Rumors surrounding House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s looks started to circulate in the news in 2009: Did she or didn’t she have plastic surgery? For politicians in the public eye, this kind of attention is not uncommon. Plastic-surgery rumors have also dogged Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sarah Palin, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin

Appearances are important, and the 24/7 news cycle has exacerbated our obsession with looks. It’s no surprise then that the political crowd, including members of Congress, TV commentators and lobbyists, undergo procedures in a quest to look younger and fresher.

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