16 March 2012

Australians are increasingly turning to cosmetic surgery to boost their job prospects. This is the main finding of research carried out by Flinders University sociology professor, Anthony Elliott, who spent five years studying the subject. Professor Elliott believes that severe job insecurity is one of the reasons for the current trend in cosmetic surgery procedures and makeovers.“Sometimes it is [workers] picking up on a particular sense of company direction or mantra as to age and appearance ... youth and vitality being central," said Professor Elliott in an interview with ABC Life Matters. "Sometimes it might be a matter of a conflict with someone at work that's younger and it's felt this is a way to obtain a particular edge,” he added. He says that many of those asked said they felt that after their early to mid-30s, they felt as though they were being “presented as pretty old by competitors”, and that this drove some to take action. “Rightly or wrongly, I think many people are now deciding that a freshly-purchased facelift or some suctioning of fat through liposuction could be the best route to enhance your career prospects," he said. See original story here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-15/cosmetic-surgery-workers-jobs-makeover/3891542/?site=melbourne