We’d all like to believe that we can get and keep jobs based on talent and effort, but in this precarious economy, many people feel their appearance plays a bigger part than ever before. So, despite tight budgets, job seekers are spending money on cosmetic procedures to increase their employee appeal.
In addition to doctors’ anecdotal accounts of patients citing the tough job market as motivation for undergoing surgical and non-invasive procedures, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has reported that 13% of women recently surveyed would consider having a cosmetic procedure to get a competitive edge while interviewing for jobs. Three percent already had.
This isn’t just an American phenomenon. Recent reports from China, Korea and the UK show more and more unemployed men and women are electing cosmetic enhancement, from breast implants to nose jobs to hair transplants, in hopes of seeming more employable.
Those who are already employed are contributing to the continuing rise in less-invasive procedures, not only because they do not want to spend a greater amount of money on more extensive procedures, but, as the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery reports, because they believe surgery requiring a lengthy recovery time could put their jobs at risk in the current economic climate.
Regardless of your employment situation, remember to approach cosmetic enhancement carefully, armed with the research that will help make it a safe experience.
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