Did Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin get plastic surgery?
Look at the photos below and decide for yourself, but rumors have been swirling about the supposed transformation of the 59-year-old's face. He's looking a lot, uh, less stressed these days, as these before and after pictures show ...
Notice on the right, his forehead is smoother, his cheeks glowing, the deep lines that once characterized his hardened (albeit still handsome) face all but forgotten.
Britain's Guardian newspaper speculates that Botox did the trick and also suggests that Vladimir Putin has also undergone some plastic surgery - small nip/tucks.
Quoted by the Guardian, four plastic surgeons analyzed Putin's new look and concluded he had the work done in advance of his upcoming election bid in March.
To that end, CBS News reports on Friday that a brand new poll shows that he is slipping in his approval rating, to 51 percent, down from 61 percent last month.
Desperate political times call for the occasional cosmetic procedure? Who's to say.