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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

How To Survive A Recession: Boobies AND Facelifts



Reuters reports that plastic surgeons are seeing a rise in the number people coming to them who are also job-seekers. Why? 'Cause in a recession it pays to be shallow:
... some surgeons and patients are now citing increased interest in surgery among people wanting to look younger and "fresher" for the ever-competitive job market.

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"Before the economy turned down, people would come in because they wanted to have more fun and enjoyment out of life," he said. "But now plastic surgery has become a necessity for some. People cannot only rely on their skills in this market. They want to look refreshed and youthful so they can compete for jobs," [plastic surgeon Payman Simoni] he said.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released a recent survey showing that American women were looking at cosmetic surgery to get a competitive edge in the workplace.

About 13 percent of the 756 women surveyed, between the ages of 18 and 64, say they would consider having a cosmetic medical procedure to make them more confident and more competitive in the job market.

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Manhattan plastic surgeon Stephen Greenberg saw an opportunity in this growing trend and recently began promoting a "Job Fighter Package" for men and women.

"We've probably done no less than 50 to 60 tune-ups since launching the package about five months ago," Greenberg said, noting that not all the "tuneups" have involved surgeries, but also less costly and invasive procedures like cosmetic injectables.

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