The People of the Cave

Is Mastopexy Permissible?

Question: I’m 21 years old and my breasts sag and I think it’s because of my natural weight loss or not wearing the proper undergarment. They are a huge source of insecurity for me and they contribute to my lack of self-confidence and psychological distress for me. I’m not married yet but I worry that my future husband won’t find them to be attractive. I don’t want to add any implants, I only want to lift them and give them a natural look. Will it be permissible to get a mastopexy?


Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. Please understand that your desire to lift your breasts and seeing yourself as imperfect only stems from the media and the onslaught of images of dolled-up teenagers who fit a certain size. The media is poisonous, damaging, unrealistic, dishonest, and senseless. Don’t trust it for a minute, let along try to mimic it.

You are already perfect

Please know that as a young woman, you are beautiful and you are exactly as Allah wanted you to be as He is the best of Creators. He makes no mistakes and you should draw strength and comfort in that. Trust Him and know that he gave you this body with a perfect plan and wisdom.

Enhance your inner self

Instead of telling you to get surgery, I will tell you to educate yourself, change the way you carry yourself, love yourself, and ask how you can help and serve others. The most powerful women that I have met in my life are educated, knowledgeable, kind, generous and humble. Their effects on others were far-reaching and they hardly spent time looking in the mirror.

Prepare for marriage in the right way

Focus on your inner qualities instead of anything else because if you give in to this weakness, it will only be followed by another. I guarantee you that your husband will find you attractive. Use your time now to prepare for marriage and refine your character and skills before moving onto the new phase of your life. I pray that Allah gives you success and happiness and utter devotion to Him above all else.

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[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.