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Writing Task 1: Plastic surgery in Korea


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The graphs below compare the number of cosmetic procedures performed on males and females in Korea in 2004.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

Model Answer A: IELTS Band 5+

The two graphs provided show how popular different kinds of plastic surgery were among Korean men and women in 2004.

It is clear that plastic surgery was quite popular among women. The most common types of surgery for this group were eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty, with 320,000 and 275,000 operations respectively. Laser skin resurfacing was third, at 215,000. Meanwhile, breast enlargement and liposuction were a little less common. There were just 145,000 and 120,000 of these operations.

As for Korean men, most kinds of plastic surgery were much less popular. Hair transplantation was the most common type of surgery for this group; however, there were only 60,000 of these operations. The second most popular kind of plastic surgery for men was laser skin resurfacing, with 55,000 operations. Rhinoplasty was the third most common, at 40, 000 operations. Last of all, abdominoplasty and facelifts were much less popular-there were just 19,000 and 14,000 of these operations respectively.

Interestingly, no hair transplantation, abdominoplasty or facelift operations were reported among Korean women in 2004. Similarly, no liposuction, breast enlargement or eyelid surgery procedures were conducted on men.

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Model Answer B: IELTS Band 7+

A glance at the two figures provided reveals the popularity of various forms of cosmetic surgery among Korean men and women 2004.

Not surprisingly, plastic surgery enjoyed widespread popularity among women. By far the most common forms of cosmetic procedure for this group, eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty were performed a staggering 320,000 and 275,000 times respectively. Third in terms of popularity, meanwhile, was laser skin resurfacing. An approximate 215,000 of these procedures were conducted on women during the year in question. Breast enlargement and liposuction were considerably less common, at 145,000 and 120,000 operations respectively.

Equally predictable is the fact that plastic surgery war far less popular among men. In contrast to women, hair transplantation was the most common cosmetic procedure. There were just 60,000 of these operations among Korean males. Numbering some 55,000 procedures, laser skin resurfacing was second for this group. Third was rhinoplasty, at approximately 40,000 operations. Finally, a relatively small 19,000 abdominoplasty and 14,000 facelift procedures were carried out on men during 2004.

It is interesting to note that hair transplantation, abdominoplasty and face lift patients wre exclusively male, while 100 percent of liposuction, breast enlargement and eyelid surgery patients were female.

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