Cosmetic Surgery Should Be Banned

Cosmetic surgery is different from critical or reconstructive surgery because it is used to ‘enhance’ or ‘make different’ someone’s physical appearance. In this way, it is not essential to life or health. In 2006 more than 11 million procedures were carried out in the United States and is already a multi-billion dollar business. In other countries, like China, it is an accepted practice and its use has increased rapidly over the last few years. It has become so normal that students graduating from university are sometimes offered enhancements as a reward for performing well in school.

Level: Intermediate: B1/B2
Running Time: 90 minutes +

Materials included

This free lesson plan is suitable for adults, teenagers, and General English classes. Each plan includes:

  • A debate motion
  • A summary of the controversy
  • Points for both Pros and Cons
  • Language to use in a debate
  • Debate role cards to help identify student groups
  • An article
  • Statistics (true or false exercise)
  • Vocab for the topic


For more information on how to use this in the classroom, please have a look at our detailed post on using free lesson plans.

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Cosmetic surgery should be banned

Further reading / additional resources

Should all plastic surgery be banned?

Tighter restrictions on cosmetic surgery urged