If you thought nose jobs were a relatively new procedure pioneered by Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeons, think again.
They were being carried out as long ago as the early 1800s. But in those days they were done without anaesthetic---just a burly surgeon's assistant to hold the patient down.
A book published in 1833 called Surgical Observations On The Restoration Of The Nose; And On The Removal Of Polypi And Other Tumours From The Nostrils has been discovered at a house clearance sale in England. It was written by a surgeon named John Stevenson Bushnan as a guide to other surgeons and includes gruesome diagrams showing how people's faces were to be cut open and stitched back together.