Since it's Memorial Day weekend, I figured we can take a moment to appreciate a bit of our history.
The field of plastic surgery was pioneered by the young British surgeon Dr. Harold Gillies, who dedicated his career to repairing the faces - and restoring the dignity - of soldiers horrifically wounded during World War I. His groundbreaking work included using one soldier's rib to reconstruct his jaw, and performing 19 surgeries over six years to rebuild another man's nose, upper lip, and cheek.
As we enjoy this long weekend, let's remember: everything we accomplish today has been made possible by the commitment and sacrifice of those who have come before us.
Photos from Faces from the Front: Harold Gillies, The Queen’s Hospital, Sidcup and the Origins of Modern Plastic Surgery by Andrew Bamji