Cosmetic Surgery Essay
Axia College of University of Phoenix
Even though cosmetic surgery is risky and expensive, a number of older Americans are choosing cosmetic surgery to compete in the workplace. Albeit a costly option, "cosmetic surgery could help older workers compete for scarce jobs" (Emling, 2009, p.1). After working in the same field for years many older Americans are losing their jobs and their hopes of finding a position in the same field are slim. Older Americans are facing the option of learning a new skill set in hopes of obtaining rewarding recession proof employment only to face another obstacle, the competition seems to be younger and more vibrant.
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Benefits of Cosmetic Surgery
When an older American loses a job, it is devastating. Because of the recession, older Americans do not have the luxury of retiring when an unexpected job loss occurs. The emotional and physical ramifications of losing a job as an older American are many. Older Americans may believe the loss of a job is a personal attack and are upset after giving decades to their career. Not only have they lost their income, but they lose their identities, too. Many have likened the experience to a divorce or a death.
One way to counteract these ramifications is through cosmetic surgery. When people look healthier, they begin to believe and act healthier both emotionally and physically. Cosmetic surgery may not be the fountain of youth, but for many older Americans it not only improves their appearance, but gives them the added boost needed to compete in today's job market. The added confidence from a more youthful appearance adds freedom to many older American's, the freedom to face adversity with a new face. When an older American has a better outlook regarding his or her physical appearance, he or she could become more resilient and less afraid of the future.
The stock market crash, the recession, and job losses are forcing older Americans to postpone retirement. Many older Americans not only work for monetary reasons, but for social and psychological reasons. Working gives older Americans motivation and enthusiasm for life.
Reasons will vary; however, there is enough compelling evidence for older Americans to choose cosmetic surgery enabling them to continue to be vital, young-looking, and important members of the workforce. According to a survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons:
The ASPS surveyed 756 women between the ages of 18 and 64. About 13 percent said they would consider having a cosmetic medical procedure to bolster their confidence and make them more competitive in the job market.
About 3 percent said they already had a cosmetic procedure for that reason, while 73 percent said they believed that appearance and youthfulness play a role in getting a job or a promotion, especially in the midst of a recession
Although more men are having cosmetic procedures, women still cover most of the market. Many men are turning to cosmetic procedures to help give them a youthful appearance and a perceived advantage in the workplace (Collins, 2010).
Expense of Cosmetic Surgery
One should consider if benefits of cosmetic surgery will outweigh the costs. Many older Americans are willing to make this gamble. Some older Americans view cosmetic procedures as an investment and are willing to finance the investment with loans. "Plastic surgery loans can involve financing charges of 12-19 percent, according to industry experts" (Zeidler, 2009, p. 1).
Costs are affected by a myriad of factors. The most popular procedure among older Americans is injectable wrinkle fillers, such as...