The History of Plastic Surgery
With reality TV’s plethora of too-perfect housewives and nipped-and-tucked celebrities, it can be easy to think of plastic surgery as a modern-day phenomenon. But a look into the history of plastic surgery reveals that people have been taking dramatic steps to change their looks for centuries. Below, we’ve put together a timeline that highlights important milestones in the history of plastic surgery, from the very first nose jobs to the rise of Botox.
Illustration by Jess Duff, Groupon
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Colleen is a makeup/skincare junkie who has a serious Sephora problem. She writes about all things beauty and occasionally does hand modeling for work. Her job is strange.