Bizarre Medical Facts about plastic surgery

Whether it’s right up your alley or something you wouldn’t consider in a million years, these bizarre medical facts about plastic surgery will get your mind churning.

Boobs, bums and…chins?

Did you know that one of the most requested plastic surgeries out there is chin augmentation? Although it’s still outstripped by the classic breast augmentation in popularity, at its peak in 2000 27000 people went for a chin augmentation procedure, and figures haven’t fallen much.

If it seems a strange thing to augment, think a bit deeper. Besides those procedures deemed necessary by medical professionals and reconstructions after accident, chin augmentation is a popular way to fight off the effects of ageing- which often begins to show at with the chin and neck.

Want to look like a teenager? So do teenagers!

In 2011, 230 000 teenagers under 19 underwent plastic surgery. So much for the old stereotype of trying to reclaim lost youth! Most of these were for breast augmentations. Although it’s only 2% of the overall population seeking surgery, it’s a staggering thought.

Plastic Surgery started on the dead.

Evidence of post-mortem attempts to reshape the body- in other words, plastic surgery- have been found on ancient mummies. In particular, Ramses the Second’s long and arching nose was restored after the ravages of dehydrating the body for mummification in order that his people would still recognise him in the afterlife. These were, of course, solely cosmetic rather than medical.

Caucasians are more likely to have plastic surgery then non-Caucasians

Statistically, more Caucasians undergo plastic surgery than any other ethnic group. This is likely driven in the main by economic circumstances, but also links closely to fears for greater scarring on darker skins more prone to such marks.

It’s fantastic, made of plastic?

The ‘plastic’ part of plastic surgery doesn’t come from botched jobs that make you look like a Barbie left in the sun to long, it’s actually derived from the Greek word for moulding- as that’s what the surgeon is seeking to do. Unsurprisingly, ‘real’ plastic shares the root word with the medical procedure.

Moobs are not as new as you think.

We have historical records of the Greeks and Romans considering attempts at early plastic surgery- to reconstruct noses, eyes, lips, teeth and even fade scars commonplace. Cornelius Celsus even describes the process of reducing breast tissue in men- meaning moobs have been around a lot longer than you think!

One good thing from the Great War.

World War 1 is not really associated with great things, but it’s thanks to the efforts of WW1 surgeons that the American Association of Plastic Surgery was founded to make procedures safer and cut down on charlatans in the profession.

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Plastic Surgery for Fido.

In a rather mad turn of events, you can now receive plastic surgery for companion animals. Whilst some of these procedures have medically necessary roots and can help restore quality of life to our beloved pets, they range into lunacy territory when you consider that you can have fake testicles restored to neutered dogs and more.

Whatever you think about plastic surgery, it’s a fascinating world chock full of the weird and medically wonderful.

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