33MD for January 27, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

If you’re like many Americans, finding employment may be harder than it looks. That’s why some job hunters are giving more than their résumé a face-lift. With 11 million people searching for work nowadays your résumé may not be the only thing employees are looking at. Veteran marketing and sales rep., Sandra, eats right, exercises, and dresses well. The only thing she can’t control her are wrinkles.

The 50-something year-old decided to do something after she became concerned for her job security since a lot of companies are looking to slash costs by hiring younger people who will work for less. Sandra says, “Someone may look at me now and think she’s not willing to work that hard anymore, which is not the truth at all.” Which is why she went for recession rejuvenation, receiving restylane in her smile lines. She’s not alone; a 2008 survey showed 2/3s of American plastic surgeons treated men and women hoping to stay competitive in the work force.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon Steven Dayan says the unemployed have become an unconventional customer. “We do see more patients coming to me saying, ‘Doctor, I’ve got a job interview coming up, what can I do to look my best?’”

To look their best, these patients are opting to go under the needle instead of the knife because of the lower costs and quicker results. Nationwide, Botox treatments are up 13% in just one year. Restylane treatments are up 35%. These non-surgical cosmetic procedures range in price from $300 to $1,800. But it’s important to note that in this economy, experts say looks will only get you so far.