The Modern Family star underwent surgery last year to take her breasts from a 10F cup (in Australia bra sizing) down to a 12D.
In a recent essay for TIME magazine, she explained having large breasts on a small frame presented physical challenges, including neck pain and not being able to find clothes that fit, and significantly affected her state of mind. The constant scrutiny from the public only added to her unhappiness.
“I was uncomfortable and unhappy. I chose surgery because of how I felt, not because of what anyone else thought,” she wrote.
However, Winter’s estranged mother isn’t quite so positive about the 18-year-old’s decision. Crystal Workman, who hasn’t spoken to her daughter in more than three years, has weighed in on the subject in an interview with Inside Edition.
“I don’t think anyone at that age should be cutting into their breasts. I am surprised she did it so young and that the doctor did it for her so young,” Workman says.
She also disapproves of Winter’s decision not to conceal her surgical scars at the Screen Actors Guild Awards earlier this year.
Having worn a plunging strapless dress to the event, which partially exposed the surgical marks, the actress told her fans she refused to hide them.
“They are part of me and I’m not ashamed of them at all,” she tweeted.
Watch: Ariel Winter at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016. (Post continues after video.)
Winter was praised for her openness, but Workman isn’t impressed, telling Inside Edition, “I’m sorry, I just think this is inappropriate. She should never be embarrassed of her scars but she shouldn’t be flaunting them.”