5 Trivia Facts About Plastic Surgery You Didn’t Know

There are many plastic surgery procedures that are surgical and non-surgical. Plastic surgeons will have preferences as to what they will perform. They may also have differing techniques to get the same end result. Just make sure they won’t amputate a limb or pull out your teeth!

Before going to the plastic surgeon, make sure you do some research to find a plastic surgeon ideal for you. You may also want to read up these 5 interesting trivia facts about plastic surgery:

1. A Plastic Surgeon Performed The First Successful Kidney Transplant

In 1954, the world’s first successful kidney transplant was performed by a plastic surgeon. Dr. Joseph Edward Murray performed the surgery on Richard and Ronald Herrick who were identical twins. Ronald became the world’s first organ donor and lived until 2010. Richard, who was dying from kidney disease lived another 8 years and died at the age of 31. Dr. Murray would go on to share a Nobel Prize.

2. Not All Plastic Surgery Involves Surgery

Not every plastic surgery procedure involves cutting or poking and pulling instruments in and out of the body. There are non-surgical procedures as well. One such procedure is called Ultherapy. This method uses ultrasound energy to tighten and lift skin and is a non-invasive procedure.There is another treatment known as miraDry that is safe and effective to stop excessive sweating from your underarms. Sweat and odour glands are eliminated. Electromagnetic energy is applied and destroys the sweat glands, so there’s no surgery involved.

3. Plastic Surgery First Done On The Dead, Not The Living

It’s thought that initially, plastic surgery was first performed on the dead. In Egypt, it was believed that a person’s face would remain the same in the afterlife as it was when it was buried. The face of a deceased person, particularly those of prominence or importance was changed and altered so that their best features would stand out and appear more striking. This was also thought to make them more recognizable to those who knew him or her when their time came to move to the afterlife.

4. Men Are ‘Fighting’ For Equality

When talking about plastic surgery, especially in the previous generations (in the 20th century), it was always thought to be the women who opted for this technique. While this is actually true, since more women than men had plastic surgery, men have caught up, and more and more men are going for it. Perhaps the day will come when more men than women will have this done.

5. Plastic Surgery? Go See Your Barber

During medieval times, barbers were thought to perform simple procedures of plastic surgery. In fact, they were known as barber surgeons. In addition to plastic surgery, they were also ‘skilled’ at pulling out teeth, amputation and performed bloodletting. It’s not known if physicians of the day had to attend years of hairdressing school.

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