John DiCamillo, PhD, an ethicist with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, talks about the moral and ethical considerations of cosmetic surgery and procedures. He shares how Church teaching on the dignity of our bodies and desire for beauty can help us make decisions about what cosmetic changes are good, which are neutral, and which we should avoid.

Top 3 Takeaways:

  1. The Church has never condemned cosmetic surgery in principle. Beauty is one of many goods, and we should analyze cosmetic surgery with intention, risk, and proportionality.
  2. The hard no comes when a procedure causes mutilation.
  3. Ask: is this procedure I’m considering helping me and the people around me get to heaven?

More Resources:
Pope Pius XII “Address to the Participants in the Tenth National Congress of the Italian Society of Plastic Surgeons” (National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly)
Catechism of the Catholic Church #2289
American Board of Plastic Surgery


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