Plastic Surgery in History

Historical Events

  • 1814-10-23 One of the first modern plastic surgeries in the west performed by Joseph Carpue on a soldier's nose in England using Indian techniques

Historic Event

1917-08-18 The Queen's Hospital opens to provide pioneering plastic surgery for WWI soldiers, led by Harold Gillies in Sidcup, England

  • 1995-10-11 John Bobbitt has plastic surgery to increase his penis 3 inches

Famous Birthdays

  • 1764-05-04 Joseph Carpue, English surgeon who pioneered early plastic surgery in England, born in London, England (d. 1846)

Karl Ferdinand von Graefe

1787-03-08 Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1840)

Harold Gillies

1882-06-17 Harold Gillies, New Zealand father of modern plastic surgery who pioneered skin graft techniques on injured soldiers in WWI, born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1960) [1]

  • 1961-10-01 Robert Rey, Brazilian-American plastic surgeon and television personality

Famous Weddings

  • 1985-06-22 "Dallas" actress Victoria Principal (35) weds plastic surgeon Harry Glassman (43) in Dallas
  • 2001-09-01 "The Accidental Tourist" actress Geena Davis (45) weds Iranian American plastic surgeon Dr. Reza Jarrahy
  • 2002-11-09 Eighties pop princess Sheena Easton (43) weds Beverly Hills plastic surgeon John Minoli (44) at Las Vegas City Hall
  • 2005-04-19 "Extra" co-host Dayna Devon (35) weds plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken at the Hans Fahden Winery in Calistoga, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2006-05-06 "Dallas" actress Victoria Principal (56) divorces plastic surgeon Harry Glassman (63) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 21 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1846-01-30 Joseph Carpue, English surgeon who pioneered early plastic surgery in England, dies at 81

Archibald McIndoe

1960-04-12 Archibald McIndoe, New Zealand plastic surgeon pioneer who rehabilitated badly burned Royal Air Force crew during WWII, dies in his sleep of a heart attack at 59 [or 11 April] [1]

Harold Gillies

1960-09-10 Harold Gillies, New Zealand father of modern plastic surgery who pioneered skin graft techniques on injured soldiers in WWI, dies at 78 of a slight cerebral thrombosis gained while operating on the leg of an 18-year-old girl [1]

  • 2012-11-26 Joseph Murray, English plastic surgeon, dies from a hemorrhagic stroke at 93