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What is the Islamic point of view on cosmetic surgery, such as laser eye surgery, breast implants, liposuction etc., considering that some people recognize them as things which increase the quality of one's life and or self-esteem, while others say that we should not change that which Allah has given to us?
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What is the Islamic point of view on cosmetic surgery, such as laser eye surgery, breast implants, liposuction etc., considering that some people recognize them as things which increase the quality of one's life and or self-esteem, while others say that we should not change that which Allah has given to us?
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Cosmetic surgery is not problematic as long as it doesn’t cause harm to the body.

 

Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Response

Cosmetic surgery, per se, is permissible as long as it doesn’t require a non-mahram making skin contact with one (the patient) or require any other category of sin.

 

Grand Ayatollah Makarim’s Response

It isn’t problematic at all as long as it doesn’t involve or is not associated with any haram act; assuming a haram act is involved (e.g. a non-mahram sighting one’s genitalia or making skin contact with one), cosmetic surgery will only be permitted on occasions of necessity.

 

Grand Ayatollah Bahjat’s Response

Obligatory precaution requires one to abandon taking such an action.

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