In a sudden development after a Russian Telegram channel claimed that Putin, 71, passed away on Oct. 25, the Russian leader recently emerged with “puffy” cheeks that suggested he went under the knife.
Putin’s new look also created newfound concerns regarding his allegedly deteriorating health – particularly following rumors that he suffered a “horrific” heart attack last month that left him in critical and potentially fatal condition.
Meanwhile, the Russian leader was ridiculed after a photo of him surfaced on X with the apparently new “puffy” cheeks.
"Did he get stung by bees in both of his cheeks?" one user quipped.
While some Russian skeptics attributed the changes in Putin’s look to the possibility of body doubles, at least one doctor suggested that the Russian leader’s ever-changing facial features were the result of a “chronic” and “severe” illness.
- Surprise Ukraine Drone Attack Ends with Massive Explosion at Aircraft and Missile Plant Over 200 Miles Inside Russia
- China's High-Altitude Spy Balloons Linked to Hypersonic Missile Program for Potential Near-Space Combat, Strikes on US: Report
- Culinary Cancer Cure? Surprising Foods Linked to Enhanced Anti-Tumor Immunity, Study Shows
“The face can appear puffy for a number of reasons ranging from the acute to the chronic with varying levels of severity,” Dr. Gareth Nye theorized earlier this year.
“The first thing to consider is that age plays a huge role in every aspect of our bodies including the face which may give an appearance of something underlying when it's just natural,” he continued.
“As we age, skin isn't as smooth and robust as it is in youth meaning it sags and gets loose allowing the natural fat deposits to move lower than previously,” the doctor explained further.
“In combination with the changes in ears and nose with age, most faces end up with a puffier appearance in the lower half around the chin and neck.”
Never miss a story — sign up for the Front Page Detectives newsletter. Be on the scene the moment news breaks.
Amy Scott, another plastic surgery source, suggested that the allegedly ailing 71-year-old Russian leader received "very subtle cosmetic surgery and a non-surgical procedure" to appear younger than he is.
The rumors regarding Putin’s suspected plastic surgery came just days after other rumors surfaced regarding the Russian leader’s alleged death.
Become a Front Page Detective
Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.