Undergoing plastic surgery

Reference: al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan – Volume 5, Page 338, Fatwa No.455

Question: What is the ruling regarding undergoing plastic surgery?

Response: Plastic surgery as applied in [the field of] medicine is divided into two categories:

One of them [is that which] is [seeking to] beautify [oneself] by removing a defect which a person incurs as a result of an accident or other than that, wherein there is no [legal] harm (prohibition) in [doing so] because the Prophet ﷺ permitted a man whose nose was cut off during battle [to replace his nose, but] not to take on a [replacement] nose [made] from gold. [Refer to the hadeeth of ‘Urfujah bin As’ad (radhi-yAllaahu anhu) in the Sunan of Abu Daawood, at-Tirmidhee and an-Nasaa.ee]

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.