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Summary: Ariel Winter is making headlines because of her appearance at the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards show. We applaud the way she’s handled herself after her breast reduction surgery.

Ariel Winter’s Breast Reduction Controversy

In the last few days—since the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards—people have been buzzing about Ariel Winter. It seems that during the red carpet events that usually precede these types of awards shows, Winter was seen in a revealing dress. The dress was so revealing that her breast reduction scars were visible. Apparently—and surprisingly—this has caused quite an emotional reaction, both from those who are supportive of Winter and those who are not. For her part, Winter has been open about her breast reduction and made sure to articulate why she did not bother to hide her scars: they are part of her and who she is.

I have to say that this is exactly the right attitude to have. Winter seems to be incredibly secure not only in her new body but also in the way that she got that new body. She knows why she got surgery, she knows how it benefited her, and she seems to be quite aware of how it will affect her body in the future. She’s comfortable with who she is and how her body looks and that is the ultimate appeal of plastic surgery. So we applaud what she’s done.

Plastic Surgery is Not Magic

Unfortunately, plastic surgery is sometimes seen as a kind of substitute for magic. Your face magically looks younger, your breasts magically look larger (or smaller). In Hollywood, especially, I think a lot of people go to a lot of trouble to make sure that plastic surgery is something everyone does but no one sees. And that’s too bad. The more transparent plastic surgery is, the more realistic patients’ expectations are—and the happier everyone is with the end result. After all, plastic surgery can be a big decision, whether we’re talking about a breast augmentation or a breast reduction. It’s a decision that should only be made when you have all the information. And that’s true whether you’re getting Botox in Los Angeles or a Breast Reduction in New Jersey.

Hiding Plastic Surgery Scars

That said, we also completely understand that not everyone will want visible scars. To some degree, scarring is inevitable with cosmetic plastic surgery. Incisions will leave scars. However, surgeons have gotten pretty good at finding out-of-the-way places for scars. For example:

  • Tummy Tuck: The scar is usually located just below the bikini line
  • Breast Augmentation: The scar either hidden by the areola of the nipple or under the fold of the breast itself
  • Facelift: Scarring can be hidden beneath the hairline or just under the jawline
  • Liposuction: This procedure keeps the invasiveness to a minimum, meaning scars are easily hidden
  • Rhinoplasty: When it comes to the nose job, the scar is usually hidden at the back of the nose (that piece of skin between your nostrils
  • Eyelid Surgery: When it comes to blepharoplasty, the incision line is usually hidden in the folds of the eyelid itself

This list could, of course, continue. The point is that plastic surgeons have invested a great deal of time, energy, and research into ensuring that patients feel comfortable with their bodies after surgery. For some patients, that means having incision lines and scars that are easily hidden. Of course, if you’re wearing a dress to the SAG Awards, hiding those incisions may be a bit trickier than normal. That’s one of the reasons we give Ariel Winter so much credit.

Getting Some Positive Attention for Loving the Way You Look

The other, darker side of this, is that we have to wonder if Winter would be getting as much negative attention if she had gotten a breast augmentation. Breast reduction has never been quite as popular as its enlarging cousin. This leads me to think that the attention (or at least the ratio of attention) might be different if the procedure were different.

That said, Winter is getting a great deal of positive attention, and we applaud that. She’s certainly showing what it means to be comfortable with your body the way it is—and it shows that the perfect Hollywood body (whatever that may be) is not always attainable through natural means. Sometimes to get that type of look you need to go see the plastic surgeon.

In fact, plastic surgery has been shown time and again to improve self-esteem and self-confidence when it’s performed on patients who wanted plastic surgery. Ariel Winter, it seems obvious to say, feels quite good about her body. If you want plastic surgery and you get the results you’re after, it seems quite safe to say that you will feel that way about your body, too. At the end of the day, it’s about feeling great in the skin you have—however you can make that happen.

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