Chin Implants Become More Popular in US

May 11, 2012

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. implant (n.) 
[im-plant, -plahnt] – something placed inside or attached to a body part through an operation
Example: Doctors used plastic implants in his heart to keep him alive.

2. cosmetic (adj.) [koz-met-ik] – refers to something that improves someone’s physical appearance
Example: She cannot leave home without putting on cosmetic products on her face.

3. youthful (adj.)  [yooth-fuhl] –having a young quality
Example: Eating healthy foods helps make someone look youthful.

4. facelift (n.) [feys-lift] – an operation to remove facial signs of aging, such as wrinkles
Example: She looks 10 years younger because of her facelift.

5. procedure (n.) [pruh-see-jer] –  (in medicine) an operation or treatment
Example: My mother needs medical procedure to improve her health.

Read the text below.

Chin implants are the fastest growing form of cosmetic surgery in the US, says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

ASPS recently reported that a total of 20,680 chin operations were done in 2011, an increase of 71% since 2010. The numbers of men and women undergoing the operation were also almost the same.

Malcolm Roth, president of ASPS, said that people think about getting chin implants for the same reason they would get facelifts—to bring back their youthful looks.  

On the other hand, some patients have their jawlines changed not just to look younger. One patient said her double chin was very obvious in pictures and video chats, so she wanted it fixed.

However, British plastic surgeon James McDiarmid says that a chin implant is rarely done as a single procedure. Chin implants are usually part of a package of other cosmetic procedures, such as reducing the size of one’s nose.  In such case, the chin is made bigger to make the nose look smaller.

Liposuction still remained the most common type of cosmetic procedure in the US, with 325,332 operations last year. The next most popular were breast implants, with 316,848 operations.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What do you think are the positive effects of cosmetic surgery? What are its negative effects?
·         Apart from getting cosmetic procedures, what else can someone do to feel better about their appearance?

Discussion B

·         Why do you think people want to change their appearance?
·         Do you think good looks are necessary to achieve success in life? Why or why not?


May 11, 2012