How Getting Older Affects You in the Job Marketplace

Photo of ageism at work Locate A DocPeople 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.

Further Reading

  • Plastic surgeons are experimenting with Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) therapy and stem cell fat transfer procedures for facial rejuvenation.

  • Cosmetic surgeons that specialize in rhinoplasty and other aesthetic enhancement procedures often use specialized tools to ensure a more precise surgery. A recent study shows the benefits of an ultrasonic aspirator for rhinpolasty procedures.

  • Many cosmetic surgeons and medical spas offer hyaluronic acid gel-based fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm for filling out wrinkles and lines, and use them for the “liquid facelift” procedure. A new development announced at the American Society of Plastic Surgery annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting in September 2011 is a solid – not gel – hyaluronic acid filler that is instantly reversible. This filler may offer a more precise correction of wrinkles and lines than gel-based fillers, and is an exciting development in the field of minimally-invasive plastic and cosmetic surgery.