Recently sitcom sweetheart and fan-favorite Jennifer Aniston faced backlash for a somewhat altered appearance on her hit show “The Morning Show” that caught viewers off guard. Online commenters came out to express their opinions. And the comments were far from flattering. Some were downright hurtful.

I’m watching the new season of ‘The Morning Show’ & I can’t get past Jennifer Aniston’s face! What did she do? . . . made it almost unrecognizable & weird,” wrote one user.

She looks like a freak, I can’t watch her anymore and I used to LOVE Jennifer Aniston. Getting ‘work done’ and messing up your face are not the same thing,” another viewer boldly stated.

While the actress has yet to address the comments herself, online experts have weighed in that it appears that she has had work done; possibly a deep plane facelift and/or fillers or fat grafting. These are go-to procedures for anyone looking to combat the appearance of aging on the face. These procedures will treat facial sagging, reduce the jowls and improve cheek contour, something Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich sees in his practice routinely. This wouldn’t be the first time she’s gone under the knife. She admitted to having a deviated septum repaired in 2007, and then follow-up surgery in 2012 to repair the first nose job. She said at the time, “It’s funny. I had [a deviated septum] fixed – best thing I ever did. I slept like a baby for the first time in years,” she explained to People magazine. “As far as all the other [rumors], as boring as it sounds, it’s still mine. All of it. Still mine.”

The 54-year-old has been against plastic surgery in the past, which is perhaps why this new appearance has viewers reacting as they are. She once said in regards to aging and procedures, “I think, ‘Oh god if you only know how much older you look.’ They are trying to stop the clock and all you can see is an insecure person who won’t let themselves just age.” We respect the actress’ take on aging. We all come up against the clock, and it’s something we cannot stop. We lose fat in places we’d like to keep it, gain it in areas we’d like to get rid of it. Things fall, droop and puff, wrinkles form. The difference is that most of us don’t make our living based on our appearance and don’t face the scrutiny that the media places celebrities under. Actors feel the pressure to look the way they did in their 20s–an unrealistic reality they are quite literally “faced” with daily. They are pressured to compete with a younger generation for roles they’re aged out of, so many turn to plastic surgery to appear younger.

The cameras are certainly not forgiving either. Fine lines and furrows that come with age appear magnified on camera and under the microscope of public opinion. We judge celebrities for aging; we judge them for getting work done. What’s the answer? It’s a “fine line” for sure. Will we ever be happy with any appearance that isn’t flawless? The answer is that plastic surgery is a personal choice, one that should be made with deep consideration and professional advice from experts in the field. Whether or not Jennifer Aniston has gone under the knife shouldn’t be something the public needs to scrutinize. If she’s happier and more confident, then she’s made the right decision for herself. She’s still America’s sweetheart in our eyes and she’ll always be one of our Friends.

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