September 4th, 2009
Dr. Sam Rizk, a board-certified plastic surgeon, said he has seen a rise over the past year of executives, many out of work, traveling to his New York practice for a facial cleanup to improve their chances against tough competition.
The surgical work is not cheap, he said, but for patients such as Mr. Slatkin, it’s an increasingly important investment to set them apart in the business world.
“Some of them have held a job for 25 years, are in their late 40s, early 50s, and have never considered plastic surgery,” he said. “Now they are laid off, the competition is fierce and they find themselves going into the job market with a lot of younger people.
“I think that our society and our country judges us by our appearance, whether we like it or not. But these are men who want to be judged by their resume, very educated people,” he said. “If you give the image that you are tired and have not slept, that image doesn’t do well in an interview and people do make character judgments about the way you look.”
Mr. Slatkin added, “The economy is so bad … and it’s not getting better soon. You need hope. This gives you hope.”
Excerpt from “The Washington Times”
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