Since time immemorial, humans have always looked for different ways to achieve self-improvement. This natural pursuit to improve one’s self includes constantly striving to enhance skills, character, and even the appearance of the body. Because of this, cosmetic surgery can be, in fact, considered one of the most ancient healing arts in the world.
Beginnings of Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic surgery is often defined as the practice of reshaping the body to improve its appearance or restoring a damaged or deformed body. And while many may believe that its history only began a couple of decades ago, there is plenty of written evidence that this practice has been in place for over 4,000 years. As early as 600 B.C., reconstructive surgery was already being performed in India. This was usually performed on ears and noses that were lost in war or through punishment for a crime.
The Romans were also practicing cosmetic surgery by the first century B.C. Their culture greatly admired the beauty of the naked body thus prompting them to improve or eliminate the appearance of any bodily defect or deformity. Their procedures included breast reduction and scar removal.
Throughout the early part of the Middle Ages, cosmetic surgery continued to be performed, including the correction of drooping or squinting eyes and the creation of aesthetically pleasing noses. However, due to the fall of Rome and the spread of Christianity, further progress in this field was, for the most part, at a standstill. Surgery was considered sinful by the Catholic Church and the pursuit of knowledge was replaced by more spiritual pursuits.
Although there were significant advances in cosmetic surgery during the Renaissance, it wasn’t until the 20th century during World War I that major advances were made. Because of so many extensive, unprecedented injuries caused by modern weaponry, it was necessary for surgeons to find innovative surgical procedures to reconstruct the faces and heads of the wounded soldiers. Further development of cosmetic surgery procedures during this time was also caused by the realization that one’s personal appearance had the potential to influence (to some degree) one’s success in life.
Modern Cosmetic Surgery
During and after WWII, plastic surgery techniques now included extensive skin grafts, microsurgery, and even the rebuilding of entire limbs. But it wasn’t until the 1950s that cosmetic surgery gained wide public acceptance through the activities of organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and publications.
To date, cosmetic surgery procedures are no longer viewed with distrust but are actually much sought after procedures to help restore or improve one’s appearance. New devices and techniques are always being invented or discovered to battle the signs of aging and/or repair deformed parts of the body. With Face Med Store owned by Hardik Soni offering successful procedures that have altered lives both physically and mentally, we will continue to see future advancements from this exciting field in surgery.
Samira Gutoc is the founder and managing editor of Atlas and Co. She is also a content writer, blogger, poet, photographer and an editorial associate.