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‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Recchia Brings Fans Inside Her Plastic Surgery Journey: Transformation Photos

Bachelorette season 19 colead Rachel Recchia has risen to fame after got her start on Clayton Echards season 16 of The Bachelor. The blonde beauty became a fan-favorite through her charm and unique background as a pilot. However, fame can also bring unwanted attention, including plastic surgery rumors. And some fans have been asking whether Rachel ever went under the knife during her time on reality TV. 

Nevertheless, the California resident did not publicly address the speculation until she decided to get a breast reduction. Rachel shared with her online fans that she was in the process of scheduling an appointment to get the plastic surgery procedure.

“OK, this is kind of a really big deal for me, but I wanted to come on here and ask if there are any women — or what women have experienced getting a breast reduction?” she said via TikTok on February 7, 2023. “I have been in the process of going through my insurance and [to get] the surgery done since I was 17 and I think I am about to get it done at the beginning of next month.”

The Bachelor Nation star believed the operation would “change her life” not for cosmetic purposes, but in the way she can “not have pain” while exercising.

Rachel even addressed the taboo topic of plastic surgery in the comments section, writing, “I always support anyone doing what makes them happy or improves their quality of life.”

The Chicago native underwent the procedure the following month and uploaded a mini-vlog of her surgery – hospital gowns and all! Rachel even shared an update on her recovery after a fan asked how she was doing in the comments section of the March 8, 2023, TikTok clip.

“I’m doing better than I thought I would!” she rejoiced.

Rachel has never strayed away from speaking on tough topics. In fact openly talked about the criticism she and fellow season 19 cast member Gabby Windey have faced for being the first season with two female leaders. 

“Me and Gabby went into this knowing that we were going to respect each other, have open communication,” the flight instructor told People in August 2022. “And we really did that the entire time. There was never really a decision in the beginning we didn’t make without one another. We were always there to support one another. You can see us having our bad days. I’ll have a bad day, and then, something similar happens to her. So, I think if anything, we just grew more than we could have imagined as friends.”

Rachel’s statement came amid a flood of accusations against her, claiming that she wasn’t supportive of Gabby. 

“She needs to support Gabby,” one social media user commented under one of Rachel’s Instagram posts that month. “It’s all one-sided.” 

The Ohio State University alumna got engaged to ex-fiancé Tino Franco at the end of her season. However, their romance was short-lived after Tino cheated on her by kissing another girl, leading Rachel to call off the engagement during The Bachelorette season 19 finale.

Despite the criticism their unique season faced, Rachel continued to keep her head held high and focuses on her own interests, including her career as a pilot. The Chicago native even opened up about how she has witnessed stereotypical assumptions when it comes to a woman managing a career. 

“Not only just women in aviation, but women in any sort of industry where you have to always be working a little bit harder than everyone else to be recognized,” Rachel said during the “Click Bait With Bachelor Nation” podcast in February 2022. “You can’t make the same mistakes as everyone else, because if you make them, it’s like, ‘Oh, well, of course Rachel made that mistake.’”

Scroll through the gallery to see photos of Rachel’s stunning transformation.