‘Modern Family’ actor Reid Ewing acknowledges body dysmorphia, says he regrets …

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TV star’s plastic surgery nightmare.

Actor Reid Ewing attends the premiere for “10 Rules For Sleeping Around” at the Egyptian Theatre on April 1, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic) The 27-year-old, who plays Sarah Hyland’s onscreen boyfriend on the hit sitcom, revealed his troubles in a blog for the Huffington Post, admitting he used to believe his looks were the only thing that mattered. “I had just moved to L.A. to become an actor and had very few, if any, friends,” he wrote. “I’d sit alone in my apartment and take pictures of myself from every angle, analyzing every feature. After a few years of doing this, one day I decided I had to get cosmetic surgery. ‘No one is allowed to be this ugly,’ I thought. ‘It’s unacceptable.’” At the age of 19, Reid met with his first cosmetic surgeon, adamant that if he went under the knife one time, he would “suddenly look like Brad Pitt.” He decided to get cheek implants, but the procedure left him in excruciating pain.

When I went out, people on the street would stare at me, and when I visited my parents they thought I had contracted some illness,” he said. “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 wrote. “My history with eating disorders and the cases of obsessive compulsive disorder in my family never came up. It took me about six months before I was comfortable with people even looking at me.” “Before seeking to change your face, you should question whether it is your mind that needs fixing,” he suggested to those considering surgery. “It’s a horrible hobby, and it will eat away at you until you have lost all self-esteem and joy. 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.” He said most of the procedures, mostly “injectable fillers and fat transfers”, were paid for with his acting money or with help from his parents and grandmother. “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.

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