The Vanderpump Rules star also underwent a breast reduction in 2015 and is a big fan of "conservative" Botox

By Michele Corriston
April 16, 2019 03:02 PM
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Stassi Schroeder believes there’s no shame in a little cosmetic enhancement.

In Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook (out now), the Vanderpump Rules star details her experience with plastic surgery, starting with a chin implant as a high school graduation gift from her parents.

“If you’re questioning their parenting skills, whatevs,” writes Schroeder, 30. “They trusted my judgment, and I was desperate for a bigger chin and more define jawline.”

Stassi Schroeder
Stassi Schroeder
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After the procedure, she recalls drinking milkshakes for four days as she recovered.

“My face swelled up from the surgery (and maybe the shakes) but it ended up being freaking awesome,” she says. “It’s one of the best things I ever did and to this day it makes me feel better about myself.”

She also writes about going under the knife for a breast reduction and lift in 2015, something she’d “fantasized” about from the age of 12.

“Let me tell you, it is constantly uncomfortable to feel a heavy book hanging like a pancake on your stomach,” she says. “When I finally met with a surgeon I told them that I didn’t care about the scars — just butcher me up.”

The book isn’t the first time the reality TV personality has opened up about the life-changing procedure. In a 2015 blog post, she wrote that she’d cried herself to sleep “over the frustration that comes with dressing” her fuller chest. And shortly before the surgery, she announced her decision on her podcast, Straight Up with Stassi.

“I started bleeding the other day when I was working out because of my sports bra, so I have scabs on my shoulder,” she said then. “It’s just too uncomfortable and they’re so saggy, they look like two tube socks with change in them.”

Finally, Schroeder cops to getting Hollywood-favorite injectables like lip fillers (which boyfriend Beau Clark banned her from getting “because he thinks it makes me look like a baboon”) and Botox.

Stassi Schroeder
Credit: Simon & Schuster

She told PEOPLE earlier this year that she started getting Botox at age 23 but has only done it “conservatively.” “It’s not about freezing your face to me, it’s just about getting rid of my wrinkles,” she said. And in her book, she reveals that she won’t allow a needle near her face while Vanderpump Rules is in production.

“I always make it a point not to get Botox when I’m filming because I hate it when people are having an emotion and you can’t tell,” she writes. “I vowed never to get while we’re shooting Vanderpump Rules so that people know when I’m mad at them.”

Vanderpump Rules airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. Next Level Basic is on shelves now.