People who have never had plastic surgery often have rather limited knowledge of. And even those who have undergone a procedure or two don’t know everything about the world of going under the knife. Many of us just associate plastic surgery with modern innovations, vanity and breast implants. But people around the world have been using plastic surgery for some pretty surprising purposes for centuries. And some of the procedures that exist will surprise you. Here are 15 surprising facts about plastic surgery.
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Surgeons are turning people away
It is a plastic surgeon’s moral responsibility to determine if someone is mentally and emotionally sound enough to undergo plastic surgery. As much as 15 percent of people who consult a surgeon about a procedure suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)–a condition in which they are obsessed with a tiny physical flaw to the point that it interrupts their life. Many doctors turn patients away who suffer from BDD and refer them to a therapist.
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You can get a plastic six pack
It’s called liposculpture, and it’s a process in which, by manipulating the skin and fat on a patient’s stomach, a doctor gives a person a fake six pack.
The Egyptians started it
Ancient Egyptians would prepare the dead
for the afterlife with plastic surgery. If the deceased had undergone any trauma or illness that distorted their face, surgeons would alter it to look like its original state.
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More men are getting it
While over 90 percent of plastic surgery patients are women, the percentage of male patients has gone up by nearly 50 percent in the last 15 years.
This is what women are getting
The most popular plastic surgery procedures among women are breast implants and rhinoplasty (nose jobs).
This is what men are getting
Men, on the other hand, put their cosmetic funds into eyelid surgery, correction of protruding ears, liposuction and breast reduction.
Cut your hair and your face in the same place
Between the 16th and 18th century, barbers and surgeons were almost interchangeable
. Barbers sold medicine, treated syphilis, performed blood letting and–yes–performed plastic surgery.
Plastic surgery and witches?
In the Medieval ages, altering the body God gave a human was considered a sin. In fact, many people thought that plastic surgeons were witches and that the surgery was black magic.
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The price of the Britney Spears
One 26-year-old transgender man spent $70,000
to undergo a sex change and look like his favorite celebrity, Britney Spears.
Plastic surgery as a job skill
Well, not a skill exactly, but an advantage for some. Studies have found that people view those with larger eyes as trustworthy, and many people have reported having an easier time finding a job after getting an eyebrow lift.
The price of the Barbie
Apparently looking like a doll costs more than looking like a real person. One woman has spent $500,000
on plastic surgery in her attempts to look like Barbie.
This surgery goes wrong the most
Rhinoplasty is a procedure for which people return to the doctor for repairs more than any other operation. Fortunately, it is the most affordable (relatively speaking) one, topping off at around $15,000.
Plastic surgery in New York Fashion Week
This wasn’t an official Fashion Week event, but one plastic surgeon
did hold a “fashion show” in which his patients strutted a catwalk, showing off their work. The before and after photos were projected onto a screen as well.
Fully body lifts are a thing
You’ve heard of face lifts, butt lifts, and breast lifts but have you heard of a full body lift? This procedure is only performed on people who were previously obese but have since lost a tremendous amount of weight. The transformation leaves them with saggy, excess skin that can only be treated with plastic surgery.
Surgery for selfies
The emergence of selfies has people looking at themselves a lot more. For some people, like this woman
, that’s led them to get plastic surgery to look better in selfies.