The term “cosmetic” is intentionally misleading: look at the brutality of these procedures.
But the program itself remains officially classified, along with the rules and procedures that guide it—if they even exist.
And two years earlier, it was estimated that more than 5.8 million procedures were performed across Asia.
1610s, "fact or manner of proceeding," from French procédure "manner of proceeding" (c.1200), from Old French proceder "to proceed" (see proceed). Meaning "method of conducting business in Parliament" is from 1839.
procedure pro·ce·dure (prə-sē'jər)
A series of steps taken to accomplish an end.
A surgical operation or technique.