Cosmetic surgery has a long and storied history. The first cosmetic surgery was reportedly undergone in ancient Greece. 16th Century syphilis patients received reconstructive rhinoplasty in experimental forms. Modern cosmetic surgery was pioneered in the first world war when hundreds of thousands of people received terrible facial injuries. Plastic surgery helped victims of war lead normal lives, and was then adapted to affect the lives of civilians positively.
Cosmetic surgery has diversified. Today, many different procedures are available, and surgery is a solution to a huge variety of aesthetic wants and needs. Here are the most effective and epoch-defining cosmetic surgery procedures that have shaped the way we shape our bodies:
Botox procedures are, by far the most common and widespread cosmetic surgeries in the world. 3 Million Botox injections are performed each year. Botox is a curious thing, indeed. Technically a toxin, the chemical is injected into the body, where it prevents muscles from spasming. This reduces wrinkles and ‘smoothing out’ the face. The procedure is often cheap due to its simplicity, but very cheap Botox injections should be viewed with suspicion.
Botox is also used to correct lazy eyes and even to prevent migraines.
FUE HAIR TRANSPLANTS
Hair transplants have a rather bad reputation. In days gone by, hair transplants looked tufty and worn and left scarring. This was due to the procedure requiring the removal of a small area of skin from which donor hairs were gathered.
Nowadays, the FUE procedure largely clears these issues up. Individual hairs are transplanted from one area of the body to another, leaving no scar tissue at all, and healing in a much quicker time. As well as the hairline and bald patch transplants, companies like hshairclinic.co.uk offer eyebrow reconstruction using this same technique.
Perhaps the most ancient of plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty was allegedly practiced by the ancient Greeks. Modern rhinoplasty was mastered during the first world war.
Liposuction is the second most popular cosmetic surgery operation globally. Perhaps a product of an unhealthy obsession with the weight that modern people have, or a reflection of the changing ideals we naturally drift towards, the popularity of liposuction is undeniable.
Although a relatively simple procedure, it can leave bruising and scarring. Liposuction should not be deemed as an alternative to healthy living.
The first breast implant was successfully achieved in the 19th century. Like many other cosmetic surgeries, it stemmed from a medical need: the patient had had part of her breast removed after a tumor had developed.
Before silicone became the favored material for breast augmentation, paraffin was used. Paraffin had a nasty habit of solidifying: forming hard lumps in the breast which then tended to melt when a person was exposed to heat!
Silicone has now given way to saline, a much safer material.
Today, breast implants are very diverse in form, with many surgeons specializing to the point where they only perform breast augmentation – such is the lucrative nature of such operations.