24 June 2009

Older job hunters in the United States are increasingly turning towards cosmetic surgery, according to a new feature in the Miami Herald.According to the newspaper, 1200 unemployed people in south Florida recently applied for free non-surgical cosmetic procedures - including laser liposuction, Botox and dermal fillers - offered by a cosmetic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale. What's more, a recent survey from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) indicated that 75 per cent of its member surgeons had treated patients seeking facial plastic surgery in order to remain attractive in the job market. Dr Steven Pearlman, a past president of AAFPRS told the Miami Herald: "Youth is becoming more and more emphasized in the workplace. The seasoned experts, once pictured in ads with lots of wrinkles, have been replaced by young go-getters with multiple degrees and the appearance of boundless energy." The report may be US-based, but many experts have been highlighting similar trends in the UK and Europe. For instance, last month, research from the Harley Medical Group indicated that not only had the number of male plastic surgery operations increased by 26 per cent over the last 12 months, but among the groups most likely to go under the knife were city workers and accountants - two sectors that have been hit hard by the recession. Another report released earlier this year indicated that demand for cosmetic procedures in the UK - including Botox, dermal fillers, facelifts and nose jobs - has increased since the start of 2009, despite rising unemployment. Non-invasive procedures in particular have been seeing a boost, as they may cost less and provide short-term appearance boosts that can also enhance self-confidence.