Cosmetic surgery ‘may aid job chances’

Older executives are increasingly resorting to cosmetic surgery to boost their chances in the jobs market, according to a leading doctor.

Since May plastic surgeon Professor Laurence Kirwan has carried out more than 50 aesthetic operations on people who said they believed the surgery would help make them more employable at his clinic in London’s Harley Street.

Prof Kirwan, who also works in the Middle East and the USA, said many people over the age of 40 were finding they were now having to go up for jobs against much more youthful rivals.

He said it was already common in the USA for executives to turn to the surgeon’s knife to improve their appearance in a bid to make themselves seem the best candidate for top jobs. But he said this trend now seemed to have spread to the UK as well.

He said it was natural for bosses to feel more positive towards people with a youthful appearance.

Prof Kirwan added: “Employers are no different from anybody else, regardless of what might be a difference in qualifications or experience.”