Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Plastic surgery rebounds as job seekers try to look younger -- desperation in desperate times?

As the U.S. economy gets a lift, so do faces.

More than 13 million cosmetic plastic surgeries were performed in the U.S. during 2010, up 5% from 2009, according the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or ASPS.

Phillip Haeck, president of the ASPS, has noticed a sharp increase in plastic surgeries in his own practice. And much of his business is coming from men over the age of 55 who are concerned about keeping their jobs.

"It's very, very important that you hang on to your job in this market and men seem more willing to do things to keep that job," Haeck said.

Scott Livingston, 57, opted for blepharoplasty, or an eye lift, in December after considering it for several years. "I wanted to be competitive with the next generation in my field," the financial planner said. "You have to be the very best you can now, more so than ever and your image has a factor." (read more)