Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | January 3, 2009

Pentecostal Herald: Plastic Reality – An Apostolic’s Experience with Plastic Surgery

Plastic Reality: An Apostolic’s Experience with Plastic Surgery  

Anonymous

I read online about an eighteen-year-old girl in Florida who died after a bad reaction to anesthesia. She had just undergone breast augmentation surgery. The article said that in 2006 3,087 women aged eighteen and under had breast augmentation in the United States. In 2007, twice as many (7,882) under the age of eighteen had that surgery. I am sure that many of these girls believed they had valid medical reasons for the surgery. Is having plastic surgery for whatever reason worth the risk?

Unrealistic Pressures

Life in America is full of pressure to look a certain way. Young girls in particular feel the need to conform to “model” standards. Apostolic girls and women are not immune to that pressure. In fact, they have pressure on both sides—pressure to be beautiful by society’s standards and to be modest and holy by biblical standards. The spiritual battle is intense, and there are many untended wounds in the hearts of our ladies.

Many apostolic women do not escape the pressure to choose plastic surgery. For some it may be the answer to an out-of-control weight problem, for others it may be the answer to out-of-control self-esteem problems.

My Confession

I am one of those women who chose plastic surgery. I have never cut my hair, but I had a doctor to cut my face. When I was sixteen years old, I underwent rhinoplasty and chin augmentation—a nose reduction and a chin implant to balance my facial features. I thought it was the answer to stop the hurting inside—to stop feeling inadequate because of my looks.

Perhaps plastic surgery is not much different [BC1] than people who slice their wrists because of emotional pain. Maybe it is not much different than people who tattoo their bodies. Maybe the difference is that not everyone knows about the plastic surgery—I can still look “apostolic” after plastic surgery. People will not know unless I tell. I have told some, but regretted it because they did not know how to respond. They cut me off emotionally.

Life hurts. We hurt each other. Sometimes we hurt ourselves. We psychologically beat ourselves for inadequacies and imperfections that we cannot overcome except for the grace of God.

Surgery on the Soul

If you are considering plastic surgery, it is not my intention to preach to you. I just want to tell you from my own experience that changing the outside will not change the inside. Have I overcome my low self-esteem? Yes, but plastic surgery did not do it for me. I had to work for it, and I must continue to work to keep healthy self-esteem. 

Do I still feel inadequate in many areas of my life? Yes, but I know that someday in this life I will no longer feel that way. My decision to have plastic surgery will stay with me for the rest of my life. When the weather is cold outside my face hurts, and my chin and lip have been numb lately. There is no going back physically when it comes to body alteration, just like there is no going back physically when it comes to drugs, sex, hate, and adultery. Even if we repent, we live with the consequences of our decisions.

I am thankful I serve a God who moves me beyond my bad choices. He takes me to new levels, new mentalities, and new perspectives. He is constantly changing me. Yet He remains constant. He remains faithful. His grace remains sufficient. I am thankful for the cross. I am thankful that Jesus accepted scars in His hands and in His side.

Anonymous spends her time reading, writing, and encouraging those who need it. She prays that more apostolic women and girls will see their own beauty and glorify God with it.

[BC1]I’m not sure what she is saying here. Did she mean to say “is not much different”?


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