Female Banker Tells Oprah Getting Plastic Surgery Helped Her Career

Would you go under the knife to get ahead at work?

It turns out plastic surgery can not only be a boon for those in the, uh, exotic dancing industry: an anonymous 55-year-old female investment banker spilled to Oprah.com (and O Magazine last month) about how she paid for 10 cosmetic procedures to help her climb the corporate ladder.

10 procedures? Yikes. Here's a list:

  • Liposuction
  • Breast implants
  • Nose job (twice; first one was botched)
  • Ear pinning
  • Eyes (not specified)
  • Forehead lift
  • Lip filler
  • Lip surgery to repair botched filler job
  • Tummy tuck
  • Facelift
  • Veneers

Eek! The number of botched surgeries alone is freaking us out.

And in what's perhaps the most depressing quote from the article: the woman says her career skyrocketed, post-procedures:

Not only did my romantic options explode, but my career instantly shifted into a higher gear. I was suddenly being courted by senior partners, included in meetings with the CEOs and CFOs of current and prospective clients. I thought, "Wait a minute -- I'm the same person I was before the surgeries." But now I looked like a bombshell in addition to being really good at my work, and it definitely opened up more opportunities. That's when I began to think of the surgeries as an asset and an investment.

We're not too surprised that the woman's male peers noticed her new look, but the fact that it led to promotions is discouraging.

In a time when women are selling their houses to pay for surgery and getting cement butt injections, it seems we'd all do well to focus on augmenting our talents -- instead of our curves -- to make it at work. As Vogue's Franca Sozzani says, your wrinkles are part of your life. Why try to erase them?