Gordon Ramsay turned to laser surgery after his children tried to squeeze coins between his wrinkles.

The foul-mouthed TV chef became paranoid about his facial ridges after constant mocking from his own family.

He said: "I've got four children, and they've become, 'Dad, why have you got so many wrinkles on your face when Clementine's daddy has no wrinkles?'

"The lines were pretty horrific, like Scarface, and I was never embarrassed by it but my children helped me become more paranoid about it.

"You've seen the articles: craggy face, map of Wales, ugly, deflated rugby ball. There's only so much s**t you want to take.

"I woke up in the morning and Matilda, my daughter, was trying to squeeze pound coins in there."

The surgery was also designed to make the 'Kitchen Nightmares' star look less threatening on US TV, where he has received less than complimentary comments from some of the people he has worked with - who asked him if he had been in a car crash.

He is quoted by the MailOnline website as saying: "In Los Angeles it was all, 'Oh my god, when did you go through the windscreen?' You put up with it, but then you get f***ing sick of it."

Explaining the procedure, he explained: "It took four minutes each side, lasered not Botoxed. No one noticed until I mentioned it.

"When you don't say anything you're classified as a liar, so you can't win."

He did, however, deny he will be undergoing any further treatments, adding: "Of course I'm not going to have any more f***ing work done."