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Summary: We do many things to get ahead in life. Our careers are, after all, usually a vital component of our personalities and our identities. But what about plastic surgery? Is there a role for plastic surgery for career advancement? It’s an interesting question and one that does not have a simple, straightforward answer. Indeed, the answer is going to depend on the individual and the career in question. It’s no secret that people can judge you based on how you look, but I suspect what’s more important is how you feel in your own skin.

The Impulse to Use Plastic Surgery for Career Advancement

Maybe you’ve just had a review at work. Or, maybe your review is coming up. Typically, when you have a review is the same time that you will be offered a promotion or a raise; it may also be the same time that you ask for a promotion or a raise. If it isn’t review season for you, maybe you’re searching for a job. We all know (though, some of us have chosen to forget) how difficult it is to find a job: how stressful it might be, how you’re always worried about how you look. And therein lies the it that’s important to us.

For most of us, it matters how others view us. Now, certainly there are those exceptional people—those people who have such high self-esteem that the opinions of others bounce off and do no harm. That’s what we all aspire to. But it’s not where most of us spend a great deal of our time. Instead, sometimes how we present ourselves to others has a dramatic impact on the way we feel about how we look. It’s only natural, then, that we would want to have as much control over how we look as possible, so as to better control the way people think (or the way we think they think) about us.

The Benefits of Plastic Surgery

This can be especially tempting when you’ve got a big event coming up, such as a job interview or a job review. Indeed, the link between job-related events and plastic surgery has been well noted. But can plastic surgery really give you a leg up in your job interview? Or is that some kind of marketing gimmick? Well, the truth lies somewhere in between. Certainly, plastic surgeons are likely to tout the social benefits of plastic surgery in addition to the physical benefits.

But that doesn’t mean those benefits are completely made up. Indeed, some of those benefits are quite real. But you have to plan well for them. Certain procedures, such as Botox or dermal filler injections, can be done immediately and have very little physical evidence (there may, for example, be some bruising—but that bruising should diminish quite quickly). But those procedures will produce only very minimal and subtle effects. If you want big effects—something like a rhinoplasty or a facelift—there is going to be a long recovery period. During this recovery period, your skin may be both bruised and swollen.

Short Term and Long Term Fixes

That’s not how you’re going to want to go into your job interview, of course. Bruising and swelling aren’t going to send the signals you want to send. So you’re going to have to wait for those effects to diminish, and when it comes to plastic surgery, that could take weeks. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—as the results are usually well worth the way. It just means that plastic surgery cannot be used as a last minute way to get a better look. Plastic surgery takes planning and time.

That doesn’t mean you don’t have any options if you need something last minute. If you have a job interview coming up and you want to eliminate some of your wrinkles, then you may best be served by a non surgical solution. Plastic surgeons offer these solutions in the form of injectables such as Botox or Juvederm or Radiesse. All of these injectables offer a different way of treating wrinkles, so to find the one that best suits your needs, you’ll need to talk to your plastic surgeon. But let’s put it this way: if you want to look and feel a little more youthful before a job interview or a job review, there’s definitely a way to do it.

How You Feel is More Important

So does it work? Honestly, that depends on how good you feel. These procedures are designed to make you look and feel more youthful—and while it’s true that people are wired to respond to youthful looks (there is some advantage in that), the real power comes in feel good. When you’re confident, it shows, and it’s really confidence that I think people are looking for. So while, yes, it helps that people look more youthful, I think it helps a lot more if they look confident, and that’s really what plastic surgery does.

According to the website of the Minneapolis facelift experts at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, facelift recovery can take several weeks, so if you’re looking for plastic surgery for work purposes, make sure you plan ahead. After all, it could really help your career chances—or, at least, your confidence.

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