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    The latest résumé boost? Cosmetic surgery. In an increasingly rough job market, Judith Newman finds that it pays to look good.

    The Career Lift


    But instead of getting kudos for her makeover, Trisha may have garnered a little envy: "Even though I think I'm more attractive, I'm more of a threat, too. My female boss seems to like me less and isn't listening to me the way she used to."

    Shortly after our interview, Trisha was let go.

    Maybe the key is to be up-front about what you're doing. Don't pretend you've got miracle genes - just fess up to the fact that you want to shave off a few years.

    Ultimately, appearance really isn't that important, at least not to me. To hide that I want to look better - younger, more appealing - is to give that desire more weight than it deserves. If I hired somebody to write my stories, I'd be ashamed. If I hired someone to suck out my fat, I'd give you his number. But then, I've never been such a fan of nature anyway. Nature gave us mosquitoes. Man gave us the Sistine Chapel. And silicone.

    HIRING FREEZE: New, nonsurgical solutions that erase age.

    1. Lancôme High Résolution Eye Refill-3X, $55.
    2. RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler, $21.95.
    3. L'Oréal Paris Collagen Filler Lip, $19.99.
    4. Givenchy Radically No Surgetics Global Age-Defying Eye Treatment, $100.
    5. Clinique Youth Surge SPF 15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer, $48.50.

    WORKPLACE ADVANTAGES: The latest "lunchtime procedures" let you perk up without sacrificing too much precious office time. Boston derm Dr. Ranella Hirsch gives us the scoop.

    NAME: Evolence
    A porcine-derived collagen that fills fine lines, restores cheek volume, and lasts 12 months.
    DOWNTIME: Minimal to none
    COST: $500--$1000, depending on how much you need.
    RISKS:: Bruising, swelling

    NAME:Cynosure Cynergy
    WHAT IT IS: A multiwavelength laser that primes skin before treatment so pigment, red spots, broken blood vessels, or hair can be removed with a safer, lower dose of energy.
    DOWNTIME: Up to three days
    COST: About $1000 per treatment, with two to three treatments typically required.
    RISKS: Bruising, burns, discoloration

    NAME:Alma Lasers Pixel 2940, Fraxel re:store
    WHAT THEY ARE: Ablative fractional resurfacing lasers that treat brown spots, fine lines, sun damage, scarring, and melasma, with limited injury to the skin.
    DOWNTIME: Three days
    COST: Starts at $1500
    RISKS: Burns, discoloration

    Originally published on February 20, 2009

    Brush Up on Beauty

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