Seeking an Edge, Job Seekers Try Plastic Surgery

Some use loans to finance the investment
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2009 3:40 PM CDT
In this photo released by the Advanced Centre for Plastic Surgery cosmetic surgeon Dr. James A. Matas works with a patient in Orlando.   (AP Photo/Advanced Centre for Plastic Surgery)
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(Newser) – Job seekers perking up their resumes with literal facelifts are stimulating the plastic surgery industry even in the grip of the recession, Reuters reports. "People cannot only rely on their skills in this market," says a surgeon whose $6,000 facelift option is popular with the unemployed. The trend is especially popular among women.

Some clients are even turning to plastic surgery loans—with interest rates up to 19%—says a Manhattan surgeon who offers a "Job Fighter Package" promotion. "I know I'll soon have to interview," says a 56-year-old music executive who spent $17,000 on a facelift. "I look at least 10 to 15 years younger and I have more confidence."