Cosmetic Surgery for Career Boost

I have written about this new trend before and it is troubling when a patient has this single expectation of why they want cosmetic surgery.  For the same reason that I try to screen patients for unrealistic expectations, understanding motivation for undergoing cosmetic surgery may be complicated.   In an age where youth is sometimes prized over experience and looking young equates to vitality, I can understand why patients often turn to cosmetic surgery to maintain a competitive edge.

According to employment expert Prof Chris Warhurst, “employers now place a higher value on physical appearance and presentation.”  However, the way you present yourself, how stylish you dress, your confidence and level of physical fitness are all important factors when being sized up in today’s job market.   If some anti-aging Nipntucks are part of this package, I feel it is appropriate.   Last year 13.8 million  cosmetic surgery procedures were performed, but when cosmetic surgery is the primary goal to secure a job, get a husband or used to seek attention, extreme caution should be exercised.

Image “Mirror, Mirror on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?”  From the Disney film, “Snow White.”

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