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100 YEARS OF PLASTIC SURGERY | ALLURE


Take a look back at the last 100 years of plastic surgery, from dangerous paraffin injections in the 1920s and board-certified plastic surgeons in the 1940s to the rise in popularity of plastic surgery in the 1980s and the influence of celebrities and social media in the 2010s.

1910
In the popular woman's magazine, The Delineator, an article called "Getting Pretty Quick" details a woman's graphic account of face surgery. The recovery includes months of being as "red as a carnation" and eventually looking younger. Apparently, it was easy to spot your fellow "blood sisters", and while your face may only look like three years old the rest of your body will look your age.

1920
Paraffin, a flammable waxy substance is injected into patients by untrained doctors and non-doctors causing disastrous results.

1930
In 1931, a crowd of 1500 people watches as a surgeon performs a face-lift on actress Martha Petelle in the bathroom on a New York City hotel, the new republic reports that the operation appeared "about as easy as peeling a banana".

See the video below for more on what has gone on over the years of plastic surgery.


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