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Cosmetic Surgery for Career Boost

April 2nd, 2012

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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European Med Spa Series: Conclusion

October 25th, 2011

Med spas have existed in Europe for more than two hundred years, as we have discovered during our recent survey. Many of the early European thermal spas were originally developed to improve health and offer clients relaxation and a sense of rejuvenation in returning to their normal routine. Today, along with spas in America, the addition of anti-aging services seems to be front and center.

Although similar in approach, the spas are different. The main differences that I have seen appear to be in the subtlety of the results, which probably correlate with expectations. European women seem to focus on health, wellness and beauty, while American women likely buy into the media hype and glamorization of extreme youthful looks. There is an old saying for one to age gracefully, which I think can actually be achieved by more subtle nipntucks. I believe that by understanding classical aesthetic principles in cosmetic surgery and applying current technology, it is possible to achieve a natural and pleasing result.   This result is more reminiscent of the rested and rejuvenated effect of the early European spas, that I aspire to provide to my patients.

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