Plastic Surgery was common place in Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome had a culture that was known for praising the beauty of the naked human form, demonstrated through both art and poetry. So, unsurprisingly by the first century B.C. the Romans were practising advanced plastic surgery techniques.
Ancient Romans are thought to have looked on any irregularity, or abnormality, predominantly when involving genitalia, with suspicion or even as a source of amusement. As a result one of the most popular plastic surgery techniques during the time was circumcision removal.
It was also common practice for Roman surgeons to remove scars particularly those on the back, which were marks of shame suggesting that the man had turned his back in battle or been whipped like a slave.
Surgeons would often operate on gladiators who had noses and ears removed in battle as well as foreigners who sought a more “Roman” appearance, allowing them to better fit into Roman society.
Today, similar surgeries are performed to enhance one’s appearance and improve self-confidence. Breast reductions are performed mostly on women, but as in ancient Rome, they can also be done on men in a procedure called Gynecomastia. Scar revisions are also common to improve the appearance of scars old and new.