“Modern Family” actress Ariel Winter, 17, didn’t always have large breasts. In fact, to many Americans, it seemed as though overnight she transformed from the nerdy, yet lovable middle child on the show to a teenager with a developed bosom. In fact, some fans of the show became negative toward her online. Winter also suffered from physical pain as a result of her bra size and now, she’s speaking out about her decision to undergo breast reduction surgery.
“I had a lot of back problems,” said Winter to Glamour magazine. “It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain.”
Winter told Glamour that she underwent the surgery when she finished wrapping season seven of the hit ABC show and her bra size went from a size 32F to a 34D. And Winter isn’t the only woman of her age to undergo surgery to reduce the size of her breasts due to bullying and physical pain.
“You definitely want to hold off until the breasts stop developing, which is different for everyone,” said Susan K. Boolbol, MD, FACS, chief in the Division of Breast Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. “At 13, I wouldn’t be considering something like this. But generally, by the time you enter your late teens, it’s a reasonable option for young women who are uncomfortable with their breasts.”
“We have to stop thinking about breast reduction as just a cosmetic surgery. It’s much deeper than that,” she explained to Yahoo Health. “The physical issues are real. If a girl in her late teens is fully developed and has large breasts that don’t change size again until the 50s or 60s, that’s a lot of strain on the back and neck.”
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, nearly 115,000 women underwent breast reduction surgery in 2014.
Learn more about Winter’s decision to undergo the procedure on ABC13.com.
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