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Getting Plastic Surgery to Stay Competitive in the Workplace

Is Plastic Surgery the Next Trend in Getting Ahead at Work?


Gordon Patzer, author of Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined says that plastic surgery is "a good investment for the workplace" and predicts that it "will become a tool in career advancement—just like clothes or education." His extensive research on the impact of physical attractiveness has shown that good-looking college graduates are more likely to get hired, and supervisors who are attractive tend to be better respected. Take a deeper look under the bandages when you read more

According to The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, about two thirds of its members said last year they had both men and women come to them for cosmetic surgery with the goal of remaining competitive in the workplace. So what gives here? Is it that when someone feels better about herself or himself they exude more confidence and are then more competitive at work? Or are they competitive just because they are attractive and other people like to be around and look at them?

It would be idealistic to say that looks don't matter, because in reality, most people take note of appearances immediately and make some type of judgment based on appearances. Patzer noted that "higher education can improve physical appearance in others' eyes," but that apparently isn't enough to advance them through their careers. Does this mean that cosmetic surgery will be the next employment trend — first college educations were a general must if you wanted to get ahead, and now plastic surgery? What do you make of this?

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