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Is Appearance Linked to Job Security?

Does beauty and/or a youthful appearance play a role in securing and/or maintaining employment ….and if so, does this pertain to  men and/or women ?  Within the past 24 hours, I read one article supporting that comment for women,  “Young Women Contemplate Plastic Surgery to Keep Their Edge in the Corporate World” ( , and another article for men, “Plastic Surgery – It’s a Guy Thing, Too”  (,0,3215972.story).

In the case of women, instead of the women’s lib movement of the 1970’s, when women fought to take the focus away from their appearance and on to their achievements, the women of the Millennium or Me Generation (those born between 1980-1999) have no second thoughts about using superficial qualities to climb the corporate ladder. Reportedly, the major down side of this thought process is aging.  Now the Me Generation, in their low to mid 30’s, are in competition with Generation  Z (women in their 20’s), so to keep their competitive edge, they are turning to non-surgical plastic surgical treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and skin resurfacing procedures (peels, FRAXEL™).

In the case of men, statistics have demonstrated a dramatic increase in Plastic Surgery, up 121% from 1997 to 2011. The overall trend has been attributed to aging, but more specifically, in the past 3 to 4 years, it has been linked to the declining economy….the job market requires men to look more youthful to maintain that competitive edge. Those procedures  performed most frequently by men to appear younger are lipoplasty (liposuction, body contouring) and blepharoplasty (eyelid lift).

These articles reflect concepts that most of us perceive to be true, whether right or wrong. We all hope that, in the real world, we are judged, not by our looks, but by our character, or in the work place, by our work ethics and accomplishments.