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Challenging Job Market Sparks Increase in Certain Procedures Like Zerona


As featured last night on ABC's Nightline, many people struggling within this job market are turning to a plastic surgeon rather than a career coach for assistance.

As of June 2009, the unemployment rate is at 9.5%, up 4.6% from December 2007. In this harsh employment landscape, many feel that the trouble isn't with their resume, it's with their appearance. According to a recent report from ABC News Nightline, doctors are seeing clients who want to improve their looks to get an edge on the competition. Minimally invasive procedures are on the rise, up 5% partly due to the troubled economy.

Ed Smith works in executive protection as a body guard. A former secret service agent, he exercises and works hard to stay fit and in top shape. After having been out of work for several months, Ed began to worry that his wrinkles may have been keeping him from getting the job he wants. Se he decided to take steps to correct what he feared was keeping him from employment and saw Dr. Yan Trokel to undergo a non-surgical facelift as well as Zerona laser treatment

The non-surgical facelift works by using hyaluronic acid based fillers to lift and tighten areas of the face with no downtime. The results are immediate and generally long lasting, according to Dr. Trokel's website, lasting as long as two years.

image of zerona machineEd also underwent a series of Zerona laser treatments. This non-surgical laser is aimed at the chosen treatment area and targets the fat, liquefying it. The fat cells are then flushed out of the body naturally. The Zerona laser usually requires six treatments over the course of a two week period and costs between $2400-$3600. In order to truly see the benefit of the laser, many physicians recommend exercise and drinking lots of water after treatment to help the body flush out the fat.

While Ed kept all of his procedures non-surgical, Nightline also featured the story of Maria DiCarlo, who worked as an account executive but has been looking for work for more than a year. She met with Dr. Stephen Greenberg and went under the knife for a tummy tuck and breast reduction. Dr. Greenberg has seen such an influx of unemployed patients that he has begun offering what he calls the 'Job Fighter' package - a discount on a combination of surgeries for those looking for work.

Both Maria and Ed were happy with their post procedure results and Ed was actually hired for a position right away. Though Maria hadn't had any luck as yet, she is still happy with her decision to have the surgery done. Having spent $12,000 and $16,000 respectively, both Ed and Maria felt that it was money well spent.