When is it ok for a Catholic to get Plastic surgery?
Some people seem to believe it’s only OK when it’s reconstructive and the defect interferes with physical function-eg a cleft palate causing someone difficulty breathing.
But according to this rationale,then any form of beautification should also be classed as sin.
For example:shaving legs for looks purposes,wearing makeup,plucking brows for looks purposes,teeth whitening,teeth straightening for looks purposes etc…
Others say motive is what matters,but if we’re honest then a lot of people’s motives probably do at least involve some factors regarding societies greater acceptance of prettier and younger people in the workforce/social settings,personal insecurities,wanting to be more attractive to husband/opposite sex etc…
Is it vanity to want to look like a prettier more healthier version of yourself?
Is it a sin because we are trying to change ourselves instead of societies warped views?
Eg:the person who gets surgery/fillers because they can’t get that hotel front desk job or air hostess job they want because they don’t look polished and presentable enough-are they sinning because they arn’t challenging that these industries only employ women that look a certain way?
Or the person who gets surgery because their face(or body) has sagged due to rapid weight loss or inflammatory factors from stress?
On one hand,they just want to look normal-what they looked like before,but are they being vain because their putting excessive focus on beauty or taking their self worth based off their looks?
Is it wrong to want to be attractive?
Even flowers and babies are born with natural beauty.
On the other hand I don’t like how celebrities are “worshipped” for being beautiful(eg:Angelina Jolie,Catherine Zeta Jones etc…") and how there’s such huge gender double standards with such pressure that women have to be attractive/beautiful to be “someone” and I don’t like how older women often become invisible and unnoticed and find it hard to get employment due to no longer being youthful/fresh/pretty.