Finding a job, and keeping it, is unfortunately all too often a difficult part of life. In today’s age many industries prefer younger workers, making youth a very valuable asset. Often, employers will look at a person’s age even before they consider competence and experience. While this is clearly discrimination, it is a fact of today’s working world. This is a problem for all of us… we all age.

This is what leads many middle aged workers to consider cosmetic surgery. They believe it may give them an even playing field, or even an advantage over younger competition in what experts are saying to be an ageist workplace. This is evident in the statistics shown by ASPS (American Society for Plastic Surgeons) and even in the BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons).

Ageism has become so palpable today. Even people who are still in their 20’s and early 30’s are getting more concerned, and figures show they are already nipping the problem in the bud, so to speak. Cosmetic enhancements like nasal surgery, Anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and laser treatments are popular procedures to discourage signs of ageing.

Unemployment and Self-Perception

Cosmetic Surgery

Losing your job or not being able to find one in the first place, because of advanced age, causes a lot of older jobseekers to feel depressed. This failure to secure a job, especially when submitting several if not hundreds of applications, and receiving knock-back after knock-back, intensifies feelings of worthlessness, and affects self perception.

Even more concerning, is that not being able to secure work shortens life spans. In a study conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), 80% of people admitted to experiencing ageism. A study conducted by the Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reported that 39% believed their chance for a promotion was affected due to their age. Those between the ages 30-39 were found to have better chances at a promotion compared to those over 50. Another interesting fact is that how you view aging can affect your life span – those who view it more positively are said to live approximately 7.6 years longer!

For some people, one way to cope up with the physical aspects of aging is by getting cosmetic enhancements; especially with the increasing improvements in the practice and technology with associated surgeries. Cosmetic surgery and other aesthetic treatments can help to improve one’s self esteem, and in turn assist them in feeling confident to secure that elusive job. Just be careful that you don’t expect cosmetic surgery to solve all your problems, as being realistic about what you want to achieve through cosmetic surgery is very important.


Minimally invasive procedures have seen the most growth in recent years. This can be linked to both advances in technology and the lower costs that these treatments have over surgical procedures. Technological growth in the industry has paved the way for excellent skin tightening devices, such as ultrasound (eg. Ultherapy), laser technology (eg. Erbium Laser) and radiofrequency (eg. Thermage). Skin resurfacing is also a popular choice as it helps remove sun spots, uneven skin tones, scars and wrinkles. Less invasive treatments such as these are widely requested even among those who are still in their twenties.

Patients with more pronounced ageing concerns such as skin or areas that have lost volume can consider cosmetic surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty, eyebrow lift, rhinoplasty and facelifts.

Positive Effects of Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic enhancements do have the potential to assist older jobseekers to feel better about themselves. It can improve self-perception and confidence.

Something for everyone to remember when considering cosmetic surgery, especially if it is to get one foot in the door in landing a certain job, is that it should always be age appropriate. Your desperation to land a job should not overshadow what is realistic in terms of cosmetic enhancements. A good cosmetic surgeon will guide you through this and help you see how features can be enhanced, not completely changed. This is no cookie cutter treatment, but should be fit according to your individual features, concerns and what is realistically achievable for you.

Kathy Lim

Kathy Lim writes for Esteem Cosmetic Studio - a cosmetic clinic specialising on various aesthetics and cosmetic procedures.

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