You don’t need much, but a quick glance at the daily newspaper or a walk down a grocery store aisle will let you know that the economy continues to sag and the cost of purchasing items isn’t getting any cheaper. But while the U.S. economy appears in need of a lift, there are some measures that could raise your spirits and make a difference in your personal economic outlook.
Much like the economy, those creases on your forehead or those drooping eyelids could also use some long-overdue lift. In fact, more and more middle-aged working women are seeking plastic surgery, not to look like reality television housewives, but instead to keep up in an increasingly competitive work environment.
Professional women in their ‘40s and ‘50s are making proactive decisions to soften their appearances before they begin to be perceived as too old and hardened for their jobs. They want to look refreshed and certainly not tired and wrinkled. The workplace, unfortunately at times, can judge you for how you look and not the job you are capable of performing.
Fill a Void
For that reason, plastic surgeons are seeing more patients opting for dermal fillers or chemical peels to slow the natural aging process and look healthier. Dermal fillers can inject new life into your appearance. These products act as the word indicates. Dermal fillers – like Restylane and Juvederm – restore the skin’s volume and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Injected under the skin along the creases and grooves, dermal fillers can replace voids in depleted facial areas around the mouth or lips, tear troughs under the eyes and near the cheekbones in just a few minutes. The treatment is quick and painless and the results are visible for up to three months.
Botox® is, perhaps, the most renowned, non-invasive solution. This popular injectable treatment has become a household name to the millions who have used the injectable to address dynamic wrinkles like crow’s feet, frown lines, and furrows in the forehead without making a larger commitment to surgery. Botox® is different from dermal fillers in that it is a neurotoxin which address the underlying muscles responsible for certain facial wrinkles.
Despite the slow economic recovery, consumers invested in 14.6 million cosmetic procedures in the United States last year, including both minimally-invasive as well as surgical procedures, up 5 percent from 2011, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In addition, 5.6 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 1 percent.
Even men over the age of 55 who are concerned about keeping their jobs in an unstable market are choosing to take years off their face by getting rid of lines around their eyes or on their foreheads. Many consumers select non-invasive procedures because they are less expensive, can be performed in the time it takes to take lunch, and do not require any extended time away from work.
For some, the strained economic times have made plastic surgery an important rung on the ladder of success. Surveys, including one by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, have found working women to believe that cosmetic medical procedures make them feel more confident and competitive in the business world. Those who haven’t already had cosmetic surgery to increase their value say they would consider a procedure to give them the competitive edge and compliment their professional knowledge gained over time.
Invest in Yourself
An investment in plastic surgery can be well spent. Researchers have published results in the Journal of Labor Economics that found employees who are perceived to be good-looking earn about 10 percent more annually than their colleagues.
Prominence in the workplace can begin at the tip of your nose. A flat nose can be perceived as just that. On the other hand, a well-shaped nose commands respect. Rhinoplasty, like cosmetic surgery, can be considered an investment in your business portfolio.
Rhinoplasty, commonly called a nose job, proportions the nose symmetrically with your face to enhance harmony while often providing a boost in self-confidence as well. Nose surgery can correct breathing impairments caused by structural abnormalities. It can reduce the size of your nose, alter the width at the bridge, eliminate visible humps or depressions, and change the nasal tip and nostrils that are too large.
If you are thinking about a cosmetic procedure to help you in your existing position or to get that dream job, there is no getting around education. You still need to do your homework. Cosmetic procedures are still medical procedures and need to be treated as such. Safety should be a consumer’s job one. Get educated about plastic surgery and secure your opportunity.
Vet your plastic surgeon in the same manner that an employer would ask questions of you. Make sure that the physician you choose is qualified and board certified. Plastic surgeons should have plenty of testimonials and before-and-after photos of prior patients to share with you.
Make your plastic surgeon work for you. It is your face – your nose, your ears, and your neck – that is on the line when deciding if plastic surgery is right for you. Cosmetic procedures can often help you to improve not only the way you look but the way you feel about yourself as well.
To schedule a consultation call Sandy Friedman, director of patient relations for Dr. Nachlas, at (561) 939-0909. You can also reach us at drnachlas.com/contact-us.