Walter Yeo, a British sailor, is often cited as the first known person to have benefited from plastic surgery. The photograph shows him before the procedure (left) and after (right) receiving a skin flap performed by Sir Harold Gillies in 1917.

Walter Yeo, a British sailor, is often cited as the first known person to have benefited from plastic surgery. The photograph shows him before the procedure (left) and after (right) receiving a skin flap performed by Sir Harold Gillies in 1917.