Puffy cheeks, drooping jowls and huge trout pout... just what has happened to Lara Flynn Boyle's face?

Lara Flynn Boyle is widely believed to have turned to plastic surgery in her quest to remain youthful in recent years, but as the star arrived at Mr. Chow restaurant in Beverly Hills yesterday, she looked anything but fresh faced.

The 38-year-old's bloated face, drooping jowls and bursting trout pout rendered her almost unrecognisable from the actress who first shot to fame in director David Lynch's cult television series Twin Peaks.

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Puffy: the Twin Peaks actress was barely recognisable as she signed autographs at Mr Chow's in Beverly Hills last night

Her famously fragile, childlike frame, which was left swimming in a beige pant suit, only added to her worrying appearance.

Lara, who formerly starred in popular US series The Practice and chalked up big screen credits including Men In Black 2, has struggled to keep her career as buoyant in recent times.

Tiny: Lara's childlike frame was swimming in her beige suit

Six years ago, Lara, who once dated Jack Nicholson, admitted she dreaded getting older out of fear her Hollywood roles would dry up.

Then just 32, she said: "I know I may be running out of time. There are just not that many roles for older women."

She added: "On a vanity level, I am not looking forward to ageing at all - I think I look pretty good now."

Changing face: the actress features appear to be significantly different from 2002

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