Taiwanese Get Facelifts for New Year

A number of Taiwanese workers will have a new look on their face when they return from their weeklong new year's holiday next month, a new report finds.

The Central News Agency of Taiwan reports on a new survey that finds 16.5 percent of all office workers in Taiwan plan to have facelifts over February's lunar new year break.

The research shows that a desire to boost self-confidence was the most popular reason for choosing cosmetic surgery, followed by hopes of attracting the attention of the opposite sex and the pursuit of perfection.

The facelift might also pay off in terms on landing a new job. The study found by online job site Yes 123 found that 92 percent of the office workers surveyed think good-looking people stand a better chance of making a good impression during job interviews.

Despite that, Huang Yu-ling, a spokeswoman for Yes 123, told the Central News Agency that in the fashion industry, looks might be important, but in most other professions, ability is what counts toward promotion.

The study was based on surveys of more than 1,110 Taiwanese employees.

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