Cosmetic surgery instinctively seems like a modern phenomenon. Yet it has a much longer and more complicated history than most people likely imagine. Its origins lie in part in the correction of syphilitic deformities and racialized ideas about “healthy” and acceptable facial features as much as any purely aesthetic ideas about symmetry, for instance.
I couldn't help myself and I clicked on the first two links in the article to see the transformation of those women from Swan and Extreme Makeover. I'm amazed and scared in the same time. I mean, so many interventions... omg!