Facial cosmetic surgery made great strides due to necessity during and after World War 1. Fighting in this war was done from long trenches called foxholes. Soldiers would fire from within these trenches, leaving their heads and upper bodies exposed. Horrific facial injuries occurred in large numbers from soldiers suffering facial wounds.
Since that time, facial cosmetic surgery has advanced, along with other medical procedures. Entire face transplants can now be performed successfully. Faces from cadavers can be attached and made almost fully functional for those who have suffered terrible facial trauma.
Facial cosmetic surgeons are now exploring the boundaries of elective plastic surgery. This includes patients who are dissatisfied with a specific feature of their face, and want to change or enhance their face to a different, but conventional, shape or size.
Permanent makeup effects are available that eliminate the need for application of cosmetics. There are also individuals who want to completely reinvent their appearance and exhibit non-human traits.
From human to animal
In the book "The Island of Doctor Moreau" by H.G. Wells, the protagonist is a plastic surgeon who attempts to explore the limits of cosmetic surgery by attempting to give human form to animals, with less than stellar results. Today, facial cosmetic surgery is being performed to achieve the opposite effect. People are now acquiring the characteristics of animals. Extreme modifications include such features as:
- Horns. These can protrude from the forehead and vary in length and style.
- Pointed ears. They are often acquired for a catlike look.
- Eye shaping. This is done to resemble those of the animal of choice.
- Lip and tongue splitting. This is customized according to the desired effect.
Life imitates art- a human becomes a doll who resembles a human
Fashion dolls of different cultures have been offered to children as the idealized version of beauty. These dolls are often anatomically achievable by very few people. In America, this ideal has been presented in the form of the Barbie doll collection. In some other cultures, porcelain dolls have been idealized and treasured for their perception of fragile female beauty.
Customers who desire these looks not only have their bodies modified to the the dolls' dimensions, but also have their faces changed to resemble the dolls. Some of the results are remarkable, with the creation of virtual living dolls.
Some people might question the ethics or wisdom of such procedures, but judging other people's personal pursuit of happiness and what they voluntarily do to achieve them is dangerous to personal freedom of expression. Contact a facility like Hecht Aesthetic Center for more information.