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Modern Family star Reid Ewing reveals plastic surgery addiction: 'The results were horrendous'

Published 20/11/2015

Reid Ewing
Reid Ewing
Reid Ewing as Dylan on Modern Family

Modern Family star Reid Ewing, who plays Dylan in the hit show, has revealed he has an addiction to plastic surgery.

The 27-year-old actor suffers from body dysmorphia and developed an addiction to surgery after undergoing his first operation in 2008.

Reid Ewing as Dylan on Modern Family
Reid Ewing as Dylan on Modern Family

At the time, he had cheek implants and said he believed he would "look like Brad Pitt" after.

"The results were horrendous," he wrote in a candid blog post for the Huffington Post.

His surgeon refused to operate on him again for six months, so he found another doctor who convinced him to get a chin implant.

"Only a few days passed when I noticed I could move the chin implant under my skin, easily moving it from one side of my face to another," he said.

"I rushed back to the surgeon, and acknowledging he had made a mistake, he operated on me again."

"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's enjoyed a recurring role on the American mockumentary for the last six years, but resorted to borrowing money from his parents and grandparents when he was "most desperate" to go under the knife again.

"Much of this was going on during the same time period I was shooting Modern Family," he said.

"Most of the times I was on camera were when I'd had the numerous implants removed and was experimenting with less-noticeable changes to my face, like injectable fillers and fat transfers. None of them last very long or are worth the money."

"It took me about six months before I was comfortable with people even looking at me."

Ewing is now urging for a change in the system and wants doctors to check a patient's mental health before performing plastic surgey.

"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," he explained.

"My history with eating disorders and the cases of obsessive compulsive disorder in my family never came up. 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."

Caitlin McBride, Irish Independent

Irish Independent

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