Do you need plastic surgery to further your career? There have been plenty of news stories lately talking about how cosmetic procedures can help people reach new levels of success. But we don’t necessarily buy into the notion that such surgery is required to be successful.

Will Getting Plastic Surgery Really Help Your Career?

There have been several recent news stories about a new trend in Silicon Valley: more men are undergoing plastic and cosmetic surgery. The thinking is that Silicon Valley really values youth–youthful energy, youthful ideas, and so on. The way for an older individual to project youth, then, is seen as plastic surgery. But do you really need plastic surgery for your career?

Frankly, no. So, Silicon Valley is certainly not a microcosm of the rest of the nation (or world for that matter). So it’s not as though what is observed in that small part of California can be applied more broadly. But even if it could, plastic and cosmetic surgery should be rather personal decisions. Which means your career shouldn’t be the only factor you consider.

More Than Just Your Career to Think About

You really have more than just your career to think about. Plastic surgery carries with it certain inherent risks. Yes, most procedures are considered to be very safe, but there’s still risk. So if getting ahead in your career is your only consideration, it might be worth thinking about a different approach.

That said, if you want the aesthetic benefits of plastic or cosmetic surgery, that might be a different story. Or, to put it in simpler terms: the primary reason you should undergo plastic surgery should always be to make yourself happy–not for the benefit of anyone else.

In theory, there are some ways in which cosmetic surgery could indeed help your career:

  • Certain procedures could help you have a little more confidence or self esteem, which could reflect well on you in certain professional settings.
  • There’s no denying the effect that age discrimination can have on your chances of getting hired or promoted. In theory, cosmetic surgery can help alleviate some of these effects (though it’s definitely a case of treating the symptoms and not the underlying condition).
  • Certain cosmetic procedures produce only temporary results. So if you aren’t happy with your results, you can usually just wait for them to go away.
  • Cosmetic procedures can help you feel at peace with the way you look–bringing you into closer alignment with your self-image.

But There’s a Lot to Consider

So there are definitely some benefits to undergoing plastic or cosmetic surgery. Maybe you get that big promotion. Maybe people at work start taking your ideas more seriously. But there’s a lot to consider before deciding to go under the knife.

First and foremost, it’s important to think about what procedure you may end up undergoing. In the best cases, your cosmetic surgery procedure will address a longstanding issue–something you’ve always wanted changed or improved. In other words, it’s important that your cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure have some long term value to you.

Some of the most common plastic surgery procedures used for this purpose are:

  • Botox: This injectable can temporarily eliminate unwanted lines and wrinkles from certain areas of the face. The effect usually lasts 4-6 months.
  • Dermal fillers: These injectables will fill volume to eliminate wrinkles and make the face appear fuller (and more youthful). The results typically last anywhere between 12-18 months.
  • Facelift: A surgical facelift procedure can get rid of lines and eliminate unwanted excess skin. A facelift will make you look significantly more youthful and the results are permanent. But you will need to take some time off of work for your recovery.
  • Coolsculpting: It could be that taking a little bit of excess fat off some part of your body could help you feel more confident. That’s why Coolsculpting is a popular (non surgical) option.

Of course, the best option will be the one that works for you individually–the one that will help you feel happy, comfortable, and confident in your own skin. It may help your career, sure–but that’s just an added bonus.


About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been helping plastic and cosmetic surgeons market themselves for over twenty years. He loves learning and writing about the fields of cosmetic and plastic surgery.

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