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{Poll} Plastic Surgery

Jamie Lawson - May 03, 2012


How do you feel about plastic surgery? Is it ever appropriate?

I remember the first time someone I knew chose to get plastic surgery. 

My good friend often complained that giving birth to five children had left her body in less than ideal condition—and there were certain things that could not be improved with diet and exercise alone. After saving for a few years, she elected to have a tummy tuck and breast lift. “It’s not plastic surgery, it’s reconstructive surgery,” she told me. 

The results were amazing. Not only did her figure look great, but she also enjoyed a new level of confidence that I had never seen in her before.

Another woman I know just finished her third round of liposuction. After getting breast implants, she decided the rest of her body could look better. So she had liposuction on her thighs, back, and upper arms. But now she believes her 42-year-old face doesn’t match her youthful body. She regularly receives Botox injections to help soften the wrinkles in her face, and she is now considering an eyelift. 

To me, it seems there can be legitimate reasons for plastic surgery, but it can also be a slippery slope where someone can never be quite satisfied with his or her appearance when there is always another body part to improve upon.

So here’s my question: How do you feel about plastic surgery? Is it ever appropriate? How much is too much?

Take our poll and leave a comment below.
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Do you think plastic surgery is ever appropriate?

Have you ever had plastic surgery?

If you have had plastic surgery, what procedure did you have done?

Have you ever had laser treatments or injections such as Botox?

© LDS Living, 2012.
Comments 8 comments

blueyedpixie said...

08:39 AM
on May 03, 2012

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I had a cranioplasty to replace bone broken due to a skull fracture. As far as I am concerned that is the only reason to have plastic surgery.

arp59 said...

10:28 AM
on May 03, 2012

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Plastic surgery is not the answer for long term confidence and peace. The woman spoke about in the article that had the tummy tuck and the breast lift seems more confident now but that will not last. Nothing in mortality is permanent except for our spirits. Our bodies were made to age. Part of our test in life is to accept that and be at peace with ourselves. Old people stop competing with young people. Plastc surgery can become an unhealthy addiction. I know people that have died during plastic surgery. Don't risk your life like that. All surgeries have risks. Please don't take my comment to mean look like a slob and deal with it. No. I bellieve in being healthy. Do the best you can with the body you have. I have seen older women radiate with love and contentment. But their bodies are not as skinny as the world says they should be. They do have a lot of wrinkles but the light in there eyes bring peace and love to all who see them and surgery cannot do that. Tell yourself everyday that you are beautiful. It's just the world telling you that you are not. That tummy you have because you have children is the sign of a good mom who is willing to sacrifice worldliness for her children. Every roll and stretch mark I have in my tummy reminds me of the good choice I made to have these kids. That is how I choose to view myself. When I see an old plump wrinkly women with light in her eyes and peace in her smile I know that she is some one that I can look up to and living proof that I can be there some day too.

cathyreads said...

05:44 PM
on May 03, 2012

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It fascinates me that you've brought up this topic. From what I can tell, this has become a matter of great interest. I've already written three articles for about how popular cosmetic surgery has become in Utah and the LDS community and have been amazed at what I've found out and what people's reactions have been to the articles. Society as a whole in the United States has become very accepting of surgery to make us look better, and LDS women (and men) seem to be buying right into the idea that we need to look as good as possible, even if it means undergoing surgery.

m.s. said...

08:22 PM
on May 03, 2012

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Plastic surgery is like many other advances in technology: with the good comes the bad. You can't write plastic surgery off as en evil because many use it for vanity's sake - or just not being happy with their level of confidence. Sometimes our bodies hinder us in physical capabilties and some in emotional. A women who needs breast reduction suffers physically and emotionally. Think of all the medical advances there are - many scary and can actually increase the chances of death - but by using them you can find many benifits and be more capable of serving the Lord. I know many who are suffering - because of the way they look and are unable to go to church or serve others because of "their afflictions." Should they be denied "their healing balm.?" All of us have our own trials on earth - yet, God can provide a way for us to overcome them to serve Him better. They are not buying into the worlds perceptions - many could say that about the internet and modern technologies - yet, look at the good the internet has served God's purposes. It is a personal decision and reasoning when it comes to plastic surgery - it can be used to aide in vanity and pride: for evil. Plastic surgery can also be used to correct someone's body to help them, to ease their pain: for good. God doesn't justify what "ailments" are worthy of help and what are not. He loves all of us. He wants to help all of us - whether others justify it/endorse it or not.

coribear said...

