When 'Broadchurch' actress Sarah Parish recently admitted to undergoing a non-surgical facelift to boost her career, she raised a few sceptical eyebrows.
But a study suggests that women who embark on cosmetic procedures to look younger and more attractive do appear to be more successful.
Researchers asked hundreds of people to rate women before and after facelifts. They found that a nip-and-tuck wiped an average of four years off their age, increased attractiveness by 18pc and made them appear 16pc healthier. The women also appeared 10pc more successful after the operation.
The researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said that cosmetic interventions that lift the features to improve appearance may produce a "halo effect", a phenomenon whereby people automatically view those who are more attractive as virtuous, trustworthy and happier.
"Our results reveal that patients after facelift surgery have improved attractiveness and perceived success," said lead author Dr Lisa Ishii, and assistant professor of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. She added: "Individuals considered more attractive experience what is often described as a halo effect.
"Attractive individuals are assumed to possess more socially desirable personalities, live happier lives, and experience more success compared with less attractive individuals. Furthermore, individuals perceived as more attractive are more likely to be hired for a job, receive judicial leniency, and be elected as political candidates."
Dr Ishii said that, although the finding are preliminary, they suggest that facelift surgery could have "a conceivable effect on occupational outcomes".