Danniella Westbrook reveals that she has had the first of four reconstructive surgeries to restore her face

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Danniella Westbrook has revealed that she has undergone the first of four reconstructive surgeries to restore her face after two decades of drug addiction ‘rotting’ her facial features.

The former EastEnders star, 47, took to Instagram earlier this week when she shared a selfie to showcase the results, as well as a snap in her bandage just before surgery.

Danniella has been forced to have her jaw rebuilt after the bone began to wear away three years ago.

Changes: Danniella Westbrook has revealed she has had the first of four reconstructive surgeries to restore her face after two decades of drug addiction

Procedure: The former EastEnders star, 47, took to Instagram earlier this week when she shared a selfie to show the results, as well as a snapshot of her bandage just before surgery

Procedure: The former EastEnders star, 47, took to Instagram earlier this week when she shared a selfie to show the results, as well as a snapshot of her bandage just before surgery

Procedure: The former EastEnders star, 47, took to Instagram earlier this week when she shared a selfie to show the results, as well as a snapshot of her bandage just before surgery

Her cheekbones and gums started to rot as a result of her previous addiction to cocaine and a botched surgery in 2015, leaving her with osteoporosis.

Danniella has gone public with substance abuse and was fired from EastEnders several times, including in 2000, when she admitted that she wasted £ 100,000 on cocaine at the time.

She took to her Instagram this week and shared a photo after her first surgery.

She wrote in the caption, ‘Phase one of the four-part journey of reconstructive surgery to rebuild my face and finally stop all the hatred.

On the way: She also took to her Instagram story while walking to the clinic and wrote, 'Today is the day for the first of my reconstructive surgeries'

On the way: She also took to her Instagram story while walking to the clinic and wrote, 'Today is the day for the first of my reconstructive surgeries'

On the way: She also took to her Instagram story while walking to the clinic and wrote, ‘Today is the day for the first of my reconstructive surgeries’

‘I am very happy with what @beverlyhillsaestheticsindeal has done today to prepare for phase two #grateful #noninvasive #stageone #surgery #sohappy.’

She also took to her Instagram story while going to the clinic, writing, “Today is the day for the first of my reconstructive surgery, minor surgery first, but big changes are waiting so long for this to start.”

A friend of Danniella’s told us The sun: ‘This is an incredibly important process for Danniella. It’s more than just surgery.

Difficult: Danniella was forced to have her jaw rebuilt after the bone started to wear away three years ago (photo in 2018)

Difficult: Danniella was forced to have her jaw rebuilt after the bone started to wear away three years ago (photo in 2018)

Difficult: Danniella was forced to have her jaw rebuilt after the bone started to wear away three years ago (photo in 2018)

It is the beginning of an important new chapter in her life. She gets a lot of her hatred on social media and hopes this surgery will solve many of the problems. ‘

In 2018, the star explained that her cheekbones and gums were dissolving as a result of her previous addiction to cocaine and a botched surgery in 2015 – leaving her with osteoporosis.

At the time, she was forced to drink twelve liters of milk a day to strengthen her bones before undergoing extreme reconstructive surgery to restore her ‘sunken’ appearance.

Difficult: Danniella has had a public battle with substance abuse and was fired from EastEnders several times, including in 2000, when she admitted that she wasted £ 100,000 on cocaine at the time (pictured on the show)

Difficult: Danniella has had a public battle with substance abuse and was fired from EastEnders several times, including in 2000, when she admitted that she wasted £ 100,000 on cocaine at the time (pictured on the show)

Difficult: Danniella has had a public battle with substance abuse and was fired from EastEnders several times, including in 2000, when she admitted that she wasted £ 100,000 on cocaine at the time (pictured on the show)

Describing her horrifying condition, the actress revealed that her new ‘screw-like’ teeth cut into her cheekbones and that she has almost no gums at all.

Her problems stemmed from the botched procedures in 2015, which were so damaging that she was eventually hospitalized during her stint on Celebrity Big Brother the following year.

However, her condition deteriorated so much that she also developed septicemia and fought for seven weeks to survive in the hospital.

Discussing the terrifying time, she said, ‘I almost died, I had drip drops on each side twice and then they took all my teeth out again and gave me this prosthesis, which broke my heart because I didn’t need it all my teeth out. ‘

Recovery: In 2018, the star explained that her cheekbones and gums were dissolving as a result of her previous addiction to cocaine and a botched surgery in 2015

Recovery: In 2018, the star explained that her cheekbones and gums were dissolving as a result of her previous addiction to cocaine and a botched surgery in 2015

Recovery: In 2018, the star explained that her cheekbones and gums were dissolving as a result of her previous addiction to cocaine and a botched surgery in 2015

The actress’s struggles with drugs have been well publicized, and her nose was famously reconstructed after her septum collapsed from excessive cocaine use in 2002.

At the peak of her use, she would take up to five grams of cocaine a day, blowing nearly £ 250,000 on the drug.

The star has since embarked on multiple rehabilitations to combat her demons – revealing that she was finally clean last June, after visiting a clinic in Mijas, Spain.

Danniella first appeared in EastEnders in 1990 at the age of 16 and starred on the soap for three years.

Challenges: At the peak of her use, Danniella was reported to be taking up to five grams of cocaine a day, blowing nearly £ 250,000 on the drug

Challenges: At the peak of her use, Danniella was reported to be taking up to five grams of cocaine a day, blowing nearly £ 250,000 on the drug

Challenges: At the peak of her use, Danniella was reported to be taking up to five grams of cocaine a day, blowing nearly £ 250,000 on the drug

She returned in 1996, but her time was cut short when her off-screen behavior made her fired.

She returned soon after, but was dropped again in 2000 after further disruptive behavior, admitting that she had wasted £ 100,000 on cocaine at the time.

The role was recast and played by Kim Medcalf between 2002 and 2005, but Danniella returned to the role in 2009 to 2010.

She was back in 2016 for the on-screen storyline surrounding mother Peggy Mitchell’s death, which is her last appearance.

In the past: Danniella first appeared on EastEnders in 1990 at the age of 16 and played on the soap for three years (photo in 2005)

In the past: Danniella first appeared on EastEnders in 1990 at the age of 16 and played on the soap for three years (photo in 2005)

In the past: Danniella first appeared on EastEnders in 1990 at the age of 16 and played on the soap for three years (photo in 2005)

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