'The stupidest thing I could have done': Actress Kim Novak opens up about cosmetic surgery regrets

Ellie Spina
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Actress Kim Novak has revealed she regrets having cosmetic surgery in a new interview. (Images Getty Images)
Actress Kim Novak has revealed she regrets having cosmetic surgery in a new interview. (Images Getty Images)

Actress Kim Novak recently revealed she has regrets when it comes to cosmetic procedures. In a new interview, the 88-year-old "Vertigo" star admitted that receiving fat injections in her face was "the stupidest thing" she's ever done.

Nowadays, dermal fillers are more popular than they've ever been, but it's very easy for facial injections to take a regrettable turn. Back in 2014, Novak appeared at the 86th Academy Awards after receiving facial injections, and it left quite an impression on her fans — just not the kind she had hoped for.

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Actress Kim Novak (pictured in 1954) said she experienced severe online bullying after having fat injections in her face in 2014 (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Kim Novak (pictured in 1954) said she experienced severe online bullying after having fat injections in her face in 2014 (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

At the time, many viewers took to Twitter to react to Novak's freshly unveiled look, including the now former U.S. President Donald Trump, who urged her to "sue her plastic surgeon."

Novak explained that she had been experiencing some insecurities, and thought a cosmetic procedure would do the trick.

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“You know when you get insecure and you think somebody can help you? I didn’t want a facelift or anything like that, so I went to a doctor and he put some fat injections in my face,” Novak told The Guardian. “That was the stupidest thing I could have done. First of all, I didn’t need it, because I think my face is too round anyway. But it filled out my cheeks so I looked different.”

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Kim Novak poses at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Kim Novak was bullied for her appearance at the 2014 Academy Awards (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage).

According to the actress, it was the incessant online criticism of her new face that led the actress to retire from acting altogether. Novak said she was "too vulnerable" for Hollywood and that she "take things to heart too much."

“It’s exciting to dress up in gorgeous clothes and to feel sexy and to look sexy. It’s wonderful, but it’s a trap,” she continued, adding that becoming reliant on beauty — something that is fleeting — is setting yourself up for disappointment. “You become satisfied with that being enough, then later in life, it isn’t enough. So many people, once they got older and were no longer looked at for their beauty, just fell apart.”

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