Is It Wrong to Get Plastic Surgery?

Applying God's wisdom to cosmetic surgery

If you look in the mirror long enough, you’re going to see things you don’t like. Wrinkles, a nose that’s too big, flabby skin, and a body that is a better fit for Good Housekeeping than Vogue. Maybe you don’t have to look into the mirror to notice these things. Your physical flaws are imprinted in your mind. They haunt you, making you feel self-conscious around “more beautiful” people.

Along comes the option of plastic surgery. We can elect to change what we least like about our appearance. A skilled surgeon can give you a flat stomach, a strong chin, big boobs, pouty lips, and make you look a decade younger. If you have the money to spend, should you?

You may want to offer a quick condemnation of anyone who would consider something as superficial as plastic surgery. Not so fast. What’s the difference between a medical procedure to alter your appearance and less invasive measures, like dying your hair, using make-up, and wearing SPANX to hold everything in? Virtually every woman takes some measure to present herself as beautiful. How about plastic surgery to correct a birth defect or scar from an accident? And not all plastic surgeries are purely aesthetic. Some, like a breast reduction, can be functional.

Like many other issues we deal with today, the Bible doesn’t give specific instruction on plastic surgery. We live in a very unique time and culture that has the expertise and the expendable income to make cosmetic surgery even an option. When the Bible doesn’t give specific instruction, we can often discern God’s will by applying principles for godly living.

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Juli Slattery

Juli Slattery is a TCW regular contributor and blogger. A widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and broadcast media professional, she co-founded Authentic Intimacy and is the co-author of Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making?

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