World’s Top 5 First Plastic Surgery

Today is not uncommon to see people who made correction of their noses, jaw lines or ears. Women are enlarging their breasts, are putting silicone implants in their behinds and lip surgeries are done constantly. Being able to have any procedure done now is incredible. Now, there are even specialist categories, e.g. facial plastic surgery procedures joshua hyman. But, when was the first time when plastic surgeries started and how they were done? Were people always aware of their looks and actually wanted to change something in order to feel and look better or the first plastic surgeries were done only because of medical reasons. Keep reading and find out.

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#1. Walter Yeo

He was the first person to have plastic surgery. He was a British sailor during the World War One. Walter suffered terrible facial injuries, including the loss of his upper and lower eyelids, while manning the guns aboard the HMS Warspite in 1916 during the Battle of Jutland. In 1917 he was treated by Sir Harold Gillies, the first man to use skin grafts from undamaged areas on the body. Sir Harold Gillies was known as “the father of plastic surgery”. Walter Yeo is one of the first patients to benefit from his newly-developed technique, a form of skin grafting called “tubed pedical”. The young sailor from Plymouth, Devon was given new eyelids with a “mask” of skin grafted across his face and eyes. It surely didn’t look perfect when it was done, but this surgery was done almost one century ago, so the whole process was the very first start to a complete new era in the medicine.

Walter Yeo

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#2. William M. Spreckley

The man had one of the first nose surgeries that were ever recorded. The first nose plastic surgery was performed by Dr. Harold Gillies in 1917 on a soldier William M. Spreckley, a Lieutenant from the Sherwood Foresters Service in the British contingent, 16th battalion. He was fighting in the World War One. The man was received in the hospital with a terrible gunshot wounded nose. The final result was seen three years later in 1920. The result was actually quite a well done operation and the patient looked surprisingly normal.

William M. Spreckley

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#3. Willie Vicarage

Also known as the first man to receive radical reconstruction via the “Tubed Pedicule” technique. Willie Vicarage, who was suffered from facial wounds that he got in the Battle of Jutland in 1916. He was one of the first men to receive facial reconstruction using plastic surgery. Back then antibiotics had not yet been invented, which meant it was very hard to heal the tissue from one part of the body to another because infection often developed. But while treating Vicarage, Dr. Gillies invented the “tubed pedicle.” This used a flap of skin from the chest or forehead and “turned and adjusted” over the face. The flap remained attached but was stitched into a tube. This kept the original blood supply intact and dramatically reduced the infection rate. Surprisingly this worked, because the man was healed and by the end of the treatment seemed normal again.

Willie Vicarage

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#4. Michael Dillon

He was the first trans-man to undergo phalloplasty, which is the construction or reconstruction of a penis, or the artificial modification of the penis by surgery, often for cosmetic purposes.
The first phalloplasty that was conducted for the purpose of sexual reassignment was performed on trans-man Michael Dillon in 1946 again done by Dr. Harold Gillies. Like every transgender person, Dillon was more comfortable in men’s clothing, and felt that he was not truly a woman. In 1939 he tried treatment from Dr. George Foss, who had been experimenting with testosterone to treat excessive menstrual bleeding; Back in 1939 using male hormones on female body were not very well known or researched. During his illness recovery in the Royal Infirmary, the patient become famous among doctors, and his name came to Dr. Gilles who was one of the first practitioners of plastic surgery. Dillon agreed to have a double mastectomy which was a rare specialty that was avoided by most physicians. Dillon was finally able to change his birth certificate and declare himself as a man. Gillies had previously reconstructed penises for injured soldiers and performed surgery on intersexual people with ambiguous genitalia. Dillon later got in medical school in Dublin under his new legal name, Laurence Michael Dillon. Dr. Gillies had performed at least 13 surgeries on Dillon between 1946 and 1949. He had to officially diagnose Dillon with acute hypospadias in order to conceal the fact that he was performing sex-reassignment surgery, because it was illegal back then.

Michael Dillon

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#5. Mademoiselle Geoffre

She was the first woman to ho had and later died from liposuction. The highly qualified French surgeon Charles Dujarier, operated on a young model, Mademoiselle Geoffre. It was February 17, 1926 and even though you probably thought women weren’t obsessed with these kinds of things back then, the model wanted to improve the look of her unbecoming legs. The operation went bad. The woman suffered gangrene and her operated leg had to be amputated. Mademoiselle Geoffre sued the doctor who had to pay 200,000 francs compensation for doing an illegal surgical act. Even though the doctor went in jail, his surgery was licit because it was done with patient’s consent. The woman died shortly during the second trial.

Mademoiselle Geoffre

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