Guys: Were you under the impression that sticking needles into your face in an attempt to stave off the inexorable march of time was just for the ladies? Still buying into the myth that for men, aging confers a distinguished authority? Well, the manufacturers of Botox and their willing footsoldiers, cosmetic doctors, would like to remind you that staying on top professionally in this economic climate is a young man's game, and don't you want to be competitive? A certain "45-year-old publisher of a New York-based magazine" does: He confesses to the Times (on condition of anonymity!) that he's been getting Botox for years.
If you've recently been laid off, that's all the more reason to book an appointment, like, yesterday. As plastic surgeon Alan Matarasso points out, "people have a tendency to look for vibrancy and youth" when hiring, and Botox "really ranks up there with an expensive haircut." Got that? Leaving lines on your forehead: now as shameful as going to Supercuts.