With modern surgical techniques, the number of cosmetic enhancement procedures is virtually limitless. And the results are so natural-looking that Hollywood celebrities can tweak any body part they want, in any way that they want.
But what was cosmetic enhancement like in the early days of Hollywood, back in the ‘40s and ‘50s? Did they even have plastic surgery back then? In short, yes they did, but the procedures were nothing like what we have today, and stars had to get a little creative with the way they tackled cosmetic enhancement.
Nose jobs are fairly common nowadays, with stars routinely altering their proboscises through both small and large procedures. In Old Hollywood, however, nose jobs were far less common, and, as you can imagine, the procedures were a little bit different. Without the use of modern surgical techniques, celebrities couldn't make significant changes without running the risk of changing their look entirely. So they had to be subtle about it, through making subtle changes to the cartilage. In fact, America's favorite starlet, Marilyn Monroe was said to have scar tissue around the tip of her nose from where she had an old-fashioned nose job performed.
When Old Hollywood was in its heyday, electrolysis wasn't exactly the norm, but a number of starlets underwent these kinds of procedures in order to change the shape of their hairlines. Believe it or not, Hollywood used to have incredibly strict ideas on what was considered beautiful. (Tough to imagine it being even more strict, right?) And without the ideal head shape and hairline, actresses could miss out on parts. So famous celebs from Rita Hayworth to Marilyn Monroe underwent electrolysis to conform their hairlines to the norm.
In present-day Hollywood, 50 is the new 60, and 60 is the new 70, and so on and so forth. And facelifts play a big part in celebrities being able to hang onto their youth. Well, that type of surgery wasn't around back in Old Hollywood, so celebs would sometimes resort to what's known as the Croydon Facelift. This somewhat painful technique consists of pulling the hair back tautly, and even twisting it to increase the tension. The result is a noticeably smoother forehead and face, but you need to have a pretty high pain threshold in order to make it work.
Hollywood may be a vain, unforgiving place, but at least pop culture icons nowadays have an endless array of cosmetic enhancement options at their disposal. Given the unorthodox enhancement techniques celebs used in Old Hollywood, it makes you wonder what plastic surgery in Tinseltown will look like 60 years in the future.
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