10 September 2008

With the advancements made in cosmetic surgery in recent years, many believe the industry to be a modern phenomenon. However, BBC Four will air a television programme tonight at 9pm that confirms otherwise.


Blood and Guts � Fixing Faces is part of BBC Four�s documentary series exploring the history and evolution of plastic surgery. The programme � presented by medically trained Michael Mosely � investigates the founding of the practice some 400 years ago, as well as some of the earliest procedures carried out, including nose surgery and facelifts.


Fixing Faces reports on how cosmetic surgery procedures have changed throughout time, from heroic wartime reconstructive surgery to modern Botox injections. The documentary also delves into a key notion that has developed alongside the treatments offered by cosmetic surgery � that fixing the body can also fix a person�s self-esteem.


The television feature is part of a country-wide resuscitation of interest in cosmetic surgery and its origins. Last month, photos were published of the world's first even plastic surgery more than 90 years ago.


Shows like 10 Years Younger and Super Botox Me have also attracted significant attention, as both celebrities and everyday people turn to plastic surgery to reverse the signs of ageing.


Research published in Australia last week even suggested that such reality TV shows play a large part in fuelling the demand for cosmetic surgery in Britain and the UK.


Fixing Faces will air September 10 � 12 as part of a four-part series. Previous installments include Into the Brain, Bleeding Hearts and Spare Parts, and were aired from August 22 to September 5. These installments are still available for downloading on the BBC Four website.