We all know about the personal benefits of cosmetic surgery, but what about the idea that it can advance your career prospects? It’s a theory that has been bandied about for a while now, but here’s some evidence to back it up.
A study conducted last month commissioned and published by the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal1 looked into the impressions others had of women before and after cosmetic surgery. In an attempt to assess perceptions of four particular aspects – success, age, attractiveness and health – 483 highly educated volunteers partook in an online survey which involved looking at photos of 13 women’s faces, without being told if they had undergone a facelift or not.
According to the results, the images of women who had had work done were perceived across the board as healthier, more successful, more attractive, and younger.
Put the best face on your prospects
OK, so it’s not the most scientific of studies, but it’s worth looking into. The most obvious, no-brainer takeaway we can garner from this is that whether we like it or not, facial attractiveness is still a hugely desirable aspect, especially in women.
And again, whether we like it or not, people like to be around facially attractive people, especially in the workplace. Despite the ‘highly-educated’ tag foisted on the volunteers (60% of them had a college degree, and almost a third had a masters or doctoral degree), they still drew a connection between being ‘attractive’ and ‘successful’, despite not knowing a thing about the people in question, bar what their faces looked like.
It’s all in the mind
Maybe we should look at this from another angle; because as well known, there’s more to the benefits of cosmetic surgery than looking more attractive or turning back the clock: there can be a heap of psychological benefits too, we find that they have more to do with career success than anything else.
A lot of the patients we deal with would not be described in the slightest as physically unattractive, but there’s something about their appearance – either facially or bodily – that really affects their self-confidence.
In a great many work-related situations – from meetings to presentations to job interview situations – self-confidence is a huge factor. And self-image is irrefutably linked to a person’s confidence. And this belief has directly impacted upon the demographics of the people we see coming in for procedures nowadays.
Once considered the exclusive preserve of the rich and vain, cosmetic surgery is now being used by a wide range of people, for a wide range of reasons. Gone are the days when it was seen as exclusively for women, too: the general opinion amongst people in 2017 is ‘if I can do something to make myself look and feel better, why not?’ So, whether you’re looking for a competitive edge in the workplace or want to finally tackle the part of the body that’s been bothering you all your life – or if you just want to treat yourself to a spot of rejuvenation – it makes sense to come and talk to us.