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Plastic Surgery, Discrimination and HR?

Originally posted: April 10, 2011 on TrishMcFarlane.com

Watching the Today show this morning, there was a story about the increased number of men who are going under the knife.  Botox, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peel, and soft tissue filler are the top procedures men are now receiving.  Apparently, this trend is on the rise.  So, why would a man even consider plastic surgery?  Here are a few ideas:

  • To compete with other men
  • To get ahead in the workplace
  • To find, or keep, a woman
  • To try to make themselves feel younger by looking younger

Based on all the men I know, I find it hard to believe that a majority of them would even consider these procedures.  Well, maybe laser hair removal, but that would be it.  I don’t have a strong feeling either way when it comes to having plastic surgery.  If it makes a person feel better, do it.  If not, don’t.

What does this have to do with HR?

Apparently, one of the guests believes that HR discriminates against men who get these types of procedures.  WHAT? It’s true. His basic assumption was that HR professionals see these men who look too perfect and we don’t hire them.

Ok, I don’t know what this man’s qualifications are but I can assure you, if I’m interviewing someone, male or female, unless you look like Heidi Montag or the lady that made her face look like a cat, I will have no idea that you’ve had procedures done.  I’m just not that observant when it comes to deciphering whether or not someone has had Botox injections.  And, I venture to guess that most HR pros would say the same thing.

What do you think?  Do you even know when a “regular Joe” has had a procedure?  Do you even care? Let’s see what people say in the comments.

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