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7 Facts About Cosmetic Surgery You Probably Didn’t Know

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Karen Cole, the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of online magazine HealthBenefitAdmin.

Cosmetic surgery is a medical specialty focused on improving the aesthetic features of the face and body. Initially, this kind of surgery was only performed after damage to the body. But eventually, people began opting for the procedure to improve upon their appearance in order to improve self esteem and feel happier with themselves.

Nowadays, cosmetic surgery has become an accepted practice throughout society, especially because it has become more affordable than it once was, and has also become popularized by celebrities around the world.

Let’s explore some facts about cosmetic surgery that you might not know.

#1 – Roman Soldiers Underwent Cosmetic Surgery

These days, most people undergo cosmetic surgery to cover up marks, blemishes and scars because as they believe they tarnish their appearance. When a birthmark or defect is visible, people may make comments about it which may impact your self-esteem.

However, in ancient Rome, soldiers were concerned about the scars for completely different reasons altogether. The brave and manly soldiers wanted to remove them because it wasn’t a badge of honor but instead, a sign they had turned their back during battle and had been struck by the enemy. As a result, many Romans opted for surgery in order to remove this mark of shame.

#2 – The First Breast Augmentation Wasn’t For Aesthetic Reasons

The first ever breast augmentation surgery was not performed for vanity reasons. A singer in Germany underwent the procedure after having a growth removed. The offending growth was on her back and was removed during the surgery and transplanted to her breast.

#3 – Nose Jobs Go Way Back!

While the ‘nose job’ became acceptable and famous thanks to Michael Jackson, he obviously wasn’t the first person to get his nose altered.

As a matter of fact, the first ever nose job was done in India around the year 600 B.C. During the operation, skin was removed from other parts of the body for the purpose of reshaping the nose.

#4 – Ancient Egyptians Performed Cosmetic Surgery On The Dead

Another interesting fact about cosmetic surgery is that it was originally used on the deceased and not the living. The Egyptians believed that a person would look the same in the afterlife as they did in this world and so they made alterations for enhancing their prominent features. According to them, it would later help people in recognizing their loved ones in the afterlife.

#5 – More And More Men Are Requesting Cosmetic Procedures

There is no denying that cosmetic surgery has been most popular with women. Many women have — and are — quite literally obsessed over slowing down the aging process, getting rid of the fine lines, and controlling other aspects of their appearance. The practice also spread to teenagers who were unhappy with their eyes, nose or any other feature.

However, as per industry experts such as Cosmeditour, men are also interested in cosmetic surgery these days, and are actually pulling almost even in numbers. Early on, only around 9% of the cosmetic surgery procedures were performed on men, but there has been a 50% increase in the numbers — and the statistics continue to rise every day.

#6 – Advances In Technology Are Changing Cosmetic Surgery

Technological research and innovation has had a major impact on the cosmetic surgery industry. It has undeniably made the procedures safer and less invasive.

There is a wide range of changes and alterations that can now be made to a person’s face or body without them having to undergo the knife or the needle. New tools have been introduced for doing these procedures in safe and painless ways.

#7 – The Two Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures…

The two most famous plastic surgery procedures that are performed all over the world are breast augmentation in women and nose correction (rhinoplasty). This may be an obvious one to many readers, who will not be surprised to hear that two of the most prominent parts of the body coincide with the two most popular cosmetic procedures.

That said, some women are choosing less invasive options, such as natural breast enhancement or non-surgical rhinoplasty through injectable fillers — the latter being a technique invented in 2002 by Dr. Alexander Ritvin.

Karen Cole

Karen Cole

Founder & Editor-in-chief at HealthBenefitAdmin
Karen Cole is the founder and editor-in-chief of HealthBenefitAdmin, an online magazine. She publishes content that help her readers to live as happily, healthily and sustainability as possible.
Karen Cole


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  1. Miranda Raban
    February 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    What a very interesting post! It’s amazing to see just how far back into history cosmetic surgery goes. I never knew that Roman soldiers didn’t view their battle scars as badges of honor. I’ve also just started my own blog on medical history, and would love some feedback! Here’s the link to my first post, if you’re interested!

  2. February 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I never knew these facts… but what is the proof that Roman Soldiers went under the knife?

    • February 12, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      Great question, Ahmed! Some of the sources we found do seem to infer that Roman soldiers went under the knife, though we were able to find an article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine (titled “DEVELOPMENT OF PLASTIC SURGERY“) that expressly mentions surgery:

      In ancient Greece and Rome, many medicine men performed simple plastic cosmetic surgeries to repair damaged parts of the body caused by war mutilation, punishment or humiliation.

      Additionally, here’s some interesting information from the University of Virginia about the wide range of surgical instruments used in Ancient Rome…

  3. February 25, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Karen, very interesting facts about cosmetics surgery. I enjoy reading anything about health blog. I can’t imagine how painful it is for Roman soldiers underwent cosmetic surgery with out anesthesia.

    When it comes to beauty, many people will do anything to preserve their youthful and to slow ageing.