Can Cosmetic Surgery Make You More Professionally Competitive?

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Can cosmetic surgery help you get a job? Will the right procedure be the ace in your pocket to retaining an executive-level position when you’re in competition with someone younger and otherwise at risk for “aging out”?

The idea that cosmetic surgery can “boost your chances for a better job” or “give you an edge in the workplace” has been tossed around in recent years like a bean bag in a game of hot potato among media outlets. The question is, when the music stops, can the right treatment actually help your career or are you just as likely to be out of the game?

Unfortunately, no one can definitively answer that question, but we do know several things:
  • Age is just a number.
  • Older generations are fitter and healthier than those of decades past.
  • What you look like can influence how you see yourself and how others see you. 
  • Confidence is powerful.
So let’s consider this further. Most everyone will agree that age is just a number. It’s just a question of how well you do it. Mentally acute? Check. Professionally motivated? Check. Physically energetic? Check. Sharp wardrobe? Check.

But how well rested do you look? Do you look like you have the energy to keep up with the job’s demands? Do you have the respect of your team?

Unfortunately, heavy eyelids or a lowered brow can make you look sad, tired, or angry when you’re not. Jowls, heavy wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots give you an unwelcome jolt every time you catch your reflection, which, in turn, can affect confidence levels and thus how others see you too.

So, can cosmetic surgery give you that edge you want or need? It depends on several factors, but if it’s done well (improvements indiscernible to others), it’s not likely to hurt your position, and it could be that leverage you’ve been looking for in the workplace. Oh, and looking as young as you feel isn’t so bad either.


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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon