Saturday, April 23, 2011

It's Complicated: Cosmetic Surgery

Great actors in this funny romantic comedy. I used this scene to talk about the popular topic, cosmetic/plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery is also known as reconstructive surgery. This type of surgery involves fixing a body part or facial feature that is abnormal and reconstructing it to appear normal. Often a person seeks reconstructive surgery due to a malformation that they would like to have corrected. Others need plastic surgery because of health complications due to the abnormal body part of facial feature.

Cosmetic surgery differs from plastic/reconstructive surgery because the purpose of this procedure is to take a normal body structure and improve it to make it look better and improve the person’s self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is not needed due to a deformity or health issue - the person simply wants to appear more attractive in most cases. Breast implants and breast reductions are seen as a cosmetic surgery procedure because the surgeon is enhancing the already normal body structure. 

Anti-aging procedures such as facelifts, tummy tucks, and hair replacement treatments are also common cosmetic procedures.

Taken from the great informative site Carefair

I. Half the class reads the first paragraph about plastic surgery. The other half reads the 2nd paragraph about cosmetic surgery. Then the students pair up to tell each other what they read and answer the question. Work in pairs:

1. Explain in tour own words the differences between plastic and cosmetic surgeries.

II. Students A ask questions in red; students B ask the questions in blue.

1. Would you consider having a cosmetic surgery? Why (not)? If so, in which cases?

2. Do you think cosmetic surgeries are more popular among man or women? Why does is happen?

3. What are the dangers of cosmetic surgeries?

4. What parts of your body or face would you like to change?

5. Why are cosmetic surgeries so popular in some countries, like the USA and Brazil, and not so popular in others, like Japan and China?

6. Do you think there should be an age limit for someone to have a cosmetic surgery? How young or old must one be to have a cosmetic surgery?

7. How happy are people with the cosmetic surgery results?

8. What advice would you give someone willing to have a cosmetic surgery?

9. Is cosmetic surgery playing with the way that God made us? Explain it.

10. Do you know anyone famous (or not) whose cosmetic surgery was not satisfactory? Talk about what happened.

11. Is it okay to have a cosmetic surgery to completely change the way your face looks like, creating a new identity, for example ? Why (not)?

12. If you could have a cosmetic surgery for free with the best surgeon in the world, what would you change?

II. Decide if the statements below are Risks or Benefits of cosmetic surgeries.

Collected from: Mayoclinic Smartskincare

1. Plastic surgery is expensive. In the US, a facelift costs from $6,000 to $15,000.

2. Any surgery is potentially dangerous, including plastic surgery. Complications are rare but they do occur, ranging from scarring to fatalities. Plastic surgery may be particularly risky if you have certain health conditions (e.g. diabetes).

3. Everyone is different. Some people do much better than others, even when treated by the same plastic surgeon.

4. It may take several weeks or months before your face fully recovers from plastic surgery.

5. Plastic surgery might adversely affect the physiology of your skin and underlying tissues, speeding up the aging process.

6. Dissatisfaction is possible after any type of cosmetic surgery. Surgical complications are possible, too — including excessive bleeding or infection at the surgical site.

7. Your self-esteem might improve after cosmetic surgery, but cosmetic surgery isn't likely to relieve depression or other mental health conditions.

8. Individuals who undergo cosmetic surgery find themselves emotionally more confident.

9. Blending in is sometimes quite important to people who decide to have plastic surgery, especially when they have grown up teased because of their features.

10. There are many cosmetic surgeons available in the market. Some of them we don't know much about, but many others are efficient doctors.

III. Watch the movie segment from the movie It's Complicated and answer the questions that follow:


1. Describe the scene.

2. What are her feelings about cosmetic surgery?

3. How confident is she?

4. Why do you think she wants to have the surgery done?

5. Do you think she needs a cosmetic surgery?
Justify your answer.

6. What's your opinion about the doctor? Would you trust him?

7. Do you think that the doctor motivated her to have the surgery? Why (not)?

8. What advice would you give her?


  1. One of the main reasons why so many people consider elective surgery is because they want to feel good about their appearance which in turn boosts their self esteem. A woman who has small breasts may consider cosmetic surgery for reshaping this deformity for which she might have faced ridicule in the past. While the surgery does not boost self esteem, it helps you, at least to love your body. By taking control of the way you look, you can correct something for which you have been mocked before.

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  2. I really appreciate you for posting such a wonderful blog. Many patients use the Internet when researching plastic surgery as the choice of treatment options is vast.Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are often believed to be one and the same – surgery to enhance or change the figure.

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  3. Informative video! Cosmetic surgery is usually performed to correct a physical abnormality or to enhance an otherwise normal physical feature and thus improve appearance. It offers a chance for people to change their appearance. Thanks a lot...

  4. Cosmetic surgery is common to help people look and feel better. It can be used to enhance your breasts, tuck your tummy, and change the appearance of your face. Overall, cosmetic surgeries make you fit the ideal form of beauty and look younger.

  5. Hello Friends,

    This is really interesting take on the concept. Cosmetic surgery is usually performed to correct a physical abnormality or to enhance an otherwise normal physical feature and thus improve appearance. Thanks a lot!

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  7. I would like to comment on the 10th question. Megan Fox is one of the celebrities who have gone cosmetic surgery. Honestly, she was hotter when she first appeared in hollywood. Now, she looks like an Angelina Jolie wannabe.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this nice information. Really great results, I really appreciate the Cosmetic surgeon for this improvement.

  9. "Your self-esteem might improve after cosmetic surgery, but cosmetic surgery isn't likely to relieve depression or other mental health conditions."

    I think this is quite true. If you want to relieve yourself from depression, do not go to a plastic surgeon. A psychologist or counselor is more likely to help you feel better.

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  14. I really love that video. Actually I saw the film It's Complicated (Meryl and Alec are superb and funny!) and I guess some people would feel the same way as Meryl's character especially if they are not sure about the result. The best thing to do is really talk to the surgeon, regarding what you really want to accomplish with your surgery.

  15. The post is saying that cosmetic surgery is complicated. Useful post

  16. Very interesting scenario! some times you need out of the box thinking for best advice. Yes, it is complicated (cosmetic surgery) if you know what I mean!

  17. I'm pro about cosmetic surgery, but only if it help us to change a defect or something. I underwent a nose surgery in Toronto by Dr. Edelstein, because I wasn't able to breath well, so a cosmetic surgery was inevitable, but only this one... I don't know if I would go for something else. :D

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  20. Nice post! Plastic surgeries are meant to correct structural deformities and to gain normal looks. People are more interested in taking cosmetic stegosauri such as Breast Augmentation and liposuction for just improving the appearance of the treated body part. The thing is there a lot of risks associated with taking this surgery. So consider plastic surgery only when necessary.

  21. A real Facelift surgery removes extra skin, and releases some muscles. Surgery is the only way to achieve those results. There are other treatments, such as Thermage, but the results are much more subtle, and they are not instant.

  22. Cosmetic Surgery is a way to have a self confidence. Most of the women and men already used it, to restore and enhance their beauty. But, always consider that choose the right surgeon to avoid the fail surgery.

  23. Nice post and useful information. Plastic surgery is best option for every one after happened something wrong and it is complicated but very nice. Thanks for post.