“Is it wrong to undergo cosmetic surgery?” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

Cosmetic surgery, which refers to an operation carried out to improve one’s physical appearance, is in itself legitimate. Some examples are nose job, face lift, breast reconstruction, eyelid surgery, and liposuction. There are varied reasons why people undergo aesthetic surgery: to remove congenital deformities (such as an extra 6th finger), to remedy physical anomalies resulting from accidents, to enhance beauty (especially for those who have low body image). Modern society places a high value on beauty of the human body. Thus, an attractive physical appearance is important to get a job, to win a sale or business contract, to maintain or boost a career (as in the case of TV and movie personalities), to improve self-esteem, and to find a husband.

We have to be reminded, though, not to be overly concerned with our looks and how others view us. What we should be more “obsessed” with is the care of our soul. When we lose it, we lose God and everlasting happiness. Some surgeries to maintain and enhance our soul’s great dignity and beauty are: prayers and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Confession.

(Reference: “Towards Certainty” by Fr. M. Guzman; “My Catholic Faith” by Most Rev. Louis LaRavoire Morrow; “The Media and Influence on Body Image and Beauty” by Timothy Hexton (Yahoo Contributor Network Apr 6, 2006)

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