Plastic Surgery

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 20, 2019 and last updated on May 23, 2023

The discussion topic of plastic surgery is a valuable conversation topic for English learners as it offers a range of benefits for their language improvement. Engaging in discussions about celebrities’ cosmetic enhancements can enhance learners’ vocabulary related to aesthetics and medical procedures.

It also encourages the use of descriptive language and opinions, enabling learners to express their thoughts effectively. Discussing this topic also exposes learners to different cultural perspectives and societal norms, fostering a broader understanding of beauty standards and the influence of media.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

The Popularity of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is growing in popularity, especially among celebrities who choose to go under the knife to alter their looks or reverse the signs of aging. However, public opinions on the results are mixed.

Some praise the outcomes, while others believe that those who undergo plastic surgery end up looking worse. This highlights the subjective nature of beauty and fuels ongoing debates about the risks, benefits, and social impact of cosmetic procedures for famous individuals.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • go under the knife (idiom)
  • popular (adjective)
  • celebrity (noun)
  • famous (adjective)
  • fame (noun)
  • consequence (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Are celebrities getting too much plastic surgery?
  • Have you had or would you ever have plastic surgery?
  • Why do you think so many celebrities are now having plastic surgery?
  • What effect do you think these celebrities have on today‚Äôs youth?
  • What can be the negative effects of plastic surgery?
  • What are the positive things about plastic surgery?
  • Can you think of any celebrities that have had plastic surgery with positive results?
  • Can you think of any celebrities who have had plastic surgery and looked worse afterwards?
  • Should there be age restrictions on undergoing plastic surgery?
  • What advice would you give a friend or family member that was thinking of getting plastic surgery?
  • Do you think plastic surgery is more popular with men or women? Why do you think that is?
  • Can plastic surgery help boost someone's self-esteem and confidence?
  • Should there be more regulations or guidelines in place to ensure the safety and ethical practice of plastic surgery?
  • Should plastic surgery be more affordable and accessible to those who want it?
  • Can promoting self-acceptance and body positivity reduce the demand for plastic surgery?
  • How much influence does the media have on shaping our perception of beauty and our desire for plastic surgery?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.