There was a 3 minute program on Channel 4 today, in which a woman who was a Roman Catholic and had had plastic surgery spoke about how it was the right thing for her and it was not anti-Catholic to have plastic surgery as God gave you your body.
She wasn’t talking about a “boob job”, but reconstructive plastic surgery. After a major accident she had a massive scar across her face, several teeth missing and she was barely recognisabile. Her family told her it would be un-Catholic to have plastic reconstructive surgery as God had given her her face, she didn’t need it, and it was a test of faith… etc etc.
But she went ahead and had the surgery, and there’s no longer any trace of a scar across her face.
Is that compatible with Catholicism?
What about a young woman in her 20s who wants to have breast implants to make them bigger? Is that different? Is plastic surgery only ok if it’s going to “cure” an unwanted defect? If so, why doesn’t it apply to having breast implants?