Summary: Most of us go through some kind of daily pain for work, whether it’s a commute, a wardrobe change, or putting up with an annoying co-worker. We’ll do a lot for our jobs. But what about plastic surgery? According to a recent survey, there’s some evidence that plastic or cosmetic procedures will have an impact on your career—or at least, your prospects of a career. A lot of this has to do with perceptions: how you perceive yourself and how that plays into how others perceive you. The results of the survey make quite a few suggestions in that area.

Getting Plastic Surgery for Work?

For most of us, our careers are pretty important. And, generally, we tend to separate our careers and what we do with our spare time—for example, getting plastic surgery. We’ve talked recently about how plastic surgery procedures can, indeed, extend the lifespan of your career, helping you stave off retirement. But can plastic surgery actually make you more hirable or a better employee? That’s a tough question to answer, because obviously we all want the answer to be “no.” That’s the way it should be. And, realistically, plastic surgery won’t make you a better employee directly (though it may make you a happier employee). But it may have something to do with the way people perceive your employment.

This perception probably shouldn’t be underestimated. After all, a large part of how you get a job is based on perception: perception of your skills, your experience, how you’ll fit in, what you’re like to work with, and so on. Recently, the plastic surgery social media site RealSelf.com issued a survey asking questions that dealt with the intersection of plastic surgery and the workplace. The survey results were striking, though not necessarily surprising. We are, after all, sometimes a remarkably shallow society. And on that note, let’s take a look at those survey results!

Survey Results

  • Voluma: Women who had undergone Voluma injections were seen as more trustworthy, creative, competent, friendly, and motivated. Voluma is an injectable filler designed to mitigate wrinkles and make the face look fuller, more radiant, and more youthful. It is definitely possible that patients who had undergone Voluma were seen as more youthful—and that this translated into another set of features. It’s also possible that certain wrinkles tend to make the face look angrier, more tired, and less approachable. Voluma addresses many of these issues.
  • Rhinoplasty: According to the results of the survey, women who had undergone rhinoplasty (the so-called nose job) were seen as more motivated and more competitive and more creative. This one is a little bit harder to decipher than the Voluma result. It’s difficult to figure out why a nose job would have any bearing on how one is perceived. The closest I can come is that a patient who has had a rhinoplasty is, generally, much more comfortable with his or her appearance than a patient who has not had rhinoplasty. Simply being comfortable in your own skin can have a huge impact on how you’re perceived.
  • Facial Procedures: More generally, perhaps, women who had undergone some kind of facial procedure, from a nose job to a chin implant to an injectable filler, generally scored as being more competitive and creative, as well as more reliable. They were also viewed as being trustworthier. This is an interesting result, if only because it’s somewhat counterintuitive. There are, in fact, some obvious contradictions in these results. But I think it picks up on one important thing: people who want plastic surgery generally feel much more confident with themselves and their bodies after they have received that plastic surgery.

Using Plastic Surgery to Feel Great About Yourself

At the end of the day, plastic surgery is designed to help you feel great about yourself. Whether you’re getting Ridgewood Botox treatments or California tummy tucks. In other words, most patients get plastic surgery simply because they want to feel great about their bodies. Sometimes that can be accomplished through diet and exercise, but sometimes that’s simply not possible: your body throws up too many defenses for you to get the result you want naturally. And sometimes you simply don’t have the power to naturally alter your body in that way. This means that cosmetic and plastic surgery can play a key role in helping people feel great about their bodies.

And the truth is that part of how you’re perceived at work or on the job has to do with how comfortable you are with your body. I have a theory that the reason you’re supposed to dress up for a job interview is not to show how fancy you are, but to show how comfortable you can be dressing for success. In other words, it’s not enough to have a fancy suit—you have to look comfortable. And, to a certain extent, if you dislike the size or shape or wrinkles of your own body, it will be very difficult to look comfortable.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising, then, that many people look to plastic surgery to feel better. If the results of this survey are any indication, it certainly works.

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