People decide to have plastic surgery for a variety of reasons, ranging from medical issues to simply just trying to improve their looks. A newer trend has been an increasing number of older individuals opting for plastic surgery to compete with younger applicants and employees in the workplace to combat potential ageism.
“There’s no question that in the last five years, it’s happened way more often,” says plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Portnell of Media, PA. Research suggests two specific reasons older people are opting for surgery:
1. Older individuals want to compete with younger competitors at work.
2. People who are employed and afraid of ageism get surgery to maintain a youthful look.
Since the economic crash of 2008, people in an older age bracket lost their jobs. The perception is (true or not) that employers look at people past a certain age as unemployable for certain jobs, despite the fact that the potential employee may be perfectly qualified for the job. The common stereotype? Older people are set in their ways, require more money and are not as vibrant or energetic. The solution? For some it’s plastic surgery. Generally the procedures are not extensive, but rather to improve looks subtly.
The decision to get surgery does not just occur in the 50+ age category, however, professionals in their 30s and 40s are investing in perpetuating their youth as well. As unfortunate as the conception of ageism is, it exists and affects people every day. So, for some this option to get surgery gives them the edge they feel they need.
Read more about options to maintain a youthful look and other anti-aging treatments in our resources section.