Rhinoplasty, also referred to as a “nose job”, began in ancient India around 600 B.C. when a piece of a patient’s cheek was used to help reconstruct their nose.
In her book, Venus Envy: A History of Plastic Surgery, author Elizabeth Harken explains that the nose job is said to have made huge strides in the sixteenth century in response to a syphilis outbreak in Europe.
Due to today’s medical advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of syphilis, we thankfully don’t have to experience one of the little-known side effects of the advanced form of this disease: the death of soft tissue, namely of the nose.
The result can be the death of the nose tip and nostrils, resulting in a hole in the face.
In her article on The Atlantic website, writer Tiffany Hearsey explains that during this time in history, tissue from the arm was taken and used to help reconstruct the nasal area by early pioneers in plastic surgery.
Cultural and Social Stigmas
“Ethnic rhinoplasty”, as some dub it, is when a patient desires rhinoplasty to remove the features of their nose that are indicative of their ethnicity.
In times past, racism in society was partially driven by a person’s facial features. Thus, people desired to have those features removed to fit in better with society’s image of what was perceived as “beautiful”.
Having ethnic features also drove social stigmas about one’s socioeconomic status in the late 1800’s, as explained in Gabrielle Glaser’s book The Nose: A Profile of Sex, Beauty, and Survival.
It wasn’t until after World War I that plastic surgery became more mainstream as people grew to accept veterans’ reconstructive surgery on their faces after receiving disfiguring facial trauma.
Social Media Contributing to Today’s Surgery Requests
In today’s society, social media, television, movies, magazines, and even online adult entertainment are largely driving our ideals of the “perfect” look. Images of celebrity body parts are often times brought into the surgeon’s office with a list of reasons why that person’s nose, lips, ears, etc. would look better on them than the features they were born with.
Social media filters allow us to change the shape of any facial feature to give us the “picture perfect” version of ourselves. So many patients today are bringing their filtered selfies in to their plastic surgeon and requesting that they be made to look like their ideal image.
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Author Tiffany Hearsey, http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/09/nose-job-history-plastic-surgery/403882/