May. 28, 2015
Beth Beck

Cosmetic Surgery for Careers’ Sake: Look Who’s Getting “Work Done” for the Workplace.

In recent years, it has become abundantly clear that non-surgical and surgical cosmetic procedures aren’t just for models, media personalities and actresses anymore.

The workplace can be a competitive place for females and males…regardless of how you earn your keep. Keeping up with the twenty-somethings can be daunting, particularly when you’re in a field or work environment that encourages competition among colleagues rather than collaboration and teamwork.

Say you’re a litigator, in front of a jury and charged with persuading hearts and minds, and you look tired and angry…even if you aren’t tired and angry? What if you’re a sales rep, presenting in front of potential customers and you look haggard and run down when you feel energetic and enthusiastic?

Folks in fields far and wide are facing those same challenges and seeking treatments to face the world, and the workplace, with greater confidence.

For better or worse, we happen to live in a world where what you look like influences how people react to you.

“I’ve had more than a few female attorneys visit for wrinkle-relaxing Botox® Cosmetic and skin tightening Thermage® treatments,” notes Kathy Allen, Registered Nurse provider at The Skin Center’s Mt. Lebanon, PA location.

“They are looking for effective, non-invasive treatments that’ll boost their confidence so they can look as young and vibrant as they feel when they’re in front of juries and working with younger colleagues,” Allen says.

For Allen’s patients and dozens like them, the treatments are about maintenance and a self-esteem boost, like a power suit or a great briefcase—just one more tool to get an edge.

It has long been a trend among models, actresses, media personalities—male and female—to dabble in Botox and facial fillers. When your face is your moneymaker, slowing down the hands of time is a pretty big motivator.

But why should aging gracefully be reserved for those who make their living on camera? It shouldn’t, and these days, it isn’t.

People in sales, litigation, health and fitness, politics and the list goes on, are choosing to put their best face forward for business reasons. It’s not just about beauty or vanity; it’s often about the desire to stay at the top of their game, and extend their time as a vital member of the workforce.

Allen’s advice for those folks: “If there’s any advice I give to my clients, it is to remember that less is more. If some is good, more isn’t better. I’m all for the conservative, subtle approach. And the truth is, my patients don’t want dramatic. They don’t want to be 50 and look 25—they just want a boost to look and feel their best.”

Of course there’s a certain level of inherent vanity at play, but hasn’t there always been? Teeth whitening, hair coloring and a billion-dollar-a-year anti-aging industry have given way to a logical next step to shave a few years off the clock by smoothing a few wrinkles from the forehead.

And nobody has to know (unless you want them to).

“Many of my clients are hush-hush about what they are doing to defy age and gravity, but they aren’t so hush-hush that they won’t send their friends to me,” laughs Allen.

“When someone asks them, they tend to be open about what they’ve tried, that’s how their colleagues end up becoming my new patients. They don’t necessarily broadcast that they are getting Botox, but they don’t quite hide it either.”

The taboo is fading for Allen’s clients, which seems to be the trend from celebs to supermodels and on down the line. The secrecy is nearly gone. It’s hard to buy into or perpetuate the illusion of perfection in the era of facial fillers and Photoshop.

“Nobody is flawless or ageless,” cautions Allen. “I encourage my clients to have realistic expectations about all procedures. We are seeking improvement, not perfection.”

It’s not for everyone and that’s perfectly fine.

Just because there are more treatment options available than ever before, and they’re becoming increasingly mainstream by the minute, they certainly aren’t for everyone.

If fine lines, from crow’s feet to forehead creases, don’t bother you, then move along. These cosmetic procedures, minimally-invasive and beyond, are elective. If you elect to forgo the filler, eschew the hair color and boycott the Botox, it’s your choice alone.

Many people are satisfied with a fantastic skincare regimen, others choose frequent non-invasive treatments from peels to lasers, and still others love their quarterly Botox and facial fillers. Certain clients opt to move on to cosmetic surgery with procedures like the QuickLift® Facelift or the EyeQ® Eye Lift when they feel the time is right for them. As Allen emphasizes, “It’s about the individual and helping them to achieve the results they’re after.”

To learn more about non-surgical and surgical skincare treatments and procedures, call The Skin Center at 1-800-429-1151, or visit www.theskincentermd.com to schedule your free consultation.

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