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Plastic surgery linking to mental health


Aoa, thank you for taking the time to read this, I will try to keep it concise. I have a question I have been researching for a long time and have found various answers. I wanted to know the ask about plastic surgery.
I have always disliked my nose. It’s huge and makes me feel really insecure. At first, I just accepted it. But it’s becoming harder and harder to live my life. My nose is my biggest insecurity and it really effects me every single day. It has shattered my self confidence and self esteem. I have bad anxiety and depression due to disliking the way I look, purely due to my nose. It stops me from doing regular things, including talking to people. I am in first year university and my nose is stopping me from being social and making friends. Whenever I talk to someone I feel as though they are just looking at my nose and it makes me feel so self conscious, therefore I avoid talking to people. I hate it so much it makes me isolate myself. I have been talking to my parents about getting a rhinoplasty (nose surgery) from when I was 16. I am 19 now. My depression is ruining my life. I am only 19, as I get older it’s just going to get worse.
I know you may not think of this as a big deal and think I should just get over it and be grateful that I have a nose in the first place. However, this is way more than me just disliking it. Depression is an illness and this is really effecting my mental health. I don’t know how much longer I can take this. I need a rhinoplasty not just to make myself more beautiful, I need it as it is effecting my mental health. I feel as thought the rhinoplasty is my only way of overcoming my mental illness and living a normal life. I am a very strong believer of the ahlulbayt and strongly believe in Allah. Please please get back to me on this – I need this surgery so bad. I will pray for forgiveness every single day – I just really really need this, this is killing me.

Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you so much.


Wa Alaykumussalam

Thank you for your query.

Plastic surgery is allowed if it is done by the same-sex Doctor (i.e: male doctor for the male patient and a female doctor for the female patient) and if there is no harm for you.

Don’t make your intention for the cosmetic surgery to be a surgery so you can become beautiful and attract non Mahram.

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider