Older adults opting for plastic surgery during unemployment

February 23, 2011

Older adults opting for plastic surgery during unemployment
Older adults opting for plastic surgery during unemployment

As competition between job hunters remains stiff, more people are going the extra mile to stand out to employers on their resumes and in person. More companies are hiring young adults with college degrees, putting older individuals at a disadvantage. However, a number of Baby Boomers are fighting back by undergoing cosmetic procedures to remain competitive, according to NBC affiliate KGW.

Experts say that facelifts are becoming increasingly popular for those who want to give themselves a youthful appearance before an interview. The one-time procedure is long lasting and takes between three and four hours, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Wendy Marsh of Portland, Oregon, is one example of a woman who went under the knife to get an edge on younger job candidates.

"It wasn't as dramatic as I thought a facelift would be," Marsh told the news source. "I was back to looking for a job three or four days later, very little bruising."

In addition to surgery, aging adults are also focusing on perfecting a smile that “exudes competence on the job” by having teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and other corrective dental work.

Individuals who are considering plastic surgery should consult a board-certified plastic surgeon and be aware of the results and recovery time expected.  


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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