Some plastic and cosmetic surgeons are reporting an uptick in patients seeking less-invasive procedures in hopes of gaining an edge when competing with younger counterparts for jobs. "Because of the loss of jobs there are a lot of older people who are entering the market, and they are saying they need to look younger if [they're] going to compete with some 30-year-olds," said Dr. Arch Miller III of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Tulsa, Okla. Other specialists are careful to warn that such procedures are not permanent and may not lead to major improvements.

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