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A Nose Job and a Promotion

While plastic surgery is commonplace in some career fields—television and movies, primarily—more and more Americans are turning to drastic procedures in order to climb the corporate ladder. Research says that changing your look with surgery can go a long way in the workplace, especially when they ultimately affect one’s self-image and confidence.  The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery confirms this fact, saying that two-thirds of its members cited wanting “to remain competitive in the workplace” as a reason to undergo the surgeries.
 
Gordon Patzer, author of  Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined, says that “good looks” affect the way people are treated from the beginning of life. Attractive babies are held in the hospital more than their less attractive counterparts, and attractive adults are more likely to get hired for a job in the first place. Patzer makes other, less drastic suggestions for bettering our self-images, such as exercise, good hygiene and paying attention to the way we dress. Nonetheless, he predicts that cosmetic surgery will eventually become equated with a good education: just another tool for advancing in the workplace.
 
Do you think it’s possible that physical appearances will ever become less emphasized than they seem to be now? [Usnews.com]
 

Posted: 5/14/08