Assalamy-aleikum everyone. I'm a medical secretary for a plastic surgeon. He mostly deals with skin cancer patients and reconstruction work after traumatic surgery, injury or serious birth defects. A small fraction of his patients come to see him for cosmetic work as well, breast enlargement, nose jobs etc. It's not his main interest and it's just a small source of his income, but he will occasionally do them.
I don't get paid by him directly, but through the hospital. He pays a fee to the hospital to use a secretary.
I mostly just type his letters, send invoices and prepare the patient files. I want to know if my money is clean and the work I do isn't haraam. And that it doesn't prevent me from giving zakat/sadaqah and getting the rewards from that.
Thanks for your advice!
By analytical Studies for Cosmetic Surgeries, the fat aspiration (liposuction) procedures are the most common wanted surgeries. In addition, other body contouring surgeries (like abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, breast surgeries ...etc), come in the second level for the common plastic surgeries all over the world. Chemical peeling, Nose-Reshaping (Rhinoplasty) and Ear-Reshaping (Otoplasty) are also common surgeries. These studies attribute the increase in demand for cosmetic surgery to several factors, including: increasing the proportion of older persons in the distribution of the population, rising incomes, as well as the new methods of plastic surgery that made it easier, safer and faster, prompting many to rush out without fear of pain or long recovery periods.
So the Questions are, that cosmetic surgeries are frivolous or luxury or a real need for improvement organic and psychological status? And what are the opinions of cosmetic surgeons, what are the opinions of Islam scientists?
Cosmetic Surgery specialist actually differs from the general surgeon, cosmetic surgeon deals with the following types of peoples who need: 1 - Cosmetic Surgeries: as reshape of nose and ear, and eyes, hair implantation, Obesity and excess skin in all over the body, breast or buttocks augmentation and reduction of huge male breast. 2 - Reconstructive Surgeries: as treating of congenital defects as cleft lip, rebuild wounded organs as hand, breast reconstruction after mastectomy, reform broken nose after an accident and removing the effects of skin distortions and scars of previous surgeries. 3 - Microscopic surgery: as re-implanting of amputated parties, tissue and muscle transfer, liver implantation, micro-vascular surgeries and peripheral nerve surgeries. 4 - Burns: as treatment of severe burns and late burn deformities and scars.
However, there are many unnecessary plastic surgeries in love with only a change of form, and harmony with the model circulated by Hollywood or the media; as much talk about the female attempts to breathe like the lips of American actress Jane Smith and similar sports stars and other, which is in essence non-core are not connected with the concealment of defects, or to address problems in the body. These types of surgeries are common in Europe and America.
In Egypt and Arab countries, the Cosmetic surgeries started to be public, especially after advancement in medical equipments and availability of well trained highly qualified Arab Plastic Surgeons, since eighties.
The accepted plastic surgery There are many conditions where plastic and cosmetic surgeries are acceptable. Allah Says in Quran: "We have created man in the best stature," and we have already mentioned that one of the categories that describe plastic surgery is the reconstruction surgeries, and God created man in the best of creation, but as a result of certain conditions or certain diseases a part may lose its form or functions, and here plastic surgeon can reconstruct these parts to regain their natural forms and functions. The origin of humanity to be beautiful, and people took the wrong idea about the topic and entered in the subject of Halal and Haraam.
The Qualified Plastic Surgeon should avoid religiously unacceptable surgeries. For example, if a person has a deviation or curvature of the nose, however, the origin of creature of the nose should be a natural harmonious, so, we can reshape his nose (Rhinoplasty). In this situation, we do not change anything in the created nose but we regain the original form. We deal with complaints, which may psychologically affect the patient or generate alienation from the others around him or from himself. So, we should solve these psychological problems before treatment of the patients' deformities.
Anthropometric Studies have stated that every part of the face (nose, mouth and ear, eye, etc...) has proportional dimensions with the other facial features. For the majority of population, these proportions are fixed. However, some people have proportions that differ from the normal ones. For example, the nose occupies middle one fifth of the facial width and the middle one third of the facial height. If the dimensions of the human nose are beyond these proportions, this nose is abnormal and may cause psychological problems. Here, there is a true need to correct this dimensions to fit the normal proportions by nose reshaping. But, if the proportions of the nose are within the normal ranges, there is no need for cosmetic surgery.
Some people consider the plastic surgeries are luxuries; however, it may be the meaning of life to others. For example, if a woman has small atrophied breasts that reduce her femininity and cause psychological problems?! Breast augmentation using an external prosthesis is the best way to regain her femininity and to solve her problem, why she can not do this operation?! The others do not consider it to be important, but for her, she may lose her husband and her life at all. On the contrary, if a woman has huge breasts, that cause back ache, she should think about breast reduction to get rid of pain.
Therefore, the vast majority of patients have cosmetic complaints effective, except for few exceptions. As we have stated in advance of such operations religious and morally acceptable and there is no deviation from the Islamic beliefs. The patient comes to us named Abdullah, also came out Abdullah is not changed, but his deformities were corrected or modified. If we will change God's creation, we will remove the nose and put it somewhere else!!
We do not think that people are generally opposed to these issues, but they are looking for reassurance; because they fear no man's land (Haraam). To say that plastic surgery is considered an interference in the trunks of creation, is to ignore the fact that the miraculous nature of creativity and begin the moment of fertilization and one cell to end after nine months of pregnancy to the thousands of billions of cells that have been developed to provide a well-thousands of jobs unique staggering, hence man's creation is only a fraction of universe beauty and creativity. The plastic surgery is to add a touch of beauty to one of these posts. We can not say that the use of air-conditioned is to interfere in God's creation. Therefore, Islam does not oppose the rights to make man-life more comfortable, productive and happy. Talk or Hadith of our Lord Mohammed bin Abdullah Allah bless him and peace says: "God loves a beautiful beauty."