I had a request from a journalist to help find someone over 50, who had tried botox, fillers, and cosmetic surgery but had subsequently decided that it was not for them and to grow old naturally and gracefully. I happily tweeted the request and posted on the Fabafterfifty facebook page. I was quite surprised by the response. Nobody came forward (at the time of writing the opportunity to have your say in the national press is still there). Quite the opposite.
It seemed that there were those who hadn’t tried- and had no intention of doing so, but the majority who responded said that either they had had either non-surgical treatments (such as botox or fillers) or cosmetic surgery, and had no intention of stopping, feeling that it was something they would continue to treat themselves to for as long as possible. Others said that if they could afford to do so they would not hesitate, and that cost was the only reason for not having these types of treatments.
Pressure to look younger at work
I know that I have met several women recently who have said that they have botox and fillers because of the constant pressure to look younger at work- especially when going for interviews and competing against younger job applicants (one or two have been featured in Fabafterfifty). One lady I met said she felt that she had no choice, and saw it as an investment. She was looking for a job in retail and felt under incredible pressure to look ‘young’.
I am all in favour of women choosing to have botox, fillers or other anti-ageing treatments because they want to. The fact that there are options out there , provided you ensure that you visit a qualified practioner, is great. I do feel uncomfortable, however, if women feel they HAVE to have treatments, just to feel employable. Incidentally I have also met men who feel they need to look younger to compete in today’s job market too- so it is not solely a female issue.
How do you feel about this issue? Have you felt pressured to look younger just to get a job?