Strange Ways to Stay Off the Bread Line

For months now, news outlets have been filled to overflowing with stories of the currently-and-impendingly jobless — not surprising, given the dramatic effect unemployment has on those unfortunate enough to experience it.

Still, this has got to be the strangest side-effect I’ve seen yet:

In this troubled economy, you may be thinking about beefing up your resume or adding to your portfolio, but how about going under the knife? As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez found, hundreds of people in the Chicago area are turning to plastic surgery to keep or land a job.

In his 10 years as facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Dayan has had no shortage of patients in his downtown Chicago office. But these days, Dr. Dayan says more and more are looking for an edge in the challenging job market.

Apparently, sales people are leading the charge, which is unsurprising, I suppose. Or at least unsurprising once I’ve gotten over the general feeling of unease at willingly going under the knife for one’s job. All in all, it’s hard for me not to see Dr. Dayan’s assumption as correct:

What they don’t recognize is that undergoing these treatments improves their self esteem so much, so that in itself may be one of the reasons why they’re doing better.


Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming -- "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks" -- he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

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