Former Bond girl Britt Ekland, 78, says she ‘ruined her face’ by getting lip fillers, calling the botched procedure the ‘biggest mistake of her life’
Former Bond girl Britt Ekland has admitted she “ruined her face” by getting lip fillers, describing it as “the biggest mistake of her life.”
The Swedish actress, 78, said in an interview with Platinum magazine on Wednesday that she would never have plastic surgery again after undergoing a terrifying ‘lip-pumping’ procedure in Paris.
Looking back, Britt claimed: ‘Everyone has the right to choose’ [surgery]. I did all that when I was in my 50s but wouldn’t consider it again. I don’t feel like looking different than I am.’
Thoughts: Former Bond girl Britt Ekland, 78, claimed in an interview on Wednesday that she had ‘ruined her face’ by getting lip fillers, calling the botched procedure the ‘biggest mistake of her life’
The actress had made an appointment with a Paris-based doctor through a Harley Street consultancy to have her lips filled.
Instead of the mediocre treatment she expected, the doctor made multiple injections around the edge of her lips with Articol, which he said was a “new dental material.”
Wendy Lewis, an international cosmetic surgery consultant, previously told the Daily Mail that Articol is a bovine collagen that was briefly in vogue in the 1990s as a filler and lip plumper.
A first-generation cosmetic treatment, its use is now considered risky. It is rarely, if ever, used in the UK and it was never approved for use in the US. ‘The effects are permanent. Today, most doctors don’t want to use it,” she said.
Candid: Britt (pictured in The Man With The Golden Gun in 1974) said she would never have plastic surgery again after undergoing a terrifying ‘lip-pumping’ procedure in Paris
Appearance: Britt had a botched lip procedure when a doctor made multiple injections around the rim of her lips with bovine collagen Articol (pictured left in 1982 and right in 2016)
Looking back on the incident, Britt claimed she “felt like I screwed up my face” and said she is now content with aging and is no longer seeking cosmetic surgery that will help her maintain her appearance.
She said, “I feel great now, better than in many years… aging happens to everyone. There’s no point in complaining about it or wishing you could change.
“We’re all going in one direction and there’s nothing we can do about that. It’s about taking care of yourself on that journey.”
For 20 years, the model underwent “excruciatingly painful” injections of corticosteroids to “melt” the Articol.
Honest: Britt (left in 2019 and right in 1974) said: ‘I did all that when I was in my 50s, but wouldn’t consider it again. I don’t feel like looking different than I am’
Britt later went to see another doctor to “go all out” and admitted on an episode of Loose Women that the procedures were a terrible mistake.
She said, ‘It destroyed my appearance and my face. It was the biggest mistake of my life.
“When I look at pictures of myself before I had it done, I looked really good. I can see that now, but I couldn’t see it then.’
In June last year, Britt revealed on Good Morning Britain that she was quitting cosmetic surgery because she realized it wouldn’t help her get better acting roles or make her ‘look better’.
The actress admitted that she first had cosmetic work done in her 50s when she went to a doctor to have her lips filled and later pinned her ears back.
She said, “It’s not going to give me more roles to make me look better. This is who I am and people have to accept it. I have accepted it, you accept it!’
The Swedish star is known for being a Bond girl, starring as Mary Goodnight in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun alongside Roger Moore.
Bond girl: The Swedish star is known for being a Bond girl, starring Mary Goodnight in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun alongside Roger Moore