The Secrets to a Beautiful Face

There is evidence that plastic surgery has been around for more than 4,000 years, however war brought about the rise in procedures in the late 1800s and 1900s. The awful injuries inflicted on soldiers prompted the developments of reconstruction surgery. Plastic surgery soon developed as a beauty procedure. Women were, and still are, attracted by the prospects of changing the contours of the face, receiving face lifts, and changing their nose shape. However, as seen below, many people argue that beauty comes naturally and that surgery is not the only solution.

Headline "Surgeon's Knife Changes Your Face from 60 to 16" over image of sketch of a woman's head and shoulders with men on ladders with tools "working" on her.

According to this article, featured in June 7, 1922 Perth Amboy Evening News, face lifting comes regularly as Christmas.

Photo of a woman's face in profile with sketches of women showing habits that affect the face 1. Habitual Pouting Spoils the shape of the lips. 2. Massage strengthens the facial muscles 3. Keep your head up.

According to this article, featured in July 27, 1922 Perth Amboy Evening News, plastic surgery is becoming so common that every woman may become the architect of her own face. However, before deciding to go under the knife, women must know the benefits of massaging their faces to relieve wrinkles and preserve the firm contours of the face. Also, a lot of it has to do with changing one’s current thoughts. Negative thoughts can cause sagging and stress wrinkles that can age one’s skin.

Headline "Learning to be ugly, finds beauty secret" shows two photos of actress Marion Kerby. One as an "absinthe fiend" (unattractive) and one as her usually attractive self.

In this article, featured in February 17, 1923 Perth Amboy Evening News , character actress Marion Kerby argues that beauty is all mental. When she plays the role as an old hag on stage, Kerby imagines all of the devastating things that can happen to a woman to make her appear as ugly. She concluded that if she can work herself into a state of physical repulsiveness, than she can do the reverse.

Article on "How to Keep Features Clear and Healthy" showing diagrams of places on the face and neck to massage.

This article, featured in February 20, 1924 Perth Amboy Evening News, also shows exercises women can use to avoid wrinkles.

We’ll let you know when we find similar tips for men about keeping their youthful looks!

(Contributed by Kristi Chanda)


“ASPRS: History of ASPS.” (2020). American Society of Plastic Surgeons,

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