of symptoms ranging from chronic pain to brain fog.
In April, Patrick opened up about her decision to get her breast implants removed following a long list of health complications that started in 2018 and intensified by the end of 2020.
Patrick was hesitant to share the news but hopes her journey can be a lesson for those who are considering the procedure.
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