‘Modern Family’ star Reid Ewing is opening up like never before about suffering from body dysmorphia in a new op-ed. He wrote about his ‘first appointment to meet with a cosmetic surgeon’ and how he longed to ‘look like Brad Pitt’ — read his heartfelt article.
Reid Ewing, 27, wrote a raw new op-ed where he admitted to getting multiple botched plastic surgeries on Huffington Post. “The results were horrendous,” he explained about his first under-the-knife experience. “People with body dysmorphic disorder often become addicted to cosmetic surgery,” he explained justifying his actions.
In 2008, when I was 19 years old, I made my first appointment to meet with a cosmetic surgeon. I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt. I told the doctor why I felt my face needed cosmetic surgery and told him I was an actor. He agreed that for my career it would be necessary to get cosmetic surgery. He quickly determined that large cheek implants would address the issues I had with my face, and a few weeks later I was on the operating table
After all the swelling finally went down, the results were horrendous. The lower half of my cheeks were as hollow as a corpse’s, which, I know, is the opposite of what you’d expect, as they are called cheek implants. They would be more aptly called cheekbone implants
Unable to take this state of living, I began to seek out another doctor. The next one I found was even less qualified, but I didn’t care; I just wanted out of my situation. I told him my story, and he suggested I get a chin implant. I asked if it would repair my sunken-in face, and he said I would be so happy with my looks it wouldn’t matter to me. The same day he brought me into his back office and operated on me.
At this point I was 20 years old. 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. Anyone who has had a run-in with bad cosmetic surgery knows this is true
People with body dysmorphic disorder often become addicted to cosmetic surgery. Gambling with your looks, paired with all the pain meds doctors load you up on, make it a highly addictive experience. It’s a problem that is rarely taken seriously because of the public shaming of those who have had work done.
The secrecy that surrounds cosmetic surgery keeps the unethical work practiced by many of these doctors from ever coming to light. I think people often choose cosmetic surgery in order to be accepted, but it usually leaves them feeling even more like an outsider. We don’t hear enough stories about cosmetic surgery from this perspective.
To read Reid’s full article, click HERE. HollywoodLifers, do you think Reid’s honesty will help people who suffer from body dysmorphia? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
— Shira Benozilio