Image: Dilma Rousseff
Domingos Tadeus, Alexandre Meneghini  /  AP
In this combination of photos Brazil's Presidency Chief of Staff Dilma Rousseff is seen in a photo taken in 2004, left, and in a photo released by the Brazilian Presidency during a ceremony in Sao Paulo, Jan.12, at right. Brazil's major newspapers are running before-and-after photos of Rousseff, after she apparently underwent cosmetic surgery last month.
updated 1/13/2009 9:48:31 PM ET 2009-01-14T02:48:31

The ruling party's likely contender for Brazil's presidency in 2010 is putting a new face forward — literally, according to local news reports.

Brazil's major newspapers are running before-and-after photos of Dilma Rousseff, the president's chief of staff. They say she apparently underwent cosmetic surgery last month.

Rousseff was a Marxist guerrilla who was imprisoned for three years and tortured under Brazil's military dictatorship in the early 1970s.

Rousseff's press office has refused to comment on the matter.

But she made her first public appearance in weeks on Tuesday and cosmetic surgeons consulted by Brazil's main newspapers said it was clear work had been done.

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