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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.


"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.


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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