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Summary: Has your co-worker gotten cosmetic surgery? Given how subtle results can be these days–and how quickly procedures can be performed–it’s likely that even if you have a co-worker who’s gone under the knife, you’d never really know it. Procedures such as Botox or dermal fillers have no downtime, making them a perfect solution for busy professionals who want to look just a bit younger.

Has Your Co-Worker Gotten Cosmetic Surgery?

Maybe you’ve been looking around lately and wondering why everyone suddenly looks so good. You might start to wonder: has your co-worker gotten cosmetic surgery? Have theyall gotten plastic surgery? Of course, the likelihood that every single person in your office has undergone a procedure is slim.

But cosmetic surgery is on the rise, and one of the reasons for that rise has to do with the workplace. Or, put another way, workplace related cosmetic procedures are becoming more and more popular.

The reasons for this are complicated and tend to be unique to the patient, a combination of social factors and personal ones. But there are a couple of general drives that are making cosmetic surgery for the workplace a little (or a lot) more common than it used to be. If you’re thinking about cosmetic surgery, you should speak with your doctor or with a surgeon about your options. Has your co-worker gotten cosmetic surgery? Well, that’s between them and their surgeon.

Respect Your Co-Worker’s Privacy

It should go without saying that the last thing you want to do is pry into your co-worker’s private life uninvited. Cosmetic surgery is usually classified as a kind of medical procedure, meaning there’s a certain amount of discretion expected. The patient can divulge as much as they want to, of course, but they don’t have to.

So as we talk about your co-workers and the surgery they may or may not have had, it’s important to remember a few guidelines:

  • Do not directly ask a co-worker if he or she has had any work done (this would be both rude and an invasion of privacy).
  • You could, however, talk about how you are interested in a procedure and see if your co-worker chimes in.
  • Make sure to keep the conversation workplace appropriate.
  • Cosmetic surgery can be a very sensitive topic, so make sure to remember that your co-worker can decline to answer any of your questions, whether you’re talking about their motivations or their results.

In other words, it’s a good idea to remember to respect the privacy of your co-workers as they discuss their cosmetic procedures. More importantly, remember that if your co-worker does not want to discuss their procedures, they certainly do not have to.

Youth is In These Days

Employment these days is kind of an odd thing. You need to be old enough to be experienced (every employer wants to hire someone experienced). But you also need to look young enough to seem like you have boundless energy. These two statements seem to contradict each other, but there’s no denying the reality behind them.

Indeed, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that there’s a considerable amount of illegal but difficult to prove age discrimination going on right now. (That’s largely a side effect of the Great Recession, but that’s a whole other article). And we have to be thoughtful about how age discrimination and an emphasis on youth can play into motivations behind cosmetic surgery.

A Promotion or Job Interview

One of the other (and not unrelated reasons) that cosmetic surgery is popular in the workplace is because someone is angling for a new job or a promotion. Cosmetic surgery is a good way to help yourself look rested, rejuvenated, and ready. But we can’t separate that entirely from the emphasis on youth we’ve already mentioned above.

It’s no surprise, then, that these motivations get all twisted and complicated. Most basically, someone who undergoes cosmetic surgery typically does so because:

  • They want to reduce the signs of aging
  • They want to feel more comfortable with themselves
  • They want to experience an increase in confidence and self esteem

Cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever, and everything we’ve been talking about today plays into why. Some people have very personal reasons for undergoing a given procedure. Other patients are motivated by professional reasons. The two types of motivators are not mutually exclusive, of course.

Cosmetic Surgery and Your Co-Workers

If you discover that one of your co-workers has gotten cosmetic surgery, it’s probably a good idea to follow that co-worker’s lead. Let them decide how much information to give out. And only engage on the topic (enthusiastically, if you want to be polite) when they bring it up. Not everyone wants the whole office to know about their cosmetic surgery procedures.

But Botox in the office is becoming more and more common. There’s no downtime, and you can be back at work after lunch. Has your co-worker gotten cosmetic surgery? It’s definitely possible. It’s also possible you’d never know.


About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been helping cosmetic and plastic surgeons market their procedures for over twenty years. He has been immersed in the plastic surgery industry and is constantly writing about news in the field.

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