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Plastic Surgery in Hollywood-A Historical Review of the last 75 years
Mark M. Urata, MD, DDS, John Reinisch, MD, Jeffrey LaGrasso, MD.
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Television and film show plastic surgery with increasing frequency. The public’s image of our profession is shaped by these representations. We examined how Hollywood has depicted plastic surgery and our patients over a 75 year period.
We queried film archives for references to plastic surgery including the USC School of Cinema-Television, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the AFI's, the Internet Movie Database(IMDB), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Library of Congress.
Over 250,000 titles were reviewed for representation of plastic surgery. An exponential rise in citations during the study period were noted. In the 30’s, film represented only the reconstructive aspects of plastic surgery. The films surrounding World War II depicted plastic surgery as an instrument for disguising the identity of criminals and wartime enemies. The Sixties and Seventies introduced the cosmetic side of plastic surgery. The movies of the 80’s and 90’s mocked society’s infatuation with appearance and often used plastic surgery to convey this message. Most recently, plastic surgery is represented in reality television documenting actual patients undergoing the surgical process.
Hollywood’s image of plastic surgery evolved over time. The early years of film and television used plastic surgery and its mystique to intrigue and captivate audiences. Ironically, plastic surgeons now find themselves using film and television to allure and captivate its own audience. This review documents the evolution of plastic surgery in film and television and the impact of those representations on society over the past 75 years.

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