ANCIENT PLASTIC SURGERY


The ancient Egyptians believed that the face was the only physical thing that carried over into the afterlife.

Ramesses II was one of the most famous and legendary Egyptian Pharaohs who ever lived. One of his more prominent facial features was his very large, elongated nose.

When he died, his embalmers packed his nose full of animal bone and seeds so he could be properly recognised in the afterlife.

By doing this, the ancient Egyptians were responsible for the very first known facial manipulation. This occurred in 1213 BC.

The first known facial reconstruction of a living person occurred in India around 600 BC.

A surgeon called Sushruta would take skin from either the cheek or forehead and fashion a new nose for criminals who had theirs removed as a form of punishment.

This would encourage forgiveness and reduce shame among the common people.

Everything has an ancient origin.

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