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Could a facelift give you the edge at work?

It's not just women lining up for procedures.

Doctor holding syringe ready for injection Could going under the knife boost your career?
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It's not just fresh young ideas that have career value nowadays — could a face untouched by life or time be a résumé booster?

It's not just women lining up for fillers and facelifts — guys, too, want to keep up appearances in the office with a little knife work.

“I’ve had a good number of male patients who have it done specifically to improve work prospects and their professional lives,” says New York City-based plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman.

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“It’s shown statistically that there’s discrimination in the workplace after age 40. The pressure to be young is very, very real,” says "Paul," 45, who works in e-commerce and wishes to remain anonymous. He says he started getting Botox to boost his confidence at work. “When senior management are 28- to 32-year-olds, you do everything you can to compete.”

Many men in their 40s and 50s are going in for treatments, but 74-year-old Murray is still active in his business and opted for a neck lift.

“I wanted to take off some years," says the New Yorker. "I am very happy with the results. Many people I’m talking to in business are 25-30. You have to have credibility. They don’t want to talk to their grandfather — their uncle maybe, but not their grandfather.”

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“They're competing with 28-year-olds, but it’s not like we’re going to make them look like they're 28,” says Dr. Schulman. “Men can age and look more distinguished, but at a point they look tired and saggy, and don’t exude vitality and look worn out. It doesn’t give the right impression. Just like you go to work in a pressed suit, and get a good haircut, men don’t want to neglect their faces.”

 
 
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