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The Fascinating History of Plastic Surgery

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Plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures have come a long way from what they once were. Dating back more than 4,000 years, plastic surgery wasn’t sought out by patients hoping to improve their appearance; rather it was a necessity of the healing arts. While there is some discrepancy as to exactly where and when the first procedures were performed, there has been a fairly steady growth in both advancement of materials, procedures, and frequency of surgeries.

Most procedures and treatments today are focused on being non-invasive, as well as offering the least amount of downtime; our busy lives demand nothing less! This wasn’t always the case with plastic surgery when it first began and was being developed. The lack of technology, tools, resources and knowledge all contributed to some surgeries, which, if you had the option now, you may rather take a pass on.

Let’s explore the amazing history of plastic surgery, and you can thank your lucky stars for how far we’ve come!

Ancient Egypt and India

There is documentation of plastic surgery procedures for facial injuries as far back as more than 4,000 years ago. Early accounts of rudimentary skin grafting for reconstructive work date anywhere from 800 – 400 B.C. The Sushruta Samhita, a historic text and record of various plastic surgeries, was published between 600 – 400 B.C., by an Indian physician. In this text, various descriptions of examinations, treatments, and procedures were documented, including details of skin grafting using skin from the cheek and forehead.

By studying Ancient texts, archaeologists have discovered that, in ancient India, there were two main forms of plastic surgery being performed quite frequently. The first was reconstructions, which were often used to repair features damaged in battle. The second procedures were amputations, which were conducted as punishment for various crimes.

The Middle Ages and Renaissance

While the Middle Ages showed the continuation of facial reconstruction surgery, the fall of Rome in the fifth century effectively prevented further significant development in surgical techniques for several hundred years. During this time, science mostly gave way to religion and mysticism.

In the late 1500s, a new breakthrough in plastic surgery finally occurred. Gasparo Tagliacozzi, often touted as the father of modern plastic surgery, and the author of the first plastic surgery textbook, began to experiment with skin grafts of upper arm skin for nose reconstructive surgery. Motivated by the frequent duels and street brawls occurring, Tagliazcozzi’s surgeries were still extremely painful due to the lack of technology for general anaesthesia, which was still being developed at the time.

Modern Day Plastic Surgery

For centuries, plastic surgery continued to show slow progress, and procedures were performed sparingly, and always with mixed results. The outbreak of World War 1, however, would change the course of plastic history forever. Trench warfare caused thousands of soldiers to receive trauma wounds, resulting in the quick rise of plastic surgery as an independent medical practice. In order to regulate the procedures and the profession, the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was created in 1931.

Within the past 100 years, the field of plastic surgery has experienced tremendous progress, both in the types of procedures and treatments offered, as well as the technology used to perform them. Once the field was institutionalized and regulated, it experienced extensive growth in the number of patients receiving voluntary cosmetic procedures, as well as in the type of technology available to perform them.

Clearview MediSpa

Here at Clearview MediSpa, we are proud to always offer the most innovative and up-to-date treatments and procedures available to our patients. With each advancing development in technology, we are happy to be in the know, and give our patients nothing but the best.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and technology available at Clearview MediSpa, schedule a free personalized consultation with us, and we would be happy to walk you through everything we have to offer!

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The Bad Habits That Are Causing Your Wrinkles

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As we age, the possibility of developing wrinkles becomes more and more likely, but did you know that some of your daily habits might be speeding up the aging process? Identifying and cutting out these skincare no-no’s is absolutely necessary in your fight against aging.

How many of these are you guilty of? Follow along and figure out exactly how you can make yourself look as young as you feel – for longer.


Not Getting Enough Sleep

With our busy schedules, it can be tough to get a good night’s sleep. Getting enough rest allows your body to keep your skin looking tight and firm. Even the way that you sleep can increase the likelihood of wrinkles; sleeping on your back can reduce your chances of facial wrinkles from being pressed up against a rough pillow all night.

Not Wearing Sunscreen

As tempting as it might be to forego sunscreen while tanning outside, protecting your skin should be your number one priority. Sunscreen shields you from dangerous UVA and UVB rays, which cause wrinkles and fine lines in your skin over time.


It’s no secret that smoking is bad for our bodies, but it can also make you age much faster. The chemicals in cigarettes can damage your body’s ability to produce elastin and collagen that keep your skin youthful leading to older, more tired looking skin. Kick this nasty habit for the health of your skin and yourself.


Grabbing weekend cocktails can be a fun outing with friends, but it’s not so fun for your skin. Alcohol dehydrates you, which makes your skin seem tired and saggy. Over time, this can increase the appearance of wrinkles.

Leaving Your Makeup on Overnight

We’ve all been there; you come home after a long night and the last thing that you want to do is wash your face before you pass out in bed. Sleeping with your makeup on can actually be one of the worst things for your skin and you should always avoid it at all costs. Cleanse your face and remove your makeup to unclog your pores and lessen your chances of damaging your skin.

How Do I Get Rid of Wrinkles?

Despite your best efforts, you might still end up with wrinkles as you get older. Fortunately, there are many different treatment options available that can have you looking young and fresh-faced in no time.

Want to get rid of your wrinkles and get your confidence back? Contact us!

Clearview MediSpa offers convenient and confidential financing for your procedure. Contact the office today for more information, to book a consultation, or if you have any other questions about the treatment. Book an Appointment