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6 Christian Plastic Surgeons Talk About Their Cosmetic Surgery Practice

By    |   Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:09 AM

Some Christians consider cosmetic surgery morally wrong. Others see it as a way to glorify God — particularly by providing life-changing procedures on mission trips to disadvantaged countries.

Here are six Christian plastic surgeons talking about their practice:

1. Dr. Robert Chandler of Memphis, Tennessee is a Christian who has been in the practice of plastic surgery for 15 years. He is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and has a deep-seated faith in Jesus Christ, with a strong commitment to his family and church. Chandler uses his faith in helping care for his patients in a kind and thorough manner with an emphasis on integrity and commitment to excellence. According to his website, one of his favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths."

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2. Dr. Michelle Vessely of Portland, Oregon is a cosmetic surgeon who enjoys volunteering at her church and has gone on trips with the J.P. Clawson Medical Mission Foundation to Ecuador, Kenya, Zambia and Mexico. The most visibly life-changing procedure she carries out on the trips involve cleft lip repair in which she states on her website, "changes the child's life most certainly."

3. Dr. Louis Carter and his wife, registered nurse Anne Carter, are full-time missionaries with SIM International, an independent evangelical Protestant mission organization. The Christian Medical & Dental Association presented them the 2013 Educator of the Year Award. According to their website, the Carters indicated they follow this instructions given to the Romans by Paul: "In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well."

4. Dr. Joseph Clawson is president of the J.P. Clawson Medical Mission Foundation, which has carried out more than 3,000 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeries free of charge over the past 26 years in Ecuador, Africa and the Philippines. According to his website, one 31-year-old patient from Zimbabwe who had both a cleft lip and palate worked on. Dr. Clawson writes: "After completion of repair of both the deformity of his lip and palate, his girlfriend decided that she wanted to marry him. He has agreed to give his future mother-in-law six cows for the wedding endowment."

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5. Dr. William Rigano of Advanced Breast & Cosmetic Surgery in Centerville, Ohio recently completed his third medical mission trip to Gabon, Africa where he and two other physicians provided much-needed surgical care to patients over the course of two weeks, according to Hawaii News Now. Advanced Breast & Cosmetic Surgery, founded by Rigano, is a company with core values of community involvement, Christian values and medical awareness with social responsibility. Their mission is to provide each patient with individual attention, safe care and beautiful, natural results.

Dr. Stephen Beals, one of Arizona's top plastic surgeons, is a Christian who practices craniofacial and cosmetic surgery in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic, according to Christianity Today. According to his website, Dr. Beals has made medical evangelical mission trips to Mexico and traveled to Vietnam to train plastic surgeons. He operated in Arizona on children brought from countries that include Guatemala, Armenia, Russia, Mexico, Cambodia, Vietnam and Peru.

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