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4/20/17 at 06:22 AM 0 Comments

4 Major Religions and Their Views on Plastic Surgery

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As more and more people seek to feel comfortable in their own skin, cosmetic procedures have continued to grow in popularity over the past couple of decades. Nowadays, procedures ranging from tummy tucks to breast enlargements have become fairly commonplace, with over 10 million people in the United States alone opting for such surgeries. But even in the face of mainstream acceptance, it's fair to ask if meddling with one's body is spiritually beneficial or not.

Since getting a facelift wasn't really an option back when most holy scriptures were written, cosmetic surgery is in a gray area as far as religion is concerned. Some spiritual leaders unilaterally condemn it, while others make allowances for it in certain instances. Of course, since there are big differences between spiritual practices, it can be helpful to take a closer look at some of the world's major religions and see how they view plastic surgery:

Christianity
Christian teachings discourage vanity, as pride is considered to be one of the man's greatest sins. God made man in his image, so it's believed that people should generally be accepting of their outward appearance. Nevertheless, there are also those who underline the fact that plastic surgery can change people's lives for the better. A much-quoted Bible passage states that Jesus himself once put back the ear of a soldier after it had been cut, thereby legitimizing man's quest to repair his body.

Hinduism
As befits a religion that dedicates an ample amount of attention to human health via its Ayurveda teachings, it's no wonder that plastic surgery itself is believed to have its origins in ancient Indian society. The Sushruta Samhita text describes the first rhinoplasty in history, despite having been written somewhere around 600 B.C. And with bleaching creams being a modern-day Indian obsession, it's safe to say that Hinduism, in general, takes a more lenient approach to bodily alternations.

Buddhism
For the most part, Buddhism isn't about the hard and fast rule as much as it is about attaining a certain level of enlightenment. This can only be done by renouncing attachment, including to one's own body. But several practitioners claim that there are many instances where certain optional procedures can be a blessing for people who have suffered disfigurements that leave them at a disadvantage in modern society.

Islam
While Islam is a famously restrictive religion on many accounts, it too makes allowances for plastic surgery in cases of congenital defects or as a solution for faults resulting from accidents. There is even a precedent in the Sunnah where Muhammad allows one of his companions to wear a nose made of gold. Still, body modifications for the sole purpose of beautification are generally frowned upon, as they are considered to be needless modifications to the creation of Allah.

All in all, it's clear to see that religious views on plastic surgery are fairly complex and multifaceted. For those who are still on the fence about it, the best thing to do is to simply use the Internet to read dedicated forums like Real Self and Cosmetic Journey where people's own views about various procedures are discussed in great detail. You'll also find various reviews of clinics and doctors, with certain places like the Cosmos Clinic garnering quite a bit of attention for their work.

That concludes our quick overview of the four major religions and their views on plastic surgery. As always, be sure to take the time to do plenty of research before making any final decision, and don't be afraid to consult people in similar situations in order to find out more about their experiences.

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