Walter Yeo , a British sailor during World War II , is often mentioned as the
first celebrity to have benefited from plastic surgery .
Walter sustained terrible facial injuries , including the loss of his upper and lower eyelids , while manning the guns aboard HMS Warspite in 1916 during the Battle of Jutland .
In 1917 he was treated by Sir Harold Gillies , the first man to use skin grafts from undamaged areas of the body , known as the London " father of plastic surgery . " - Based Gillies opened a specialist ward for treatment of a wound facially Queen Mary Hospital in Sidcup , Kent . Walter Yeo was one of the first patients to benefit from this newly developed technique, a method of grafting skin called " tubed pedical . "
The young sailor from Plymouth , Devon was given new eyelids with a " mask " of skin grafted across his face and eyes