We hope that you already know we are doing a Fabulous Fall campaign that features great offers on some of the most up-to-date and innovative procedures. At Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Care Center, we’ve always made sure to follow the latest developments and techniques in the industry. To celebrate our Fabulous Fall event and the amazing results that can be accomplished with plastic surgery today, we thought we would give you all a little trip down memory lane on how far we’ve come and how long the tradition of plastic surgery is.
A lot of people think the history of plastic surgery doesn’t reach that far back, and that it’s mainly a contemporary phenomenon. The term “plastic surgery,” to describe a wide variety of surgeries that range from aesthetic to reconstructive surgery, has been around for less than two hundred years, but that doesn’t mean the practice itself is that recent. The first mention of a procedure that can be characterized as plastic surgery dates back to the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, meaning it took place in approximately 3000 to 2500 BC. This procedure was a reconstruction of a broken nose.
Similarly, we know that by 800 BC reconstructive procedures were being done in India, and many historically important contributions to the field of plastic surgery come from Indian physicians of that time. In fact, two thousand year later, at the turn of the 18th and 19th century, many British physicians traveled to India to learn the plastic surgery methods being used there. As a result, Joseph Carpue – who spent 20 years studying plastic surgery in India – performed the first known major plastic surgery in the Western world around 1815.
Another part of the world where plastic surgery made leaps forward early on in history is Ancient Rome. Starting from about 1st century BC, they routinely performed relatively simple procedures like reconstructing damaged ears.
And to round up our brief introduction, we of course want to mention the first American plastic surgeon: He was John Roe, who in 1891 presented his first known plastic surgery work. He reduced his patient’s dorsal nasal hump, which is now colloquially know as doing a nose job.
It’s pretty interesting, isn’t it? And makes it even more impressive to think about all the results we can achieve with plastic surgery in 2015… Speaking of which, if you want to view the great Fabulous Fall offers on some of the most state-of-the-art procedures, from skin care to breast augmentation in Philadelphia, please visit our Specials page.