Hollywood beauty Sharon Stone has learned to love her imperfections after years of listening to cosmetic surgeons who attempted to encourage her to undergo facelifts to preserve her looks.

The Basic Instinct star, 55, admits she once seriously considered going under the knife, but she soon realised she really had no need.

She tells New You magazine, "I can't tell you how many doctors try to sell me a facelift. I've even gone as far as having someone talk me into it, but when I went over and looked at pictures of myself, I thought, 'What are they going to lift?' Yes, I have come close - but, frankly, I think that in the art of ageing well there's this sexuality to having those imperfections. It's sensual."

The actress insists she has nothing against plastic surgery procedures but she fears some patients don't receive the proper medical support and consultation they need before doctors agree to pick up the knife.

She adds, "If you have things that you want to fix, you should go right ahead and fix them. I don't think there is anything wrong with cosmetic surgery at all. I think it's great. But I don't think it's alright to distort yourself.

"You can't treat an illness with cosmetic surgery, and that's why it would be great if there were qualified therapists in plastic surgeons' offices, and that people would go to a therapeutic meeting before plastic surgery. I think that should be part of the Fda (America's Food and Drug Administration) requirement."