Is there an Ayurvedic view of plastic surgery?

Dear Deepak,

Lately, out of my insecurities, I have been toying with the idea of doing plastic surgery for my nose.  Yet at the same time, I am aware that  I want to develop my spiritual life (I have been practicing yoga for 11 years and I’ve been teaching it for the past three years) in more depth.  I am starting to meditate again.  However, being so self-conscious physically (especially as I age) and being drawn to the spiritual life are creating a lot of chaos in my mind as I don’t know what the drive for either is, although obviously the drive to meditate seems to make more sense to me.

Can you let me know what the yogic/Ayurvedic/and your perspective is about the subject of changing one’s physical appearance?

Thank you so much for your help.

Deepak Responds . . .

I don’t know if there is an official Ayurvedic position on plastic surgery, but the basic idea of yoga philosophy and Ayurveda is to restore balance and wholeness – physically, mentally, and spiritually.  A treatment such as plastic surgery would only be considered if it were essential for the overall wellbeing of the patient. Certainly in cases of disfigurement, reconstructive plastic surgery would make sense. In fact, in India  rhinoplasty has been practiced for well over two thousand years for severed noses.

In your case, since you state that your motivation arises from insecurity and concerns over the effects of aging, you will probably gain more lasting benefits by addressing your underlying insecurities, fears, and beliefs than you would from plastic surgery.  Making an effort to draw your self-value and worth through your essence rather than your outer appearance will have a profound influence on all aspects of your wellbeing.


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Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P., is the co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, the founder of the Chopra Foundation , and a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, and metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and a clinical professor in the Family Medicine and Public Health Department at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New...Read more