Plastic Surgery History: It’s only 3,000 Years Old

Posted by administration on October 6, 2015

Plastic_Surgery_History.jpgPlastic surgery is a modern practice, right?  Not so! Treatment for a broken nose is mentioned in ancient documents dating back as far as 2500 to 3000 BC.  Reconstructive surgery was being performed in India by 800 BC.  Even the Romans performed cosmetic surgery.

A New Zealand otolaryngologist working in London, Sir Harold Gillies, developed many of the techniques of modern facial surgery in caring for soldiers suffering from disfiguring facial injuries during the First World War. It was the Second World War that saw more dramatic efforts in plastic surgery.  Military doctors witnessed extensive facial and head injuries and sought methods in which to treat them. Since then, cosmetic surgery has continued to revolutionize techniques and procedures by leaps and bounds.

With today’s modern local, general anesthesia methods and the current use of independent surgery centers, plastic surgery is now available to anyone with the means to afford it.  Modern procedures include breast augmentations, breast lifts, breast reduction, tummy tucks, eyelift surgery, liposuction and facelifts.

To learn more about plastic surgery, and the procedures we offer, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Denver today at 303-367-9000 or


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