Walter Yeo was in the first World War where he served throughout most of the time fought. During the Battle of Jutland he suffered a serious injury that managed to potentially ruin most of his face. It was a very tragic event, but born from the circumstances was the first person to ever get plastic surgery. The time that he was admitted into the hospital after the injury is sketchy at best, but it should be known that it was enough time for them to correct the injury the best way they could. At first no one really knew what they could do to fix this horrible injury, until the idea of a flap gaft came up.
The surgeons went in and put the flap gaft on his face where the injury occurred and connected it to the rest of his face, which in 1916 was quite the process. They managed to get the piece connected and while it didn’t look great, it was a start. He needed plenty of time to heal and rest and the healed result is what you see in the image above. While it might seem like the surgery did not go well, for its time it was a revolutionary experiment that blossomed into one of the most popular trends in the world today.
It has been almost 100 years since 1916, and in that short time we have seen a huge jump in technology. It is now possible to get plastic surgery on any part of your body, and the results usually come out great. We have Walter Yeo to thank for being the first person to participate in plastic surgery. If he did not agree to it, it would be hard to say where this kind of technology would be now. One thing is for sure, it would not be anywhere near as prevalent as it is today.