Workers are increasingly visiting cosmetic surgery clinics in a bid to look young, the Harley Medical Group has claimed.
The latest figures show that bookings for botox among 45 to 65-year-olds have increased by 51 per cent in 2008 across the cosmetic surgery group's 23 UK clinics.
Liz Dale, director of the Harley Medical Group, said: "Many of our patients at the City clinic, especially men, are using cosmetic treatments such as botox to take years off their looks, giving them increased confidence and, they feel, an edge to their looks.
"It appears that, like older workers, they feel it's important to invest in their looks, despite cutting back across other areas."
Meanwhile, bookings for more invasive youth-boosting procedures have doubled this year as workers try to stay one step ahead of their colleagues.
Ms Dale claimed: "Most patients think about cosmetic surgery for many years and office competition simply acts as a catalyst."
Dr David Rahimi, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon from Los Angeles, recently told Bloomberg that even in a recession, people "still want to look good".
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