UK to Implement Stricter Regulations on Cosmetic Treatments

January 19, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

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

1. credibility /ˌkrɛd əˈbɪl ɪ ti/ (n.) – the trait of being trusted or reliable
Example: A doctor’s credibility is built on his or her ability to make patients better.

2. accreditation /əˈkrɛd ɪ teɪ ʃən/ (n.) – a certification proving one’s authority to do something
Example: The doctor lost his accreditation because of medical malpractice.

3. adverse /ædˈvɜrs, ˈæd vɜrs/ (adj.) – negative; not good
Example: Eating sweets while sick may have adverse consequences. 

4. invasive /ɪnˈveɪ sɪv/ (adj.) – referring to the need to insert medical instruments into the body
Example: Doctors use invasive tools to inject medicine that may be harmful when swallowed.

5. in the hands of /ɪn ðə hændz ʌv/ (idiom) – under the authority of
Example: The parents left the care of their sick child in the hands of the doctor.


Read the text below.
The British Department of Health (DH) is doubling its efforts to improve the medical industry’s safety and credibility when it comes to minor cosmetic treatments.

Starting this year, the DH will be establishing new accreditation policies and training standards for medical specialists who wish to perform minor cosmetic procedures. According to medical authorities, this will ensure that only trained professionals will be authorized to conduct these treatments. With the new regulations, the DH hopes to lessen adverse events and avoid incurable consequences related to cosmetic procedures.

A survey conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) reported that 58% of the patients who go through invasive cosmetic procedures experience complications. Most of these complications were caused by filler injections—many of which led to permanent damages.

The BAD conducted the survey as a response to the findings of a study published by American medical professionals. The study examined more than 20,000 minor cosmetic procedures from eight medical centers in the United States. Results show that only 36 of these procedures had complications, including swelling, bruising, and skin darkening—all of which are treatable. No serious complications were found. 

The researchers of the same study stated that minor treatments are safer and more successful compared with major surgeries. They further advised cosmetic patients to opt for a series of minor treatments instead of one major surgery in order to lessen complications. Despite their findings, however, the researchers still stressed that minor cosmetic procedures should still be left in the hands of medical professionals.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         What is your opinion on cosmetic surgeries?
·         Do you think your country also needs to implement safety and credibility regulations on cosmetic procedures? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         Why do you think cosmetic surgery is becoming a trend? Please explain your answer.
·         What would be your advice to people who want to have cosmetic surgery? Please explain your answer. 

January 19, 2015