Whether we like it or not, our external appearance affects the way we feel about ourselves – and more often than not, the way others view us. Being happy with the way we look gives us a boost of confidence, which may have an impact on our work. A team of sociologists at NYU found that women’s weight gain leads to a decrease in their income level and their job prestige. The same results were not observed in men. So, it seems that the way we look can have tangible effects on our success at work.
Many women have experienced negative comments on their appearance at work, such as not looking young enough, or looking tired. In fact, Gary Breslow, a plastic surgeon and CEO of Zwivel, an online cosmetic consultation service, says that the majority of the platform’s users are women, and around half of them are working mothers. In addition to this, a report by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery revealed that 57% of people undergo plastic surgery in order to stay competitive at work.
Overall, the choice to get plastic surgery should be a personal one. Rather than asking others for their opinion or basing the decision on the judgment of others, go for it only if it will give you confidence and make you happy with the way you feel about yourself, which ultimately will boost not only your career but your life in general.