Plastic Surgery : A Moral Standpoint

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Almost everyone you know knows someone who has had “work” done. Whether you agree with the decision or not, you assign a judgment as to why they had plastic surgery. There are numerous sources sharing statistics on plastic surgery, and shares, “In the past year, plastic surgeons performed nearly 14 million cosmetic procedures with total surgeon fees exceeding $10 billion. … The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased over 252% from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for women were: breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, and breast lift.” It raises the question, why are so many people turning to plastic surgery? The bigger question is does it matter why? We should not judge from a moral standpoint those who to choose to have plastic surgery, as there are many unseen factors which influence the decision. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have been taught our body is a temple. We have repeatedly been told to not get tattoos or do other things to our body to destroy our “temples.” Elder D. Todd Christofferson said in the October 2010 General Conference, “Acknowledging these truths and the direction of President Thomas S. Monson in last April’s general conference, we would certainly not deface our body, as with tattoos; or debilitate it, as with drugs; or defile it, as with fornication, adultery, or immodesty.” A simple search on shows many talks given over the years about the

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