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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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Gen X Embraces Cosmetic Surgery

February 14th, 2012

2011 saw an increase in cosmetic surgery in spite of a sagging economy.   It’s the Gen X’ers leading the pack in finding solutions for sagging problems of a different sort!  According to a study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), adults between the ages of 31 and 45 accounted for almost half of all cosmetic procedures in 2011.  This is really nothing new, because while on the surface it looks surprising, this age group regularly accounts for the majority of cosmetic surgery.  This is true in my own practice.  Baby boomers (now ages 51-64) have already chosen to have surgery in their late 30’s and mid 40’s, as Gen X is doing currently.   Baby boomers accounted for just 28% of the procedures last year, perhaps simply relying on less extensive procedures to serve as tune-ups for previous surgery.

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