Breast Reduction Surgery in Teenagers: Ariel Winter’s Experience

Ariel Winter from Modern Family Describes Her Experience

Melanie Schwarz

Melanie Schwarz

Cosmetic Nurse at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center in Leesburg, Virginia

The benefits of breast reduction surgery are well known.  They include reduction of back and shoulder pain, improved ability to exercise, in addition to gaining the freedom of being free of gawking and unwanted attention.  Ariel Winter, from the hit show Modern Family recently brought the spotlight to how and why teenagers may benefit from this life-altering procedure just as much as their more mature elders.

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Ariel Winter from the hit show Modern Family had a breast reduction surgery in 2015 when when she was only 17 years old. She describes how her breasts ballooned to a 32F when she was only 15 years old.  This is not a unique story; breast development is beginning earlier and earlier. Some young women will begin their breast development around 11 years of age.

What is unique to Ariel, is that by this age, she was an actress on a wildly successful television sitcom called Modern Family. Her audience was able to watch her development and this made her extremely self-conscious.

In an interview with Glamour Magazine after her breast reduction, she stated that she: “feels like a new person” since having the surgery. 

"I can't even really put it into words about how amazing it feels to really feel right."

Winter says being a public figure, especially a female celebrity, meant lots of unwanted attention on her chest.

Unwanted Sexual Attention

“It made me feel really uncomfortable, because as women in the industry, we are totally oversexualized and treated like objects. Every article that has to do with me on a red carpet had to do with ‘Ariel Winter’s Crazy Cleavage!’ or ‘Ariel Winter Shows Huge Boobs at an Event!’ That’s all people would recognize me by – not, ‘Oh, she does great work on Modern Family,’” she said. I’d have to wear the dress that was super tight and form-fitted everywhere, because if I didn’t, it didn’t look good.


The image above shows Ariel Winter on her instagram page before her breast reduction. Notice the troll on her her page in the last comment.

Physical Pain from Breasts

These feelings are not unique to Ariel Winter just because of her celebrity status.

Similar feelings have been well documented in large population studies on the benefits of breast reduction surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, overly large breasts can cause emotional and physical pain for women.

All the negative feelings about having large breasts are enhanced in impressionable teenagers and young women. These include unwanted attention, inability to find properly fitting bras and clothing, and inability to easily exercise.

Before Breast Augmentation

Winter said she suffered a great deal of pain before the surgery and couldn’t even stand up straight.

“It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain,” she said. “My neck was hurting so bad, and I actually had some problems with my spine.”

"I had been discussing my chest with doctors for many years, but when I finally said, 'I'm thinking of doing this,' he said, 'Your back is going to thank you so much.'"

After the Breast Reduction

Ariel Winter is a mere 5 foot 1 inches tall and went from a F cup to a D cup. Ideally, breast reduction surgery allows women to have a breast size that’s proportional to their body to no longer cause discomfort. 

Winter says she now feels happier than she ever has and wanted to share her story to help others. 

“It’s something that I did to better my life and better my health, and I think that that can benefit a lot of young girls,” she said.

Insurance will sometimes cover the surgery if it’s determined it will relieve medical issues. Cost for the procedure can be high, since it covers factors like surgical fees, anesthesia, and medication.

ariel winter in a white dress kneeling on the beach after her breast reduction
Ariel Winter shows off her new body in an Instagram post after her breast reduction and interview with Glamour.

Lessons on Breast Reductions from Ariel Winter

  • Large breasts can and often develop in teenagers and young women, not just adults.
  • Large breasts can make it more difficult to find properly fitting bras, clothing, and swimsuits.
  • Large breast can bring unwanted attention and inappropriate or creepy comments from strangers.
  • Large breasts cause serious, lasting back and shoulder pain.
  • The decision to go ahead with a breast reduction surgery was one of the best choices she ever made! 

Goals of a Breast Reduction

  • Reduce the size and weight of the breast
  • Lift the breast
  • Lift the nipple areola area 
  • Reduce the size of the areola if necessary
  • Improve any size asymmetries between the two breasts

Benefits of a Breast Reduction

  • Reduce the size and weight of the breast
  • Easier ability to buy fitted clothes
  • Ability to buy less expensive bras
  • Ability to have better options in buying a bra
  • Improved ability to exercise physically and pychologically
  • Decrease unwanted attention

Finding the Best Breast Reduction Surgeon in Virginia

Dr. Phillip Chang is known to be one of the best breast reduction surgeons in Virginia after performing hundreds of breast reduction procedures for almost 20 years. His innovative techniques have been highlighted in national magazines and educational channels prompting patients across the country to send revision breast reduction procedures to his office in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, DC.  

Visit his office in Leesburg, Virginia in Loudoun County or fill out the contact form below for more information on how we can help you with your breast reduction surgery.

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Our office can provide you with helpful information, schedule a free consultation, and provide you with a complimentary 3D Vectra scan.

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