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As society evolves we are seeing and hearing more news regarding plastic surgery, trans-gender surgeries, and women going for procedures to remove bones from their feet to fit couture pumps.

No longer is surgery for saving lives or for emergencies, but when is it enough, and when is it the right thing to do?

From a psychological view people addicted to plastic surgery are experiencing body dysmorphic disorder. Body image is perception, not fact. It’s like having a drug addiction.

“Body dysmorphic disorder is a type of chronic mental illness in which you can't stop thinking about a flaw in your appearance,” the Mayo Clinic defined.

“When you have body dysmorphic disorder, you intensely obsess over your appearance and body image, often for many hours a day. Your perceived flaw causes you significant distress, and your obsession impacts your ability to function in your daily life.”

There are those of us who are not addicted to plastic surgery, but had breasts augmentations, lifts, or other procedures done. Many are Christians, and some face the question “Is it immoral to change my appearance, or is it sin?”

I don’t believe so. We can say that wearing cosmetics is a sin, having braces, or buying a new dress is wrong. If our souls and hearts are right with God and we have balance regarding plastic surgery—why are we so ready to judge?

First Peter 3:3-4 talks about putting emphasis on looks, and we do. It’s necessary to keep ourselves in check by working on the inner man.

“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.”

If we wear jewelry and spend time on ourselves to improve how we feel, it’s not a sin, but when we become obsessed then, we get into idols, and trouble. I don’t agree with everything that Bruce Jenner did, but I am not his judge, and he looks happier then before, and admitted the internal relief. There is nothing wrong with feeling good about yourself, if you feel that’s wrong—that’s false humility.

This is why so many people struggle with lack of self-worth. We can’t find total happiness in external things, only in Christ. Yet, it’s not wrong to have plastic surgery to feel better about your appearance.

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