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Maryann Milstein
Maryann Milstein • 2 years ago

Willie Vicarage, suffering facial wounds in the Battle of Jutland 1916 Naval Battle was one of the first men to receive facial reconstruction using plastic surgery. Doctor Harold Gillies created the "tubed pedicle" technique that used a flap of skin from the chest or forehead and swung it into place over the face. The flap remained attached but was stitched into a tube, keeping the original blood supply intact and dramatically reducing the infection rate.

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Using one's own finger to replace their nose. ~ A facial reconstruction technique used during WWI & WWII. Caption reads: "Rhinoplasty. Loss of nose due to an injury, and replacement by a finger in 1880. Surgery by Dr. E. Hart, photo by OG Mason, both of Bellevue Hospital, NY." via Otis Historical Archives of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, in Washington DC on flickr.

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The process of reconstructing a face. Work of Dr. Henry Gillies, founder of modern plastic surgery.