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Summary: There have been rumors flying around lately about Brad Pitt’s plastic surgery. Turns out, most of those rumors were fabricated—or maybe exaggerated, depending on who you ask. But the way that we deal with stress (and how that interacts with plastic surgery) is an important topic. It’s definitely worth talking about.

About Brad Pitt’s Plastic Surgery…

According to a recent report, a tabloid reports about Brad Pitt’s plastic surgery were made up. Now, this is not to say that Brad Pitt has never had plastic surgery before. I’m not entirely up to speed about Brad Pitt’s plastic surgery history (that’s something only his surgeon would have all the information about anyway).

But the most recent reports seemed to indicate that Pitt was concerned his divorce from Angelina Jolie was causing a significant amount of stress—and that stress might be visible on his face. According to this tabloid, Pitt was considering plastic surgery because of that.

Recent reports from Gossip Cop, however, say there is no merit to the report—leading us to believe that stories about Brad Pitt’s plastic surgery were fabricated (or at least exaggerated).

Stress and Plastic Surgery

That said, divorces can be stressful. And stress can certainly have a negative impact on your body. In fact, some of the physical downsides of stress can include the following:

  • Loss of hair or greying of hair
  • Your body can put on more weight during stressful times (it’s a survival mechanism that makes sense if you’re out in the wild, but less helpful with our more sedentary lifestyle)
  • Increased prominence (or depth) of lines and wrinkles
  • Stress can actually cause you to become physically ill
  • Stress can diminish the abilities and powers of your immune system

In other words, it’s not uncommon for stress to kind of, well, mess you up. Now, this won’t happen all at once. If you have one stressful day, you aren’t going to lose all of your hair or anything quite like that. But the effects of stress can build up over time. That means if you live a high stress existence day in and day out, you could feel some of these negative effects.

Does Stress Mean You Should Get Plastic Surgery?

It’s very important to note that, in most cases, plastic surgery will not eliminate stress from your life. There are exceptions, of course. For example, if your stress is directly tied in to how you appear, then changing your appearance will alleviate some of that stress.

However, if your stress is tied to a divorce, plastic surgery will not directly eliminate any of that stress. And without actually addressing those issues—without getting rid of the root cause of your stress—any aesthetic manifestations of that stress will continue.

In other words, you can get Botox or a facelift to eliminate the wrinkles, but if the stress remains those wrinkles will reform. As Dr. Charles Polsen, a Clear Lake facelift surgeon, says on his website: these procedures can reset the appearance of aging, but they can’t stop the aging process.

All of which is a long way of saying that these reports concerning Brad Pitt’s plastic surgery are, according to Gossip Cop (and, you know, reputable sources), unverified. You probably shouldn’t believe everything you read in a tabloid. But even if this story was true, it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

Plastic Surgery as Renewal

In many ways, plastic surgery procedures are often seen as a kind of renewal. You can renew and rejuvenate yourself, whether you’re getting a rhinoplasty procedure, a breast augmentation, or a quick injection of Botox. For many people, that’s part of the appeal of these procedures.

So if you’ve been through some rough patches (and a divorce certainly counts), plastic surgery can be a good way to reward yourself—and renew yourself. Brad Pitt’s plastic surgery, had he been planning one, could have been about a lot more than erasing the stress of his divorce. The only ones who know that are Pitt and his surgeon.

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