US survey shows women trusting cosmetic surgery for workplace edge

New research has shown that many American women are turning to plastic surgery to give them an edge during the economic recession. The survey compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) spoke to over 700 women between the ages of 18 and 64, and many revealed they felt cosmetic surgery procedures were an important boost to their career success.A release from the society shows that 13 per cent of women said they would consider having cosmetic surgery to make them more confident and competitive in the job market. What's more, three per cent admitted that they had already gone under the knife to increase their value in the workplace. One patient, insurance broker Janice Axelrod, said she recently had a chemical skin peel and liposuction. She said: "Time has given me the professional knowledge. But time can take away the youthful sparkle of my appearance if I let it. When you look good, you feel confident. That gives me a competitive edge and something my clients have come to expect from me." The survey found that 73 per cent of women agree that during challenging economic times, appearance plays an important part in getting hired, seeking a promotion or getting new clients. An ASPS surgeon, Loren Schechter, said: "Not only do the women believe youthful looks help in the workplace... they're acting on that belief." While many women are seeking cosmetic surgery to stand out from the pack, the ASPS is still warning patients to seek out qualified surgeons to avoid injury and serious side effects after surgery