As much as we’d like to believe it isn’t true, there is a real stigma associated with age in our society—in the workplace, in relationships, everywhere. All else being equal, who do you think has the greater chance of getting a big promotion: a 59-year-old, or a 49-year-old? If you’re on a dating app, do you worry that your current pictures make you look too old, and that it will hurt your chances? And if you’re looking to improve your odds of success, whether in the job market or in the dating game, is a facial in Scottsdale, AZ going to be sufficient, or will you need to try a more extreme approach?
These are the kinds of questions people frequently ask themselves as they’re going through the aging process in middle age and beyond. And it is the issue of age in the job market that can be especially sticky for some people—there’s a real chance that age (or appearance of age) could cost a person thousands of dollars per year in salary opportunities.
One study at the University of Texas indicated just how big of a difference in salary a person’s appearance can make. In the study, people categorized as looking “better than average” had salaries of up to 18 percent higher than those who were categorized as “plain” or “below average” looking.
Increase in cosmetic procedures
This is one of the biggest reasons why cosmetic procedures have been steadily rising in popularity over the last decade. This is especially true among men, who have increased their usage of Botox injections by 355 percent over the course of the last 15 years as they seek to hold onto their youthful appearance and remain competitive in the job market while delaying retirement. Since the end of the recession, in particular, non-invasive cosmetic procedures have seen a significant increase, likely due to people needing to stay in their jobs for longer to make up for the losses they suffered during the downturn.
Some might question whether these types of procedures can truly make a difference in the job market, but there are certainly professional career counselors and advisors who think so. In one study, researchers surveyed corporate hiring managers and discovered more than 50 percent of them advised job seekers to spend just as much money (or more) on improving their appearance as they spend on improving their resume.
Some of the most common solutions recommended include:
- Botox and Dysport: These treatments help lift and open eyes, smooth the forehead and relax tension in the face.
- Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane): These treatments help erase some of the marionette lines that can form around the mouth, and also help to plump up the lips and fill out the face. They can also be used in the hands, especially if they’re particularly veiny.
- Sclerotherapy: This is a treatment meant to dissolve bulging or discolored veins with an injection.
- Thermage: This is a treatment that tightens sagging or wobbly skin beneath the chin and neck.
For more information about some of the various non-invasive cosmetic procedures available to you, or to schedule an appointment for Botox or microneedling in Scottsdale, AZ, we encourage you to contact Allure Medspa today for more information about our services.