Napoleon and the First Celebrity Nosejob and Tummytuck

Napoleon Bonaparte, the French military and political leader had an impact on the course of world history and the science of plastic surgery.

During 1795 Napoleon squelched a rag-tag army of royalists and counter-revolutionaries, giving him instant fame. Unfortunately for Napoleon, the new-found fame brought to light his large nose as numerous artists lifted him into immortality through numerous paintings.

“Bonaparte the Beak” in a period painting.

Days before his marriage to Josephine de Beauharnias on March 9, 1796, Napoleon had his army’s doctor, Dr. Pau Formio, perform the first nosejob. (The second nose job was performed by Joseph Carpue in 1814 on a British military officer). Along with the nosejob, Formio performed an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) on the great general.

Napoleon after his nosejob and tummytuck.

After his operations, Napoleon became one of the most well-known generals and rulers in world history. The year 1812 marked the starting point of Napoleon’s downfall. His rise to fame and sharp decline overshadowed the story behind the world’s first nosejob and tummytuck.

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5 Responses to “Napoleon and the First Celebrity Nosejob and Tummytuck”


  1. 1 B. Martinez May 21, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    This is sooooooo funny. The article had me laughing out loud!!! The difference between the two pictures is so commical -but how are the noses so different! I mean seriously??

  2. 2 B. Martinez May 21, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    “Bonaparte the Beak” !!!!! I just saw that!!! LOL

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