Can someone tell me if the Church has given any pronouncement or resolution regarding gettting plastic surgery.
For instance, is it a sin for a woman to get breast implants?
My take is that IT IS, because it is the sin of vanity.
If you look at the 7 deadly sins, all those sins are excesses or exagerations of something good. The devil turns something good into excess and thus it becomes a sin.
In the case of plastic surgery, such as breast implants, if you notice you
- Spend over $2000, money that can be used for better causes
- Put your life in danger, as it is major surgery and infections can result
- You go through many weeks of pain.
- You have to use drugs (Pharmakeia), such as pain medicine, anesthesia, etc when you are not sick to begin with. Because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, the use of drugs should be limited for when you are sick or to improve your health.
I think all this is enough to see that it is an exageration or an excess to have this done just to look good, so I think it is a sin and a grave one at that.
What is the official positio of the Church on this?
Thanks and God bless,