‘Modern Family’ Star Reid Ewing Describes His Cosmetic Surgery Horror Story
Reid Ewing has opened up about his painful past.
In an essay for Huffington Post called I Underwent Cosmetic Surgery for My Body Dysmorphia… and I Wish I Hadn’t, the Modern Family star talks about his very difficult history with cosmetic surgery.
Ewing says at the tender age of 19, his crippling body dysmorphia lead him to believe he needed plastic surgery to fix the way he looked since he was just getting into acting. “I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt,” he writes.
After his first procedure of getting cheek implants, however, he soon realized it was a huge mistake. “I woke up screaming my head off from pain, with tears streaming down my face. The doctor kept telling me to calm down, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t do anything but scream, while he and his staff tried seemingly to hold back their laughter,” he writes.
“Something I was not told ahead of time was that I would have to wear a full facial mask for two weeks. Afraid someone would find out I had work done, I took my dog and some supplies, left Los Angeles, and headed to Joshua Tree.”
Reid’s problems were far from over, however. He soon got trapped in a never-ending downward spiral that included getting surgery after surgery to try to “fix” botched procedures.
“For the next couple of years, I would get several more procedures with two other doctors. Each procedure would cause a new problem that I would have to fix with another procedure,” he writes. “I used the money I saved from acting and then borrowed from my parents and grandmother when I was most desperate.”
As the years passed, Ewing says he still felt deeply insecure about his appearance, and didn’t even like people looking at him. He vowed to stop having procedures done.
“Before seeking to change your face, you should question whether it is your mind that needs fixing.”
Now, Reid is speaking out against plastic surgeons who don’t consider the mental well-being of their patients before operating. “Of the four doctors who worked on me, not one had mental health screenings in place for their patients, except for asking if I had a history of depression, which I said I did, and that was that.”
Ewing acknowledges that not all procedures are for the wrong reasons, but should be fully considered beforehand. “Plastic surgery is not always a bad thing. It often helps people who actually need it for serious cases, but it’s a horrible hobby, and it will eat away at you until you have lost all self-esteem and joy. I wish I could go back and undo all the surgeries. Now I can see that I was fine to begin with and didn’t need the surgeries after all.”