Former Bond girl Britt Ekland, 78, says she ‘ruined her face’ by getting lip fillers and calls the botched procedure the ‘biggest mistake of her life’
Former Bond girl Britt Ekland has admitted she ‘ruined her face’ by getting lip fillers and described 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 any more plastic surgery after she underwent a terrifying ‘lip-pumping’ procedure in Paris.
Looking back, Britt claimed: ‘Everyone has the right to choose [surgery]. I did all of that in my 50s but wouldn’t consider it again. I have no desire to look any different than I am.’
Thoughts: Former Bond girl Britt Ekland, 78, claimed in an interview on Wednesday she ‘ruined her face’ by getting lip fillers and calls the botched procedure the ‘biggest mistake of her life’
The actress had made the appointment with a Paris-based doctor through a consultancy on Harley Street to have her lips plumped.
Instead of the moderate treatment she expected, the doctor made multiple injections all around the rim of her lips with Articol, which he said was a ‘new dental material’.
Wendy Lewis, an international consultant in cosmetic surgery, previously told the Daily Mail that Articol is a bovine collagen that was briefly in vogue as a filler and lip plumper in the Nineties.
A first-generation cosmetic treatment, its use is now regarded as risky. It is rarely, if ever, used in the UK and it was never approved for use in the U.S. ‘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 any more plastic surgery after she underwent a terrifying ‘lip-pumping’ procedure in Paris
Looks: Britt had a botched lip procedure when a doctor made multiple injections all around the rim of her lips with bovine collagen Articol (pictured left in 1982 and right in 2016)
Reflecting on the incident, Britt claimed she ‘felt like I’d ruined my face’ and said now she is content growing older and is no longer looking to find cosmetic surgery that will help her keep her looks.
She said: ‘I feel great now, better than I have for many years… getting older happens to everyone. It’s pointless complaining about it or wishing you could change.
‘We’re all going in one direction and there is nothing we can do about that.. It’s just about looking after yourself while on that journey.’
For 20 years, the model underwent ‘excruciatingly painful’ corticosteroid injections in a bid to ‘melt’ the Articol.
Honest: Britt (left in 2019 and right in 1974) said, ‘I did all of that in my 50s but wouldn’t consider it again. I have no desire to look any different than I am’
Britt later went to another doctor to ‘take it all out’ and admitted during an episode of Loose Women that the procedures were a terrible mistake.
She said: ‘It destroyed my looks and ruined my face. It was the biggest mistake of my life.
‘When I look at photographs of myself before I had it done, I looked very good. I can see that now, but I couldn’t see it at the time.’
In June last year, Britt revealed on Good Morning Britain that she stopped having cosmetic surgery because she realised it wasn’t going to help her get better acting roles or make her ‘look better’.
The actress admitted she first had cosmetic work done in her fifties when she went to a doctor to have her lips plumped and later had her ears pinned 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’ve 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 as Mary Goodnight in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun alongside Roger Moore