Cosmetic surgery may seem like a new concept, but this timeline will show you how old the practice is.
This timeline represents the history of plastic surgery. It dates back significantly and was previously used for medical reasons rather than cosmetic.
Medical turned cosmetic
Between the 1960s and 1970s, there was clearly deeper research into the cosmetic side of plastic surgery. What could be considered as vanity procedures were developed. These include breast implants, buttock augmentation and botox for cosmetic use.
Most cosmetic procedures were first used for medical reasons. For example, the breast implant was developed after a woman had a tumour removed and the doctor used an implant to reshape the breast.
Botox was also originally used for eye and facial muscles disorders. Now it is used to prevent ‘frown lines’ and ‘crows feet’ around the eyes and mouth.
It seems that now there is a plastic surgery for any part of your body and anything can be nipped or tucked. With the normalisation of cosmetic surgery becoming ever so greater, the amount of people going under the knife rises also.
Image – Walter Yeo, first skin graft patient