Danniella Westbrook undergoes first of four surgeries to repair face after bone wore away

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Danniella Westbrook has undergone the first of four surgeries to correct her damaged face following years of drug abuse.

Sharing a selfie to Instagram earlier this week, the former EastEnders star revealed she was happy with the journey to completely rebuild her face so far.

"Stage one of the four part journey of reconstructive surgery to rebuild my face and finally stop all the hate.

"I'm really happy with what @beverlyhillsaestheticsindeal has done today to prepare me for stage two #grateful #noninvasive #stageone #surgery #sohappy," the 47 year old concluded the post.

A source has told The Sun that the four surgeries are an "incredibly important process for Danniella".

"It is the start of a major new chapter in her life. She receives a lot of her hate on social media and is hoping this operation will correct many of the problems," a source told the publication.

Back in November, it was revealed that Danniella was seeking legal advice after the Siddiqui family mocked her nose on Gogglebox.

The clan joked about Danniella's nose, which collapsed at the height of her cocaine addiction in the 90s.

Danniella took to Twitter to share her unhappiness about the joke.

She wrote: "Thank you everyone for the support you gave me about the derogatory comments Channel 4 allowed the Siddiqui family to make.

"My manager is seeking legal advice as trolling is not something we should take lightly.

Danniella's damaged cheekbones were a result of drug addiction and botched surgeries, which led to osteoporosis.

She has previously spoken up about her insecurities about her looks.

During a 2018 Good Morning Britain appearance, the former soap star revealed: "People stare at me constantly. People elbow each other and say, "God she ain't got no nose at all".

Explaining how her cheekbone rotted away, she said: "The screws, which they have left in [during my dental work], the bone didn't close around them when I had implants, which led to blood getting into the bone, so it just died."

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