A beauty influencer has told how she has been left with a paralysed face after having cut-price plastic surgery on her double chin.
Stunning Luciana Milessi, who has over 1.2 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million followers on TikTok, says medics have since told her the procedure was too cheap not to be risky.
Luciana, from Chaco province in north-eastern Argentina, told her followers: “I had liposuction on my arms, belly, legs, back and for the second time on my double chin.
“When I had the double chin surgery, a nerve on my face was touched, which caused facial paralysis and made it impossible for me to smile well and my mouth droops to the side.”
Luciana, 25, says she paid USD 3,300 (GBP 2,623) for the botched op.
In one video posted to social media, she tearfully explains her ordeal to her followers.
She said: “I always suffered from a distorted image of myself, I was never satisfied.
“I didn’t feel comfortable. That led me to have anorexia nervosa at the age of 17 and, at 18, to have this first cosmetic surgery… then three or four years passed during which I was fighting against being obsessed with my body, but I went to the gym, to train.
“I did it excessively: every day between two and three times a day.”
She added: “Afterwards I had a rebound effect, I stopped training for a long time, I gained weight and I felt bad again. It was like a toxic relationship with myself.”
Luciana says she has no idea if or when her paralysis will end after the procedure last month (August).
The social media star says she had been a patient of the same surgeon before.
She said of the op: “On this occasion I never signed anything and he never warned me of what could go wrong.
“I had no idea that I could have facial paralysis.”
She added: “The day of the surgery, my dad saw me and told me ‘your mouth is very crooked’.
“So I asked the doctor and he told me not to worry, that it was inflammation, and that everything would return to its place.”
But weeks later her mouth is still crooked, with Luciana saying: “It did hurt me that at that moment he did not warn me that a nerve could have been touched.
“I only found out about this two and a half weeks after the surgery when all the inflammation had already gone down and the only thing that was not in its place was my mouth.”
She said that another doctor has since told her that she got the operation on the “cheap”.
She said: “Knowing that there are so many risks and that something can go wrong, for cosmetic reasons I would never go into an operating room again, honestly.
“Yes for health, but not for aesthetics because it is putting a lot of things at risk that are not worth it.”
It is currently unclear if she plans to take any legal action.