Monday, April 27, 2009

Older Women Turning to Cosmetic Surgery for Jobs

It appears that some women are investing in cosmetic surgery in order to improve their looks and give them the upper hand in the job market.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released a survey, indicating women were going for cosmetic surgery just to get a competitive edge in the workplace and secure their careers.

Seventy-three percent of working women said they have a feeling that appearance and good looks can help them get hired, get a promotion, or climb up the career ladder, especially in times of the global financial crisis. In addition, 80 per cent of working American women said that they are sure that cosmetic surgery can do wonders for an individual's level of confidence. Nearly 13 per cent of ladies who work said that they would spend as much as it takes for plastic surgery in order to become more confident in the competitive job market and 3 per cent of working women admitted to having already invested in cosmetic surgery to increase their perceived value in the workplace.

If cosmetic surgery could improve your job opportunities, would you go for it?


Susan Adcox said...

Somehow we as a society are going to have to get over our obsession with looks. I'm 62, and I have lots of sags and bags and wrinkles. But I work out and so have a spring in my step. I get manis and pedis and get my hair cut regularly, but I am not going to pay someone to cut on my face for purely cosmetic reasons. I certainly wouldn't do it to get ahead in my career.

Melodieann said...

Absolutely not! If a woman is well-groomed and polished, and has the skills and experience to do the job, then that should give her all of the confidence she needs. When job interviews become beauty pageants, it's a sad commentary indeed on our values as a society.

Debra Stokes said...

As far as I know, the choice between having cosmetic surgery and getting a job without it would be a no-brainer for me. What bothers me is that there are so many women who think they have to "enhance" their looks to get a job. There really isn't any job that important.

Eileen Williams said...

You bring up another fascinating point. (I just love reading your posts because they always provide food for thought.) For me, I think a lot depends on the job. If you're model or an actress, I can see that there would be a lot of competition in the looks department and many women would opt to help mother nature out a bit.

msc said...

The job market is terrible right now. Getting plastic surgery in order to improve one's odds is an all-around gamble at best.