When Growing Older Isn’t an Option

— Facial Plastic Surgery Organization Unveils the Truth about Aging in the Workplace

New York, NY, May 10, 2001 — Thinking about changing your look, getting a new hairstyle, buying a new suit, or perhaps, undergoing facial plastic surgery all for the sake of succeeding in today’s youth-oriented job market?

7.8 million working Americans , who believe that looking older is a disadvantage on the job, will consider undergoing facial plastic surgery , a national survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reveals.*

The AAFPRS conducted a survey of approximately 700 employed adults to uncover Americans’ true feelings about their job security — when “Aging” strikes. The survey reports that 85 percent of employed people in their mid-forties to mid-fifties believe that personal appearance is a factor that employers consider when promoting their employees. When asked how important a role appearance plays in their ability to get ahead in their profession, close to eight in ten men and women agreed that appearance is either ” extremely ” (19 percent), ” very ” (25 percent) or ” somewhat ” (34 percent) important.

People begin to become concerned when they start noticing facial wrinkles that were never there before, says Dr. Russell Kridel, president of the AAFPRS. “It’s not just that people are vain – it’s that people feel physical appearance plays an important role in workplace success. While facial plastic surgery may not be for everyone, there are a variety of techniques that can rejuvenate an aging face and restore a youthful appearance.”

When it comes to worrying about how the aging process will take its toll on their employers’ perception of their on-the-job performance, one in four employed Americans worry that their employer will think of them as less capable than younger employees. This concern knows no boundaries between salary ranges. For this also rings true for employees earning both under $25K a year and up to $75K a year.

Is facial plastic surgery the answer? When asked if they would ever consider facial plastic surgery to resolve the issue of looking younger for their job, women were more than twice as likely as men to say they would consider facial plastic surgery for professional reasons. However, while more women than men may admit to thinking about undergoing a facial plastic surgery procedure, in another recent survey conducted by the AAFPRS, facial plastic surgeons report performing 21 percent of all cosmetic procedures on men (with rhinoplasty as the most popular procedure)**. Among the men and women who said that they would consider plastic surgery, the procedures most contemplated are facelifts (20 percent), rhinoplasty (nose job surgery, 15 percent), laser resurfacing (11 percent) and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery, 11 percent).

But don’t let men fool you! As men become more appearance-conscious, they are also doing the things that women have been doing all along. The AAFPRS also asked 500 men what they are doing to preserve their appearance. Interestingly, one in five men interviewed admitted to using a moisturizer on a daily basis – with 36 percent of them being 18-34 years old. Additionally, 41 percent of men said that they apply sunscreen when going outdoors, and men both young and old confessed to dyeing their hair.

About the AAFPRS:
The AAFPRS is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons – with more than 2,600 members – whose cosmetic and reconstructive surgery focuses on the face, head and neck. Academy fellows are board-certified and subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by calling 1-800-332-FACE or by visiting the AAFPRS Web site, www.FACEMD.org.