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One in four women in business would consider cosmetic surgery to boost their career

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Over a quarter of women executives would consider cosmetic surgery in order to improve their career prospects, according to a survey by The Aziz Corporation, the UK's leading independent executive communications consultancy.

The research reveals that more than a quarter of female executives would be prepared to go under the knife if they thought it would get them ahead in business.  Such is women's preoccupation with their physical appearance that 26% would consider a face lift, 27% plastic surgery and 28% Botox treatments if they thought it would boost their career prospects.  

Less invasive procedures met with almost universal sanction with 94% of women saying that they would consider dying grey hair, closely followed by dieting (92%) and dental work (91%).

Although the results reveal that male bosses are less vain or feel under less pressure to conform to an ideal image than their female counterparts, almost one in five male directors (19%) would consider plastic surgery.

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