Just about everyone knows that having plastic surgery can be vital to maintaining a career in the entertainment industry…but what if you’re a banker, supervisor, or work in HR?
If you don’t work in an “image focused” field, you’ve probably never thought of how plastic surgery might impact your career prospects—especially if you’re male—but emerging evidence suggests you should. As the Chicago Tribune reported back in 2010, “There’s increasing research that says looks matter in jobs beyond the silver screen—that better looking people make more money and have more opportunities for advancement.”
Why Looks Matter More Now Than Ever Before
While good looks have always been an asset, they’ve become far more relevant to the job hunt over the last decade than they were previously. Why? We’re attaching images of ourselves to our career profiles in ways we never did in the 20th century. On business-oriented social media sites (like LinkedIn) and job directories, it’s all but required to have a clear, professional-looking image of yourself attached to your account. Providing a picture lends an air of authenticity to these profiles and removes some of the anonymity of operating on the Internet. It is, in short, an essential trust-building measure. When we see someone’s picture, we feel like we’re making a personal connection with them.
While this is helpful in the online environment, it’s created additional pressure to look youthful and attractive. Gone are the days when an employer would judge a prospective candidate by their CV and cover letter first and foremost, without seeing their face until it was time for an interview. Today, recruiters will see your picture before they see your qualifications. The more alert and vibrant you look, the more energetic and innovative you’ll seem to recruiters. While you don’t have to look 25 to land a job per se, looking tired and haggard simply isn’t an option. This emphasis on looks only increases as you advance through the corporate hierarchy, too.
Better Surgical Methods are Leading to a Plastic Surgery Boom
In the past, investing in a facelift required more than just a financial commitment. Older facelift methods were deeply invasive, meaning that patients generally had to take at least a month off of work in order to recover. Moreover, the procedure often resulted in a distinct overdone “windswept” look (albeit temporarily—most facelifts would “settle” after 6 to 12 months) that let everyone know the patient had undergone plastic surgery. Naturally, none of this was ideal for busy working people. Most of us cannot jet off to a private island retreat for several months in order to disguise the fact that we’ve recently had our face lifted.
Fortunately, with modern facelift methods, either full facelifts or mini-lift variations, booking an extended vacation is no longer necessary. One generally only needs to take two weeks off of work in order to heal. Better still, artistically performed procedures no longer produce the telltale stretched look that used to be associated with facelift surgery. Instead, they carry a low risk of visible scarring and make patients look “naturally” younger. This is the case because surgeons now manipulate the supportive tissues below the skin, rather than just pulling the skin taut. They work with the underlying tissue of the face so that it resembles that of a younger person.
In addition to having access to convenient, natural looking facelifts, people can now schedule a wide range of nonsurgical “lunchtime procedures” to enhance the results of their facelift surgery. Injectable treatments like Botox and the volumizing fillers Restylane or Juvederm, for example, can be administered during the course of a half-hour appointment. And, because these treatments don’t require any downtime, patients can return to work immediately afterwards. Plastic surgery and other cosmetic treatments are, in short, more accessible than ever before. It doesn’t matter how busy you are—if you have a spare half hour, you can find the time to substantially improve your appearance.
Modern cosmetic procedures are generally safe, with few reported side effects. Botox is safer than most people realize; adverse reactions to nuts are more common than adverse reactions to this compound. As such, these treatments make a wise investment for many career-oriented individuals: for a reasonable sum, they can greatly increase their earning power for many years to come. Now that’s an intelligent risk.