French actress Emmanuelle Béart, best known for her role in Mission Impossible alongside Tom Cruise, flaunted her surgically enhanced glossy pout for over a decade, until things changed and turned into a nightmare.

The 47-year-old actress now confesses that she got her lips surgically enhanced, but regrets it. She wants to warn everybody, who is considering going under the knife for cosmetic surgery, of dangers involved in such procedures.

Beart is campaigning to raise awareness about the consequences one might have to face like she did after undergoing cosmetic procedures.

I had my mouth done when I was 27. It was a botched job, she told the French Publication Le Monde. Obviously, if I had liked my mouth I wouldn't have had it re-done. If a man or woman has something redone it is because he or she can no longer live with that part of their body, it is no longer bearable.

Either they get help and find the strength to fight [the need to have plastic surgery] or they proceed with the act.

Although there were speculations for a long time that she had undergone surgery, Beart had never admitted it until now.

Beart, known as one of the most beautiful women in the world, has reached a stage where her face cannot be repaired anymore.

Emmanuelle Beart in 2010 Image Credit: Reuters

It is a grave act in which you don't necessarily foresee all the consequences. Just the idea of an injection these days devastates me. So I don't know how I will get through these stages [of middle and old age), she added.

She also added that being in the film industry, one is bound to look after one's physical appearance as age catches up.

It is not easy to grow old in this business, when you are a woman above all, in the cinema, she said.

Other actresses who have had a similar experience with surgically enhanced pouts are Leslie Ash, Saffron Burrows, Britt Ekland, Melanie Griffiths and Meg Ryan, to name a few.

Celebrated French film Manon des Sources, which was an international success, shot Beart into limelight at the age of 23.

Emmanuelle Beart in 2000, before the consequences of the surgery started showing up. Image credit: Reuters