Cosmetic surgery gains popularity among executives

Attractiveness is linked to higher pay and more than one fifth of executives and directors would consider surgery to help them move up at work
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/14/2005

Everyone knows that making a good first impression is key in the business world and to ensure they put their best face forward, more and more Brits are going under the knife to work their way to the top.

Plastic surgery might seem extreme, but it’s been proven that good looks are tied to higher salaries. A survey conducted by London Guildhall University found that “plain” men earned 15 per cent less than attractive men, while plain women earned 11 per cent less.

The distinct financial advantage to good looks might explain why more than 25 per cent of female executives would consider cosmetic surgery if they thought it would boost their chances in the workplace, according to a survey conducted by the Aziz Corporation.

But women aren’t the only ones affected by the plastic surgery trend in the United Kingdom. The Aziz survey found that nearly 20 per cent of male directors would consider cosmetic surgery to improve their career prospects.

Older workers are also feeling the pressure to stay youthful-looking to keep ahead of their younger counterparts. The Harley Medical Group, which has 11 plastic surgery clinics throughout the UK and Ireland, said the number of cosmetic surgery patients over 50 years old has risen from 5 per cent to 21 per cent in the last five years.

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