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Orthodox Views on Cosmetic Surgery

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Rabbi Ari Shvat

Av 18, 5777
Question
What is the Orthodox view of cosmetic surgery for women?
Answer
Cosmetic surgery for women is definitely allowed, and if a woman’s looks may be preventing her from getting married, it’s even encouraged. Similarly, a great halachic authority, HaRav Dov Leor has publicized his response that in certain specific cases, one may even transgress the Shabbat to minimize permanent scarring to a woman’s face, even if her life isn’t endangered.
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