plastic surgery help get you that promotion?

Summary: Having you been thinking about plastic surgery as a way to help get you that promotion you’ve been after? You might want to think a little bit harder—mostly about your plastic surgery feelings. If a procedure is something you’ve always wanted anyway, then using a facelift to help get you a promotion could be a win. But it’s certainly not a prerequisite to a career boost.

How Can Plastic Surgery Help Get You That Promotion You’re After?

I’ve been seeing these stories circulating lately about how cosmetic surgery can be good for your career. But will plastic surgery help you get that promotion? Or is that just unsubstantiated hype from a particularly good publicist? The answer is—as usual around here—far from cut and dry.

The most simple and straightforward approach is to say this: advancing your career is not a great reason to undergo surgery (though it’s a bit more understandable in cases of cosmetic, non-invasive procedures). That’s not to say that getting a promotion (or, you know, a new job) isn’t important—we know it is.

But plastic surgery is going to make permanent changes to the way you look and, therefore, to the way you look at yourself. Will plastic surgery help you get that promotion? Maybe—but if it doesn’t, you still want to be happy with the way you look.

Ultimately, the best reason to get plastic surgery is this: because you want it. I know that sounds kind of obvious, but what I’m trying to do is draw a distinction between getting plastic surgery due to outside pressure and undergoing a procedure for your own happiness.

What Does Plastic Surgery Have to do with My Job?

In order to really get to the heart of this question, we’ve got to answer one simple question: what does plastic surgery have to do with your job? There are a few common answers to this question:

  • Absolutely nothing: In many cases, people will feel that plastic surgery really has nothing to do with their performance at work and, thus, should not impact their career tracks.
  • Looking your age: There are other people who feel that promotions tend to go to younger candidates. There’s certainly no denying the existence (and prevalence) of age discrimination. You might (not unreasonably) think that one way to avoid such discrimination is to look more youthful.
  • Having confidence: One of the major reasons that people get plastic surgery at all is to look and feel more confident. The surgical procedure brings the patient’s body into alignment with his or her body image—or that’s the idea, anyway. For patients who want plastic surgery, that generally leads to an increase in confidence and self-esteem.

Ultimately, the plastic surgery you choose to undergo—whether it’s a facelift, blepharoplasty, or other rejuvenating procedure—will likely have little to do with your actual work performance.

That’s why we’re not really comfortable thinking of plastic surgery as a vehicle for your promotion. Surgery carries with it inherent risks. If you want plastic surgery that’s one thing—it has great transformational powers. But most surgeons prefer that your surgery be the goal, not a means to an end.

Surgical vs. Non Surgical Solutions

The waters get a little murkier when you start considering non-surgical and non-invasive solutions, however. That’s because non surgical, cosmetic procedures can be quite easy to get and the results are temporary. This can make it tempting to get a little “pick me up” before an important interview.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with choosing this route, as it can help you feel confident before your big day. But there are a couple of things in mind:

  • Non surgical treatments such as Botox and Kybella can take several weeks to become apparent. You’ll want to plan your injections so that you’re showing peak results by the time of your big day. This kind of foresight isn’t always possible, but it’s definitely something you should think about.
  • Beware of bruising. You want to plan ahead in order to ensure that you see the best results possible, but also so you can avoid showing bruises. While it’s not going to happen every time, injections can cause you to bruise. You don’t want to go in and ask for a promotion with bruises on your face! True, many of these bruises can be covered by make-up, but it’s probably best to avoid that kind of situation altogether, and get your injection a few days before any meetings.
  • Cosmetic surgery carries risks as well. These risks are much less significant than those associated with surgery, of course, but they are still there. That’s why you definitely want to make sure it’s something that you’re really comfortable with before committing.

Not Making a Case for a Career Boost Approach

One thing that I hope has been clear throughout this discussion is that we’re not trying to make a case for any one approach—and we certainly don’t mean to imply that plastic surgery alone is going to skyrocket your career.

The reality is a little more nuanced. What we mean to say is that plastic or cosmetic surgery can give your confidence a boost—which, in turn, can help many aspects of your life, career included.

Can plastic surgery help get you that promotion, or that new job? Possibly—but only if it’s something you already wanted.

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