fbpx
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Cosmetic Procedures and the Jewish Community: Yay or Nay?

Print This Article
https://jewishjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/jj_avatar.jpg
Bob Gorman
I'm a freelance writer and passionate blogger who likes writing articles on different types of topics, contributing to several other blogs. When I'm not blogging I love traveling and meeting other cultures.

In today’s rapidly changing world, one individual’s decision has enough power to change the collective opinion on any given topic. This is true of cosmetic procedures, as well, as more and more people are opting to have something done to their face or body, in order to postpone the signs of aging. Everyone is free to do as they please when their own body is at stake. But what do you do when religion is involved?

The Judaic faith, for example, does hold the belief that our bodies are not our personal property per se and that they should not have tampered with just out of aesthetic concerns. However, not all cosmetic procedures are created equal and opinions in the Jewish community may vary accordingly. Let us look at some of the most popular cosmetic interventions and see which of them may be frowned upon:

1. Anti-Wrinkle Injections

 

There was a time when the press exposed some very well-preserved faces in Hollywood as having been done with Botox. Otherwise known as botulinum toxin, Botox is a popular anti-wrinkle injection that has gained popularity across the globe precisely due to the fact that it is a non-invasive intervention, whose effects are quickly noticeable.

These anti-wrinkle injections typically act as an inhibitor of the impulses sent from the brain’s nervous system, that controls the movement of muscles. The muscles are completely relaxed in under two weeks and can remain like that for three to eight months. For anywhere from $200-$400, you can easily opt for an around-the-eye treatment or a frown-line procedure. To this end, although this is a non-invasive procedure, you’d better talk to your rabbi if you are on the fence regarding it.

2. Microdermabrasion

 

This procedure is like the exfoliation you do at home but on a larger and more efficient scale. It literally removes dry skin and trapped oil, by exfoliating it and vacuuming it away. The results are also a bit more long-lasting than your average at-home facial scrub – you can expect to look and feel more radiant for up to three weeks. With microdermabrasion, there is no pain involved and you can expect it to be a relatively affordable procedure, depending on where you go. It’s safe to say that you can schedule an appointment for this procedure and be guilt-free about it!

3. Fillers

 

Fillers are exactly what their name suggests them to be. They are basically injectable substances that act as a substitute for collagen. Many women resort to this at a time in which their body’s production of natural collagen is at a lower rate than in previous years, leaving behind skin that has lost its volume.

These fillers are mostly used in the facial area and can both fill in lines and lift areas that are lacking that natural, youthful volume. The effects are immediate and can last anywhere from six months to up to a year. As with anti-wrinkle injections, we recommend speaking to your rabbi for your peace of mind.

4. Cosmetic Surgery

 

Cosmetic surgery comes in all forms – breast augmentation or reduction, liposuction, rhinoplasty, facelifts and so on. This one is the trickiest of them all, as it implies that you actually undergo surgery in order to change something about your appearance.

To this end, the Torah commands that one’s health and values are to be nurtured and maintained at all cost while mutilating one’s body is certainly a sin in the eyes of God. Throughout time, this view was challenged by some rabbis who claimed that as long as these so-called mutilations are not done with malice and to hurt oneself, they are passable acts that in the end will help you alleviate greater psychological pains.

Regarding delicate matters such as undergoing anti-aging treatments, there is no absolute right or absolute wrong when it comes to the moral integrity of your actions. If you abide by Judaic traditions and faith, make sure to pay a visit to your rabbi and ask for their opinion on what bothers you and what you’d like to have changed. Regardless of the outcome, what is certain is that you need to be at peace with yourself, both spiritually and personally.

Did you enjoy this article?

You'll love our roundtable.

Enjoyed this article?

You'll love our roundtable.

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Essays and Columns of 2020

Latest Articles

Culture

Latest Articles
Latest

Are We Planting Too Many Trees?

With Tu Bishvat approaching, Jews around the world are planning to plant trees to commemorate the obligation to care for the natural world.

How Should We Address a Tree?

Now how should we address a tree? Perhaps as you, perhaps as thee, suggesting there’s a parity between us. Familiarity is clear in French if we use “tu” to...

ADL CEO Calls for Removing Ayatollah Khamenei From Twitter

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to remove Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei from its platform in a January 22 letter.

The Lingering Questions of the 2020 Election

It would be a colossal mistake for Democrats to continue to dismiss the lingering concerns of Trump voters.

Israel Surpasses 1 Million Fully Vaccinated with Both Doses

As of Monday morning, 1,106,506 people had received the two doses, representing 12.45 percent of the population, according to the Ministry of Health.

Hollywood

Podcasts

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.

x