Government statistics indicate that an increasing number of people are seeking cosmetic surgery in an attempt to get ahead or maintain their position in the workplace. Unfortunately, in these competitive times, age discrimination is all too common. But it is not just older people looking to become more competitive with their younger colleagues. It has become almost a rite of passage for young men and women to have a corrective/enhancement procedure done at the beginning of their careers to increase their potential value to prospective employers. Good looks are associated with good health, and a potential employee’s good health gives employers confidence in their work ethic.
Patients seeking cosmetic surgery consultations, regardless of age and gender, may hope to gain self-esteem and confidence by altering physical characteristics, thus making themselves more competitive in the eyes of future employers. This is much more basic than the pressure to look perfect in a world obsessed with beautiful celebrities. Procedures that include male gynecomastia correction, otoplasty, female breast enhancement/reduction, rhinoplasty, facial liposuction, chemical peels, facial fillers, and labiaplasty are among procedures that can enhance a young person’s sense of self worth and confidence, allowing them to focus on what they are intellectually able to offer future employers.
Many patients will ask, “Do I need plastic surgery?” Plastic surgery is an elective procedure and nobody needs it, however many people want it, and after having it find that they have improved not only their happiness and self-esteem, but their potential worth in the eyes of employers. Financing options, such as Care Credit, can allow immediate improvement in one’s appearance. Much like higher education financing, these loans become an investment in the future. Of course, adolescent candidates for cosmetic procedures should be at least 18 years old, and procedures should be delayed until patients have the emotional and physical maturity to make an informed decision.
Anita Vennekotter RN