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The Scandalous History of Plastic Surgery in Old Hollywood

The Scandalous History of Plastic Surgery in Old Hollywood

The Unseen Secrets Behind Hollywood’s Glamorous Stars

When you think of Hollywood glamour, what immediately comes to mind? Perhaps it’s the immaculate beauty of a starlet in a studio-produced film, or perhaps it’s the suave sophistication of an actor on the big screen. What many people don’t know is that much of the beauty and glamour associated with these stars was achieved through plastic surgery. Let’s take a look at the scandalous history behind plastic surgery in Old Hollywood.

Plastic Surgery in Old Hollywood
Plastic surgery in Old Hollywood dates back to 1925, when the first documented rhinoplasty was performed on actress Pola Negri. Despite its potential for danger, cosmetic procedures were becoming increasingly popular throughout the 1930s and 1940s as more actors began undergoing operations to maintain their beauty as they aged. While some stars, such as Greta Garbo and Rudolph Valentino, were open about their use of plastic surgery, others kept it a closely guarded secret—fearing that admitting to having gone under the knife would cost them their careers.

One particularly noteworthy case is that of Joan Crawford, who underwent several cosmetic procedures throughout her career including rhinoplasty and chin implants. When Crawford was asked about her surgeries during an interview in 1962 she became visibly upset and denied any involvement with them. However, her former assistant revealed in 1981 that Crawford had undergone several operations over the years to keep up her youthful appearance. It seems likely that many other stars also kept their use of plastic surgery hidden from public view due to fear of being judged or ostracized by their peers.

The Impact Today
Today, many celebrities are more open about their use of plastic surgery than ever before—and for good reason! With technological advances in medical science making operations safer than ever before and society becoming increasingly accepting of cosmetic enhancements, there’s no shame in wanting to look your best or going under the knife if you choose to do so. Who knows; maybe one day we’ll all have our own personal “Hollywood makeovers!”

Plastic surgery has been around since 1925 when Pola Negri became the first documented person to undergo rhinoplasty. Over time it has become increasingly popular amongst celebrities who wanted to maintain their youthful looks while they aged gracefully on camera. While today we are more open about these topics and accept them without judgement or stigma, this was not always true; many old Hollywood stars had to keep their use of plastic surgery hidden from public view due to fear of being judged or ostracized by their peers. Nowadays anyone can choose whether or not they want to go through with a procedure depending on what makes them comfortable and confident—and thanks to modern technology these operations are safer than ever before! Thanks for reading my post about why Old Hollywood kept secrets about plastic surgery!

 

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