British actress Daniella Westbrook has been subjected to a torrent of public scrutiny and personal pain, tracing back to a severe addiction that had severe impacts on her physical health.
A Face Reconstructed: Westbrook's Road to Recovery
For years, Westbrook's face was a physical testament to the ravages of excessive drug use, compelling her to undertake a series of surgical procedures.
In 2002, after her nose was damaged by her addiction, she underwent extensive cosmetic surgeries that included skin tightening, cheek and lip liposuction, fat grafting on her chin, and work to reshape her jawline. Westbrook sought these surgeries for over seven years, her desire to regain her previous appearance driving her despite the inherent risks.
Yet, the outcome proved disheartening. "I hate my face after the reconstruction, I did not expect to look like this," she confided. The actress even underwent an additional operation in Turkey, still striving to regain a sense of self-confidence in her appearance.
Speaking candidly to OK! Magazine, Westbrook revealed the extent of the surgical measures taken to restore her face.
"I had a surgical thread lift where they put over 1,200 threads into my face." Despite going through this painstaking procedure, she lamented the absence of her expected nose reconstruction. To add to her trials, she's also dealing with physical complications - significant fluid build-ups in her abdomen, a side-effect she hadn't anticipated.
"It’s ruined my body. It’s going to take a lot of work to get it back to how I was."
Paying the Price: The Emotional Cost of Recovery
Withstanding the emotional turmoil of her situation, Westbrook made the decision to finance her own surgeries, despite offers from many clinics to carry out the procedures for free.
She chose not to gamble with her health and appearance by relying on pro bono services. As she grapples with her recovery, Westbrook is permitted only ibuprofen and paracetamol for pain management. Stronger drugs, she fears, might trigger a relapse into the addiction she has worked so hard to overcome.
Once upon a time, she was using up to five grams of cocaine daily, a habit that is estimated to have cost her nearly 250,000 euros.