Centuries of Development: The History of Cosmetic Surgery
Many people choose cosmetic surgery to bolster self-esteem and to recover their feelings of youth and confidence. However, these are not the only reasons people seek cosmetic surgery and, for many years, were not even considered good enough reasons to go “under the knife!”
The History of Cosmetic Surgery
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there is evidence that medical treatments were used on facial injuries as long as 4,000 years ago. Skin grafts may have been performed in India as early as 800 B.C., but it was not until the 19th century that there was real progress made in the scientific research necessary to perfect quality plastic surgery procedures. “Plastic” means “to mold or give form” and this surgery was called plastic surgery because the goal of early surgeons was to create regularity and form out of chaos.
The first noted plastic surgeon was Dr. John Peter Mettaur, born in 1787 in Virginia. He performed the first cleft palate operation in 1827 with instruments of his own design.
World War I brought many opportunities for physicians to practice facial and reconstructive surgery. Plastic surgeons work on those who had been disfigured on the battlefield, and the techniques they perfected were then translated into aesthetic surgery for those suffering from disfigurements due to birth defects or accidents. The decades after World War I released more and more freedom for surgeons to offer plastic surgery as an elective option for those who wanted to improve their looks.
The 1980s and 1990s saw a surge in interest in plastic surgery. Suddenly, plastic surgery was not reserved for those with serious scars or other defects but could be accessed by anyone who wanted to reverse the clock or change his or her appearance for the better.
And Today . . .
Today, cosmetic surgery has come leaps and bounds forward from its beginnings. Today’s plastic surgeons are able to give those who want to change their appearance a wide variety of choices. Everything from tummy tucks, face lifts and upper arm lifts are possible with today’s plastic surgery methods.
Sadrian Plastic Surgery continues the proud traditions of early plastic surgeons by focusing on helping every patient achieve the look he or she wants. With safe, professional services, Sadrian Plastic Surgery is able to offer you the very best in cosmetic surgery options.