A number of people are turning to cosmetic surgery to boost their chances of finding a job, surgeons have revealed.
Dr Darrell Rigel, president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), told Reuters that people who have lost their jobs as a result of the weakening economy are considering cosmetic surgery so that they look good at interviews.
"We're seeing a lot of people come in here saying, 'I'm back on the job market again, and I've got to look good'," Dr Rigel revealed.
"They view this as an investment in helping them get a new job."
The surgeon's comments follow a survey by ASDS which found that demand for expensive cosmetic surgery procedures has dropped, but non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as botox are becoming more popular.
Nearly 32 per cent of the 562 ASDS members involved in the poll said that the number of new patients on their books had risen by up to 30 per cent, but people are shunning the more costly procedures in favour of non-invasive treatments.
A recent report by the Harley Medical Group found that demand for cosmetic surgery in the UK has grown by 35 per cent over the past ten months.
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