The use of surgical means to correct facial injuries dates back more than 4,000 years, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that the first major advances in plastic surgery were made. During World War I, trench warfare was predominant. Although the soldiers’ bodies were protected, they would often suffer horrific shrapnel injuries to their faces when popping their heads up from the trenches in order to spot the enemy. The force from shrapnel flying around was so intense, that it had the ability to rip their faces right off.
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