Is Cosmetic Surgery A Sin? A PCOS Perspective

by Becky Miller on February 21, 2013

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Circa 2004, The Swan. As I read the description for the old reality TV show, my eyes widen. “Women who were judged to be ‘ugly’ are given ‘extreme makeovers’ that include several forms of plastic surgery.” My heart hurts even more to find out this show might soon be coming back to primetime TV. How will women trying to achieve PCOS weight loss be affected?

If you’ve never seen The Swan then you won’t recall the moment when ‘re-made’ women were revealed. It’s the moment when we all hold our breath, hands covering mouths, you know that moment. Let’s leave that alone for now.

What are women really trying to accomplish with an ‘extreme makeover’ to include plastic surgery? More than that, how does God feel about all of this? I’m going to be answering a few questions as we work through this together.

How Does This Affect PCOS?

When asked, most women with PCOS will tell you that they have low self-esteem. I believe this is a problem inherent in today’s society and I further wonder if this problem is not just exaggerated in women with PCOS. Here’s why. With PCOS weight loss, skin and hair as common concerns for women with PCOS, it’s no wonder that we so often consider cosmetic surgery, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers and tubular breast augmentation. I’m sure I’ve cut the list short here, but you get the idea.

Let’s Make This One Thing Clear…

I understand that there is a huge difference between reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Here are the distinctions.

  • Reconstructive or emergency surgery is in a whole other ball game. These types of surgeries are the ones that can save lives by restoring the body fully from an accident.
  • Cosmetic surgery, simply put, is surgery to enhance the outward appearance of the body only.

What are we really trying to accomplish?

So, with these definitions, it’s important to know that cosmetic surgery makes no guarantee that you will feel genuine self-worth, be accepted, valued and loved by the world. After all, isn’t that what we’re really trying to accomplish? These desires are all ones that stem from the heart, which is ‘above all things, deceitful’ (Jeremiah 17:9). Our hearts help us to FEEL emotion. Healthy and unhealthy emotions alike.

Cosmetic surgery seems to be fueled by a sense of self. As mentioned earlier, it is today’s society that thrives off of self-glory, self-vanity and self-indulgence. We want to FEEL beautiful and have others FEEL that we are, too. That is a world-view and God tells us to ‘not be conformed to this world’ (Romans 12:2) and to ‘set our minds on the things above, not on things that are on earth’ (Colossians 3:1-2).

Are we being vain? Is this a sin?

Actually, the Bible is silent on cosmetic surgery, specificallyBut God’s word DOES have a lot to say about the condition of our hearts, how we care for our temples and our motivations.

  • Motivations of the heart are all too often deceitful and we must shield ourselves against the messes they can make. Are you busy comparing yourself to other women? Do you think that IN YOUR OPINION you don’t meet society’s definition of beauty? God’s advice here, ‘don’t compare yourself to anyone else’ (Galatians 6:4). Perhaps our motivations are really a need for acceptance and love from Jesus, a heart makeover, if you will. Sounds oh so cliché, but, chew on that thought. Pray about it and see what God says to you.
  • I’m not sure that cosmetic surgery is a sin, but the motivations that lead us to consider it might be. Ask God to search your heart and perform a heart makeover if necessary. He is faithful.
  • We should remember that this doesn’t give us an excuse for not taking care of our physical temples, the vessels that carry us through life, the shells that contain the Holy Spirit within us. It’s not good enough to say that because we are ‘spiritual’ we don’t have to care for our appearance and health.

We are reflections of Jesus and therefore reflect Christ’s glory. BUT…(big but here), we should not place this at a higher priority than a relationship with God or at the cost of self-glory or self-indulgence. Our appearance, which is our conduct, clothing, skin, hair, temples should all point to Jesus, never drawing attention to ourselves, but to Jesus.

What is beauty anyways?

I want you be reminded of the fact that physical beauty is not only temporary, but is also not always a good indicator of true beauty. The most beautiful woman on the planet, PCOS or not can lose all appearance of beauty when their behavior and words don’t match up. The prettiest person you know may not be nearly as beautiful inside as you are.

You see, we ‘have been made in the image of God’ (Genesis 1:27) and He tells us thattrue beauty is found in the hidden person of the heart with the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious (1 Peter 3:4).

Final Thoughts

Yes, do the things that present you beautiful to this Earth. Yes, exercise properly for your PCOS health. Yes, wear cute clothing that is comfortable. Yes, wear make-up if you want to. But don’t forget that just because you have PCOS and the physical challenges of worldly beauty may seem tougher, you are loved no less and Christ still views you as the most beautiful thing He’s created. Do you believe it? I do.

So, back to The Swan for a second. The world can NEVER judge anybody to be ugly and the makeovers that they offer may not be as satisfying as you think or as pleasing to our Heavenly Father. Period.

Show that you believe that today, by seeing other women as Jesus does. We are ‘cysters’ in Christ. Not meant to be in competition with each other, but to encourage one another and lift our spirits when we’re down. It is my prayer that, today, you KNOW you are loved and beautiful and that you shine that to the world for all to see. Bring a cyster along with you!

 

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