Victorian Nip/Tuck: Plastic Surgery 1895

If you thought the plastic surgery craze had begun in the last few decades, think again. This advertisement from an 1895 Delineator shows how you can fix all your problem areas including nose jobs, ear pinning, lip enhancement and reductions, and a long list of dermatological corrections. All of these surgeries are made nearly painless with the copious amounts of cocaine given to the patients before and after surgery. Unfortunately, if you had a flat schnoz, you would be leaving with a piece of early plastic inside your nose; these celluloid bridges may have been highly flammable and decomposed quickly, but at least you would have the perfect nose for a few years. The best accessory to any chic bustle dress is, of course, a pretty face and with five major metropolis locations, any Victorian urbanite could have an affordable nip/tuck.


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