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Working Women Believe Plastic Surgery can Boost Their Career Prospects

by Dr. Daniel Lin

women in businessShine Cosmetic Surgery, led by Dr. Daniel Lin, is a state of the art plastic surgery practice for patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia and surrounding communities. Dr. Lin is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing face, breast and body cosmetic surgery procedures. The popularity of various cosmetic surgery procedures has grown in recent decades. The segment of working women has shown an increasing level of interest in cosmetic enhancement of their looks, not just from an aesthetic motivation, but because they tend to believe it can help further their career goals.

“Looks Matter on the Job”

Women who pursue their careers in a competitive way seem to be influenced by a perception that once age starts showing on their face and body, it reduces their chances of career growth or even impacts their performance, particularly if they are involved in sales or public relations or other public service jobs. There is an underlying sense of pressure to maintain youthful appearance and somehow delay the aging process in order to compete at the workplace. A significant number of women in jobs are now keen to opt for plastic surgery just for the sake for their careers.

In the category of working women, the demand is not so much for extensive body cosmetic surgery procedures because their intent is not to look younger for the sake of beauty enhancement. Their primary goal is largely to maintain their existing physical appearance and at least not look older than they are really are. A facial plastic surgeon in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, or other areas may offer suitable cosmetic procedures for professional women who are in their middle age. Innovative procedures can help address their concerns about not been seen as “too old” for certain job assignments, and maintain their competitiveness at the workplace.

Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Treatments

Most patients understand that plastic surgery treatments are most effective in terms of desired outcomes and long-lasting effects. However, in case of many working women, the limitation is that they may not be able to afford the time required for recovery from a surgery. Therefore, many working women are keen to choose non-invasive or minimally invasive alternatives such as cosmetic fillers, chemical peels, laser and ultrasound therapy, or innovative treatments such as CoolSculpting.

The advantage with most non-invasive or injection based cosmetic treatments is that they do not involve any significant amount of downtime. Treatments such as Botox can be scheduled even during the lunch hour, and the patient can simply return to work after the treatment session that may last only a few minutes. Minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments can provide only temporary results, but the risk of complications is minimized and recovery is quick, which is a key advantage from a working woman’s point of view.

“Healthy Looking Middle Age”

Many working women in their forties and fifties are not really looking at the prospect of reducing several years off their face or body. Their goal is not enhancement of youth and beauty, but to appear at their “healthiest best” in their middle age years. As a matter of fact, many middle aged patients ask their facial plastic surgeon not to give them a dramatic looking facial makeover or remove their wrinkles completely. They like to achieve subtle improvements in their facial appearance that can take away the “tired” look from the face and make them look rejuvenated.

Cosmetic Surgery and Job Market Conditions

The continued economic slowdown, outsourcing of jobs, more people competing for a fewer jobs, and an increasing number of layoffs have made more working women shed off their complacency about how they appear at the workplace. They do not want to leave anything to chance that may hurt their competitiveness in the job market, particularly when the economic environment is full of uncertainty. The demand for face, breast and body cosmetic surgery has grown significantly because many working women feel that their career may depend on how they look.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) compiled the data from a survey of 756 women between the ages 18 and 64, and found that a considerable number of women actually believe that plastic surgery can help them achieve their career goals. 73 percent of respondents in the survey said that in tough economic times, looks play a greater role in becoming hired, obtaining that vital promotion, or accumulating new clients for the employer. Four in five respondents said that they believe a cosmetic procedure to improve appearance can boost a woman’s confidence at all levels and in all aspects of life.

Source of Survey: ASPS Press Release

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