stay-competitiveMost people agree that you shouldn’t let yourself become too comfortable in the workplace and that it is vital to keep your competitive edge. No matter how “secure” you may feel in your job, the economy is full of uncertainty and a lot can happen. One way that both women and men are seeking these advantages is through cosmetic treatments and procedures.

Women continue to make up 82 percent of all surgical and nonsurgical procedures. The top procedures undergone by women are rhinoplasties (nose surgery), followed by facelifts, blepharoplasties (eyelid surgery), and laser skin resurfacing. The most common nonsurgical cosmetic procedures are neurotoxin injections (Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin), hyaluronic acid fillers, and non-ablative skin resurfacing. Women want their employers to see them as energetic and youthful, rather than tired and old.

“I didn’t want my wrinkles and sagging skin to be perceived as someone tired and not interested in exceling,” says Sarah H. “I want to look as young as I feel—getting a facelift not only turned back the clock 10 years, but also boosted my confidence level immensely.” Sarah believes that this renewed confidence propelled her career forward.

Men want to look younger and more masculine, stating these characteristics are imperative to climb the corporate ladder. The most common procedure undergone by men is rhinoplasty. Chin enhancement is another procedure that men are very interested in, whether by placing chin or jaw implants to create a stronger jawline or undergoing surgery for realignment. The chin can also be sculpted through liposuction. Hair transplantation procedures are an appealing option as well to refresh the hairline and look more youthful. The most common nonsurgical procedures are neurotoxins and hyaluronic acid injections.

“I’m fine with some wrinkles, I just don’t want to be perceived as having this permanent angry expression on my face all of the time—it can be off-putting,” says Steve S., who decided to have Botox injections. “I was hesitant at first, but the result was exactly what I was looking for. People didn’t know that I had done anything physically, they just thought I looked happier.”

Make a consultation appointment with your facial plastic surgeon. Discuss what areas of your face you would like to improve. If you would like a more modest change, start with a minimally invasive treatment—immediate results with little downtime—or a combination of remedies. If you are ready for a permanent, more noticeable change, consider a procedure that will rejuvenate and help you feel confident in your skin.