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"have a face lift" = a surgical procedure in which doctors tighten the skin on the face to remove wrinkles

"I'm sure that the actress had a facelift so would look younger than she really is."


"nose job" = an operation to improve the appearance of one's nose

"He's considering a nose job because he says people always comment on his nose."

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Cosmetic Surgery
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Name five different types of cosmetic surgery and discuss why people select these procedures.

HELPFUL TIP: Many people decide to undergo cosmetic surgical procedures including a tummy tuck to improve their appearance; other people choose reconstructive surgery to correct deformities due to accidents or disease. Search the Internet to educate yourself on these options.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions based on the information you hear. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. According the mini lecture, which situation was NOT mentioned as an example for reconstructive surgery?
A. A young child is severely burned in a house fire.
B. A woman isn't satisfied with the shape of her stomach.
C. A man lost part of his ear in a boating accident.

2. What other effects do physical deformities have on the individual who bears them?
A. a lack of self-worth
B. inability to find work
C. fewer educational opportunities

3. What other services do volunteers provide to the country where they perform reconstructive surgery?
A. fund-raising activities
B. physical therapy
C. local health care training

4. How does this volunteer work benefit the providers of such surgical procedures?
A. These experiences give doctors and nurses valuable in-field training opportunities.
B. Volunteers establish connections for future medical research.
C. Health care workers develop deeper understanding of the sufferings of others.

5. What is one way everyday people can help such causes?
A. educate themselves on the issues
B. make financial contributions
C. adopt unwanted children


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3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Do research on an organization that provides medical services, particularly cosmetic surgery, to people in developing countries. Report on the organization's mission, the regions of the world where the organization has performed such care, and how everyday people can become involved. Would you consider volunteering if you had the expertise to perform cosmetic procedures for the needy?

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