06:45 AM
on May 04, 2012

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I have had 7 wonderful children. It is in the family that we just don't have elasticity in our skin. I have a hand full of skin for each child on my belly and have grown a cup size for each baby. I have to buy 4x to go around me, then taper down the legs. A 34 ff. the 34 should tell you I am not fat. And the back pain.I hate being on drugs for back pain. Now, at 37, I have MS and my husband has to lift me and move me around. When I fall, I get so mad thinking if I didn't have this extra stuff on me, I just might be better off. It just isn't right that some have the ability to snap back, some have the ability to exercise and diet (I did when I could) and I feel like a lazy, blubber of skin, not fat, sitting in this chair. If I had the $9,000 I would be getting it done. Not for me, but for those who have to care for me the rest of my life.

lyndon said...

10:27 AM
on May 04, 2012

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My opinion is that the issue is not necessarily plastic surgery or no plastic surgery, I think this real issue is 1) Can the money you are using to change your physical appearance be used in a better way and 2) We are all created in the image of God and by drastically changing that image, are we telling God we know better than him at what is best for our bodies (that by-the-way, are a gift from him in the first place). I personally don't think you'll be kicked out of heaven because you have a butterfly tattoo on your ankle or tummy tuck after your fifth child, but humans have a hard time staying within moderation. We see that in the gap between rich and poor, cat-like looking celebrities or people with so many tattoo's you can't tell what they used to look like as a person. Dalin H Oaks, one of the present day 12 apostles, gave an address on Good, Better, Best ( We may feel better about our physical appearance after plastic surgery but how many families in Africa can be fed with the $5000 we spent on the procedure? I've been to China and Brazil and seen first hand how poor a lot of people in this world are while those of us in first-world countries spend huge amounts of money on vanity or recreation. The Lord stated in 1834 to the Prophet Joseph Smith: "For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves. (D&C 104: 17)" So after all that, I believe we should be KIND to one another, that means looking after our neighbor (near or far), living a humble and grateful Christ-centered life and not judging others for decisions that they make when those decisions are different than ours. After all, we're all hoping to squeak past the Pearly Gates on Judgement Day anyway (at least I am!)

arp59 said...

11:48 AM
on May 04, 2012

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Only have surgery if your life depends on it.

5thisacharm said...

09:22 AM
on May 05, 2012

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I personally know two men, one LDS and one not, who are now divorced for the same reason. Both of their wives, one LDS and one not, decided to get breast implants. Both of these women became so in love with their own bodies that sharing them with just their husbands was not enough. Both had affairs. Both of these men say they did not press their wives to have the surgery in fact both say, they kept assuring their wives they were beautiful just the way they were. I'm not against plastic surgery. I have what I call the curse of the "lunch lady arms". I could wear blouses two sizes smaller if it weren't for these arms. I consider plastic surgery every time I see my naked arms. My sister did have an arm tuck and while she can wear those smaller sizes, the doctor really botched it up and there is still a self-consciousness accompanied with short sleeves. All it takes for me to stop obsessing about my arms is to see someone without an arm. When I see these soldiers return without limbs, I am immediately grateful I have mine, even with their imperfections. I also find when I am anxiously engaged in my work or service or just being a mom, I don't even think about plastic surgery. Driving through Utah and seeing all the billboards (some of which are disgusting) makes it look like Utahns are more obsessed with body image than us Southern Californians. Will I ever have that arm tuck? I'm not saying "no" but I'm guessing the money will always be needed for something more important and as long as I have two good arms, I'll just put them to work.
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