With unemployment rates still lingering around 10% in Philadelphia and around the country, many people are working hard to give their professional lives and resumes a lift. Some savvy individuals, however, are turning to a somewhat less conventional method for getting back into the workforce—cosmetic surgery.
According to the Chicago Tribune, older workers are considering a “nip and tuck to stay competitive in the job market.” Because most job seekers have limited income and less time to spend on a cosmetic treatment, minimally invasive procedures are the most popular.
Brief treatments like Botox or Dysport can reduce visible wrinkles and fine lines on the face, shaving years off your appearance. Other injectables like Restylane or Juvederm involve little downtime and can quickly correct wrinkles caused by reduced skin volume, conditions that can prematurely age you.
Skin renewal treatments like light chemical peels can often refresh the face with little to no downtime. With a chemical peel, dead, dull surface skin is removed, encouraging the production of new skin cells resulting in a more vibrant looking you.
While non-surgical treatments continue to grow in popularity, they can’t compare to the results of facial rejuvenation surgery. Blepharoplasty can reduce puffy and drooping eyelids, while a facelift can tighten the sagging tissues that make you look older. Surgery does require more downtime, but the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques can help you get back to your routine as quickly as possible.
Although cosmetic procedures might help one jumpstart his or her career, it pays to seek out a qualified surgeon that won’t try to sell you a procedure you don’t need or can’t afford.
Last year, a Medspa in the D.C. area announced a promotion of free Botox for the unemployed. Dr. Christopher Hess, a plastic surgeon near Washington D.C., questioned their motives. He wrote on his blog, “Why would anyone try to attract patients that clearly don’t have any disposable income to buy products that require disposable income?” Because “spas are businesses that look at the bottom line first and patient care later on,” he concludes.
Ultimately, the decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure, as well as the motives behind it, remains solely up the individual and what benefits they hope to gain from the procedure.
For affordable cosmetic treatments, Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Genter offers specials to his patients.