NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, November 20, 2015, 11:05 AM
“Modern Family” actor Reid Ewing fell prey to the Hollywood habit of excessive plastic surgery, starting at 19, and now warns others off of unnecessary procedures.
Ewing, who plays Haley’s occasional boyfriend Dylan on the ABC sitcom, says he regrets all of the work he had done to his face.
In a heartfelt blog on the Huffington Post, Ewing, 27, writes that as a young, insecure actor he would sit in his apartment and take photos of himself from all different angles and recalls thinking: “No one is allowed to be this ugly. It’s unacceptable.”
He went to a plastic surgeon, explained he was an actor starting out, and the surgeon agreed he needed plastic surgery to make a go of it in the business.
“I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt,” Ewing wrote.
It didn’t turn out that way.
Instead the cheek implants were painful, took a long time to heal and once in a full face mask, for recovery, Ewing grabbed his dog and left Los Angeles for Joshua Tree to heal. Along the way, his looks scared a gas station attendant.
“For the next two weeks, I stayed at a hotel doped up on hydrocodone,” Ewing wrote. “When the time came to take off the bandages, it was nothing like I had expected. My face was so impossibly swollen, there was no way I could make any excuse for it. So I planned to hide out in my apartment in LA for another week until the swelling was less dramatic.”
Once healed, his cheeks now appeared so sunken, Ewing was desperate to get himself fixed. He wound up at an even less reputable plastic surgeon and was persuaded to get a chin implant, which he then found he could manipulate. That was fixed.
“At the beginning of 2012, all the isolation, secrecy, depression, and self-hate became too much to bear,” Ewing 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.”
None of the doctors who worked on his face had asked about his mental health or if he had any body issues.
Ewing had a history of eating disorders.
“People with body dysmorphic disorder often become addicted to cosmetic surgery,” he notes. “Before seeking to change your face, you should question whether it is your mind that needs fixing.”