Is It Morally Acceptable To Spend Money On Plastic Surgery?


#1

Is is morally acceptable to get a nose job or breast implants?* Or should a person accept what God gave them?

*This is not referring to people who have been severely burned or been in a bad accident, etc.


#2

I guess I’ll be the brave first to reply, lol.

I voted “their money their business”.

There are many many reasons to get plastic surgery. Some are good reasons and others are not so good.

I personally believe that if the person can afford it (after giving lots to charity, supporting their Parish, supporting their family, saving for the future, etc) and undestands the associated risks then it is ok.

Malia


#3

Well put above. I think if we are too quick to jump on the bandwagon condemning cosmetic enhancements, we better be prepared to hand over the foundation, rouge, lipstick, ahtletic club memberships, vacations, designer clothes, jewelry and other frivolous non-essentials.


#4

Well, I think it depends what it is too. A facelift might not be bad or maybe lypo, but I would think breast implants would be bad. I mean, that seems overtly geared to be for sexual attractiveness. One thing too, all surgery is risky. Is it worth the risk to for something that is not necessary?


#5

I didn’t vote. I’m not sure.

But I’m looking at my varicose veins … hmmmmmm.:wink:


#6

Personally, I associate most plastic surgery with rich, self involved, hollywood types. It just goes with the whole scene of sex and lust, contraception, immorality, and doing your own will instead of God’s. (think that horrible nip/tuck show)
But that is not always the case!! I have seen lots of people who have really benefited from plastic surgery. Children with cleft pallets, burn victims, etc. Things that help a person be more able to manuever in their bodies or relieve pain, or people who have lost a lot of weight and have a lot of excess skin that needs removed. The good possibilies are endless, it’s the selfish motives that disturb me.
I just couldn’t vote since my opinion doesn’t fit any of the choices.


#7

Totally depends on the circumstances. Of course I think it’s fine in the case of a cleft palate, terrible accident, etc. As for breast implants, etc. … I don’t know. If you’re, say, an actress and you need to look younger to continue working, then I don’t see anything wrong with a face lift. If you get breast implants to attract more men, I think that would be wrong … but if you do it because you are so small-chested that you don’t feel feminine or enjoy making love to your husband, that would be fine, in my eyes.


#8

Well, I think it depends what it is too. A facelift might not be bad or maybe lypo, but I would think breast implants would be bad. I mean, that seems overtly geared to be for sexual attractiveness…

IMO, it depends on who one is trying to be sexually attractive for. It it’s for ones husband (even future husband), in many cases it’s probably okay. Hmm, lots of qualifiers there. oh, well, Also, from watching some of these shows on cosmetic surgery, I’ve learned that some unfortunate things can happen to our bodies. :o Things like sagging and lopsidedness after losing weight.

I don’t like it when people have surgery to live up to some unnatainable standard fed to us by the media/Hollywood. And sometimes I think the people getting surgery look…well, pretty good and don’t need surgery.

That said…(con’d.)


#9

(con’d)
TMI warning TMI

I would like to have some work done. Number one is this “thing” on my nose. It’s like a raised mole. These suckers run in my family. I had one removed before but this one landed on the tip of my nose. I’m staring to get distracted by it because I can sometimes see it out of the corner of my eye. It’s not dangerous. Would it be morally acceptable to have it removed?

/TMI


#10

in her post she said shes not referring to surgery for accidents, injuries, etc. so i would definitely say no. i also find it kinda sad that im the only one whos voted that it would be vain… if everyone just went around getting surgery to look how they wanna look instead of how god made them i dont think god we be too happy about it…


#11

[quote=Mycroft]in her post she said shes not referring to surgery for accidents, injuries, etc. so i would definitely say no. i also find it kinda sad that im the only one whos voted that it would be vain… if everyone just went around getting surgery to look how they wanna look instead of how god made them i dont think god we be too happy about it…
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I can’t tell if you were responding to my second post or to someone else. But if you were responding to me why don’t you think God would be happy with my removing a mole if it results in more pleasing appearance?


#12

I didn’t vote, because circumstances can be sooooo different.

Personally, I see nothing wrong with reconstructive plastic surgery. Remove scars, moles (which are irritated by clothing or can eventually become cancerous), lasix eye surgery, fix broken noses, liposuction, surgery to correct an injury or severe accident, nasal surgery for those who have sleep apnea, etc.

But things such as face-lifts, breast implants and still other implants (ahem) objectify the person and take away from human dignity, in my opinion. And certainly, implanting diamonds in your eyes (yes, people can do this now) and teeth do this also.


#13

And certainly, implanting diamonds in your eyes (yes, people can do this now) and teeth do this also


No way!
Honestly, if I had the money I would more than likely do it. BUT surgery has risks, so if one died while on the table can one honestly say they died for a 'good" reason. AS if there was ever a good reason, but to die because of vanity to me seems to be silly.


#14

Sweet, burns, car accidents, cleft pallets are a totallly different story. I think it’s called reconstructive surgery rather than just “plastic”.


#15

i also find it kinda sad that im the only one whos voted that it would be vain… if everyone just went around getting surgery to look how they wanna look instead of how god made them i dont think god we be too happy about it…
:thumbsup:


#16

Seems to me it’s just women responding mostly to this thread? I would venture to say that the vast majority of people getting PS are women…what does this say to us?


#17

NOTE: I’m speaking only in terms of purely cosmetic surgery here…for vanity’s sake.

One must carefully examine their motives first. Weigh all the risk factors, etc… Society/media really does a good job at making us feel like we don’t measure up to a particular standard. Women who have small breasts often feel “less feminine” or sexy. As if the answer lies in bigger breasts…please!! We are a shallow society and only getting shallower by the minute. It is really very sad. We allow ourselves to be driven by the media and fashion worlds.

I think if we spent more time trying to improve our spiritual selves instead of our physical selves that our world would be a lot better off. Invest in reconstructing your soul instead of your breasts…your ultimate reward will be far greater than anything you’re promised by a plastic surgeon.


#18

People waste money on all kinds of things - expensive cars, clothes we don’t need, the lastest gadgets (oh how DID we cope without cell phones that can take pictures???) Plastic surgery is just one more place. It’s not where I’d throw my money, but it’s your business if that’s where you want to throw yours.

Having said that, I think we all must be mindful of what Jesus asks of us… feed the poor, clothe the naked, take care of widows and orphans… Someday we will give an accounting.

Peace,
CM


#19

I have to admit–I strongly believe purely cosmetic surgery is a sin. It’s violating the Temple of the Holy Spirit, and exposing yourself to unnecessary risks. Reconstructive surgery, or surgery to correct a medical problem, is entirely different.

BloodRain, I have moles in my family as well. Removing off a mole can be perfectly fine. Just to tell you, though–I had one removed off my chin in high school during the summer, and it grew back before school started back up again. So there’s the chance that even if you get it removed, it could grow back. My husband tells me he doesn’t see my moles and large freckles when he looks at me (and I know he’s telling the truth), so even though they are all I see when I look in the mirror, others don’t necessarily see them.


#20

[quote=Blood Rain]Would it be morally acceptable to have it removed?

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Blood Rain, there is nothing that I know of that forbids the removal of a mole on the end of your nose. Of course, any of the usual considerations apply, is it a good used of your money or are your finances too tight, is it a risky surgery, is it easy to hide with a creme, does it bother you or do you not really care about it, just your basic thoughts. If after weighing all the considerations you know it is the right choice for you, then have it removed. I have no idea the impact that mole has on you or other people, only you do, so it has to be you who evaluates the merits of removal.


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