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Face-lift business booming among older British workers

London — According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), older workers in the United Kingdom are getting face-lifts in order to compete with younger workers in what observers are calling an increasingly “age-ist” job market.

The BAAPS says there was a 40 percent increase in anti-ageing treatments, including face-lifts, in 2005. Blepharoplasty procedures increased by 50 percent and brow lifts by 35 percent. Eyelid surgery is now second only to breast augmentation in the U.K.’s top 10 surgery choices.

The Harley Medical Group, one of the U.K.’s largest cosmetic-surgery organizations, confirms that the number of such procedures is increasing rapidly. Its figures show that the proportion of 50-year-olds undergoing these procedures in their clinics has quadrupled in the past five years — and that when asked why they’re having the procedures done, nearly half said they want to be better able to compete in the workplace.

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