“Modern Family” star Reid Ewing has revealed he has been battling with body dysmorphic disorder his entire life according to a Friday, November 20 report from MSN. Ewing reveals that as a result of his disorder he has undergone multiple cosmetic surgery procedures,regretting each and everyone. Reid Ewing, 27, underwent his first plastic surgery in 2008 at the age of 19, after moving to Los Angeles to become an actor.
“I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt,” he wrote in a Huffington Post blog. Following his consultation with a plastic surgeon, Ewing reveals he decided to get cheek implants. A procedure that did not quite turn out as he had hoped. “I woke up screaming my head off from pain, with tears streaming down my face,” wrote Ewing.
To his horror Ewing following the surgery discovered he would have to wear a full face mask. Not wanting to be seen in public, he spent two weeks in a hotel “doped up on [the pain medication] hydrocodone.” After doctors removed the bandages, Reid states that his entire face was swollen. After the swelling went down, it was more than evident that the surgery was not a success.
“The lower half of my cheeks were as hollow as a corpse’s,” he said. “I went back to the doctor several times in a frenzy, but he kept refusing to operate on me for another six months, saying I would eventually get used to the change. I couldn’t let anyone see me like this, so I stayed in complete isolation.” Ewing stated that he was horrified, strangers would stare at him, and his family thought he was sick. In an attempt to correct the failed surgery, Ewing decided to meet with another surgeon and have a second surgery. Reid’s nightmare did not end there, unfortunately.
“The next one I found was even less qualified, but I didn’t care; I just wanted out of my situation,” he wrote. “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.” Ewing’s experience soon became a domino effect having operation after operation each in hopes of correcting the last. Finally in 2012, Ewing decided he was done going under the knife.
“All the isolation, secrecy, depression and self-hate became too much to bear,” he wrote. “I vowed I would never get cosmetic surgery again even though I was still deeply insecure about my looks. It took me about six months before I was comfortable with people even looking at me.” Ewing also mentions that over the course of his visits with various plastic surgeons, not one suggested he get a mental health screening.
“My history with eating disorders and the cases of the obsessive compulsive disorder in my family never came up,” he said. “None of the doctors suggested I consult a psychologist for what was clearly a psychological issue rather than a cosmetic one or warn me about the potential for addiction.” Ewing advises to others considering plastic surgery is to consider the reasons why they want it before getting on the operating table.