Is Plastic Surgery Good for Your Career?

Ok folks, I wasn’t gonna do it, but after receiving some provoking messages after a tweet I sent out about Heidi Montag, I’m doing it. Let’s start talking: is plastic surgery good for your career?

We’ve all heard it before: good looking people are more likely to be hired and more likely to get higher salaries. I must admit, I would probably choose to hire someone who manages their appearance over someone who does not if given the choice. If the candidate can’t manage their appearance, how are they going to manage their job?

Back to Ms. Montag…

10- TEN- procedures in one day! US News & World Report (can you believe Heidi made this publication?!) reports that Dr. Frank Ryan performed the following procedures (which took 10 hours) on 23 year old Heidi: mini-lift of the brow, Botox in the forehead, nose job revision, fat injections in cheeks and lips, chin reduction, neck liposuction, ears pinned back, breast augmentation revision, liposuction on waist and thighs, and a buttocks augmentation. For those of you who didn’t know, Heidi had a nose job and a boob job 3 years ago.

The scary part is that the Dr. says everyone in Hollywood is doing the same thing Heidi did, but no one talks about it.

Ok, so there are several scary parts, bear with me…

Scary part #2– Heidi thinks that she needed this surgery to have the look of a popstar and that’s just “what people do in my industry.” The People magazine article quoted Heidi saying that she is competing with people like Brittney Spears while she was in her hey day. (Yeah but to our knowledge Brittney Spears was a wholesome, southern belle with talent, unlike you Heidi).

Scary part #3- She also tells Robin Roberts she hopes to get her own Barbie someday and seems flattered when Robin almost slipped and called her a Barbie…

Scary part #4– Her new album is called “Superficial,” (sorry, I refuse to link to it here) and she timed the announcement of all this surgery right as her album dropped. PR stunt anyone?

Scary part #5– Heidi really believes that this surgery will advance her career to fame and fortune.

How far would you go to advance your career? Do you believe that looks can advance someones career in industries outside of Hollywood?

Any one want to predict how long it will be before Heidi gets her next surgery? Or worse, what she will look like by 35?

Have you listened to her album? I did. It sounds like a copy cat of Brittney Spears but way worse and soooo digitized. I guess that explains why she wouldn’t sing in the Good Morning America interview..

I think that depending on your looks might help you land a job but keeping it and avoiding a sexual harassment suit is a whole different story.

Please let us know what you think about using plastic surgery as a way of advancing your career!

Nicole Emerick

Nicole Emerick founded Ms. Career Girl in 2008 to help other ambitious young professional women thrive in a career they love. Ironically, growing MsCareerGirl helped Nicole transition her own career from commercial banker to digital marketer. Today Nicole leads the social media team at a large advertising agency in Chicago. Nicole also served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University where she helped develop the careers of PR, Advertising and Communications students. Tweet with Nicole @_NicoleEmerick.