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Older employees stick it out in a youth-driven job market with a little help from Botox

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The economy may be recovering, but the job market is still tough. Competition is intense at many companies, where older employees are constantly facing younger rivals for the same positions. Many workers who are in their 50s and 60s certainly feel up to the challenge, but they may be wondering what they can do to stay afloat in increasingly youth-driven industries.

For some people, looking as good as the competition is one way they are hoping to boost their confidence and impress upper management. While a brand-new wardrobe, dapper shoes or fresh makeup can certainly help in this department, many employees are concentrating on pesky wrinkles and fine lines that may make them look older than they feel.

More professionals are looking into Botox treatments now than ever before, according to the London Evening Standard. Mark Roberts, an attorney who is involved in commercial litigation, is one such individual. He explained that looking good before a court appearance often improves his performance.

“When I’m in court or working on a settlement, [Botox] allows me to appear calmer and more in control than I actually am,” he told the news source. “In negotiations, my face won’t give away surprise or shock the way it used to. It’s just part of playing the game.”

So many mature workers have opted for the procedure that it is beginning to be dubbed “pro-tox,” or professional Botox.

Individuals from all career backgrounds – ranging from traders, bankers and hedge fund managers to doctors and professors – are speaking to skin care specialists at their local medical spas to find out more about the treatment and what it can do for their confidence.

Recently, the Los Angeles Times reported that the demand for minimally invasive cosmetic procedures has shown a three-digit increase over the last decade, and that Botox is the number one requested technique.

“People are doing injections a lot more frequently,” said plastic surgeon John Bull, quoted by the media outlet. “People that are looking for a modest improvement with less down time and no scars typically want to have this done. The best candidates are people with early signs of aging and volume loss.”

Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveal that Botox treatments have jumped 584 percent in popularity over the past 10 years.