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Some Job Seekers See Plastic Surgery as Necessity

Posted: April 9, 2009

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released a recent survey showing that American women were looking at cosmetic surgery to get a competitive edge in the workplace.

About 13% of the 756 women surveyed, between the ages of 18 and 64, say they would consider having a cosmetic medical procedure to make them more confident and more competitive in the job market. About 3% said they already had a cosmetic procedure to increase their perceived value in the workplace, and 73% said they believed that appearance and youthful looks play a part in getting hired, a promotion, or getting new clients, particularly in these challenging economic times.

Linda Mason, a television producer and photographer in Los Angeles, said she recently got a facelift because she is in a "young business." "I deal with young people and the best way to succeed in this business is to stay young," she said.

Manhattan plastic surgeon Stephen Greenberg saw an opportunity in this growing trend and recently began promoting a "Job Fighter Package" for men and women. "We've probably done no less than 50 to 60 tune-ups since launching the package about five months ago," Greenberg said, noting that not all the "tune-ups" have involved surgeries, but also less costly and invasive procedures like cosmetic injectables.

"Men and women in their 40s and 50s are competing with peers 10 to 15 years younger and employers naturally tend to go to a person who looks fresher and younger, despite who is better qualified," Greenberg said, adding that a lot of his patients view the surgery as an investment and are financing it with loans. Plastic surgery loans can involve financing charges of 12 to 19%, according to industry experts.