The Smith Plastic Surgery Institute in Las Vegas, NV, led by Dr. Lane Smith, a board certified plastic surgeon, provides a range of aesthetic and reconstructive procedures. Plastic surgery procedures can help improve a person’s physical appearance and effectively boost the self-esteem as well. However, in recent years, a number of women have been choosing cosmetic surgery procedures, motivated by a belief that it can help them compete better at the workplace.
The Competitive Edge at Work
Many women employees now seem to have a perception that if the signs of aging start showing in a pronounced way on their face and body, it can somehow reduce their competitiveness in the job. They believe that maintaining an energetic and appealing physical appearance is essential in most professions to achieve the best results. Job competition from a younger workforce makes the middle aged women feel the pressure in many cases, and they feel plastic surgery treatments can give them the edge to compete.
A majority of the working women may not be looking at extensive procedures from a cosmetic surgeon in Las Vegas or elsewhere, which can result in a substantial personality makeover. They are more keen to retain their current appearance levels and do not wish to look older than their actual age. Given a choice, they would like to delay the onset of physical aging process for a few more years so that they can retain their job competitiveness without any hurdle.
Plastic surgery treatment remains the top choice because of the inherent benefits of more effective and longer lasting outcomes. However, an increasing number of career women are looking for non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments. Cosmetic injectables, laser skin tightening, chemical peels, and even new techniques based on ultrasound, radio frequency and fat freezing technologies are becoming popular with working women.
Some of the key benefits of non-surgical treatments from a busy working women’s perspective are that the duration of the treatment is usually short, the procedure is simple and requires no general anesthesia, recovery is almost immediate, and the risks of post-procedure complications is minimal. A plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, NV may provide Botox treatment, for instance, in about 15 minutes, which a woman can schedule during her lunch break from work, and simply return to work after the treatment.
Plastic Surgery Options
Career women in their late 40s and early 50s may be more interested in receiving plastic surgery treatments to tighten loose skin, reduce deep facial wrinkles and folds, lift sagging breasts and reduce excess pockets of fat and cellulite. They usually do not mind looking their age, provided they look their natural best at their age. If their face is revealing a tired or old look, they would like to achieve a more rejuvenated facial appearance.
More than beauty or youth, their concern is to look energized and active in their overall appearance. In fact, several middle aged working women ask their cosmetic surgeon not to remove the facial wrinkles entirely, but only to soften their impact to make them look more natural, and not ‘overly plastic.’ Liposuction, breast lift, facelift, brow lift, tummy tuck, and breast implants are popular surgical procedures among working women.
How the Economy Influences Perceptions
Global dull economic conditions have prevailed for nearly a decade, competition for jobs has grown, and layoffs have become common in recent years. These conditions appear to have consolidated the perception among working women that more youthful looks can help them remain competitive at work in a challenging economy. In 2009, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) compiled data from a survey of 756 women in the age group of 18 to 64.
The data revealed that a large number of working women are of the opinion that their career prospects can receive a boost with cosmetic surgery. The survey results showed than 73 percent of the respondents are of the view that physical looks contribute to the chances of a woman obtaining that job she interviewed for, receiving recognition and promotions at work, and even acquiring more customer approvals and acceptance. 13 percent of the respondents said they would consider cosmetic treatment to increase their competitiveness in the job market.
An overwhelming four in five respondents believed that improvement in appearance with a cosmetic procedure can increase the confidence of a woman at the workplace. Apart from the ASPS study that was conducted in 2009, several national publications and TV channels have also interviewed working women who have indicated that cosmetic surgery can be a tool to improve a woman’s workplace competitiveness.
Source of Survey: ASPS Press Release