Insta-famous model loses her sight after illegal surgery to change her eye colour
In this vain, cosmetic surgery-obsessed world, more people are taking risks and modifying their body than ever before. For many, social media is largely to blame for this worrying trend, with the quest to be different and stand out from the crowd at the forefront of a lot of people's mind.
However, one model has found out just how perilous this quest for "Insta-fame" can be.
Nadinne Bruna, 32, underwent surgery in order to change her eye colour and has been left with the vision of a 90-year-old.
Wanting to change her eye colour from hazel to light grey, Nadinne ended up losing 80 percent of her vision in her right eye and 50 percent in her left eye.
The surgery is banned in the US, so Nadinne flew from Miami to Columbia in order to undergo the procedure. It cost her around $3,000 to have silicone implants inserted into her eyes, which was a discounted price that was offered due to the fact that she was set to post about the procedure on her social media platforms
However, shortly after having the surgery, the Argentinian model began experiencing some serious problems. She claims that her vision was constantly blurry as a result of the procedure and her eyes were left red and painful for months.
She returned to Colombia for two more procedures in order to repair the damage but was left having to have emergency sight-saving surgery in Los Angeles. As a result, Nadinne will now have to deal with the consequences for the rest of her life.
Nadinne said: "Before this surgery my eyes were completely healthy. I was so naïve.
"Ever since this surgery, I have had blurry vision. For about a year my eyes were constantly red and itchy.
"My pupils, they can’t adjust to light anymore so I’m very photosensitive now too.
"This surgery completely f***ed up my life.
"In September I was forced to go to hospital in Miami where the doctors said they had to remove the implants to save my sight because of chronic inflammation.
"In November I had emergency glaucoma surgery in both eyes.
"My vision damage is permanent, and I still have to have a cornea transplant and I have cataracts too."
Nadinne was unable to partake in photoshoots for her page and she says that the surgery has had a serious impact on her career.
"My sister became like my mom. She had to do everything for me," she said.
"After this surgery I went into a deep depression. I’m a very strong person, usually very brave and very smart, but with this I was completely stupid. I trusted the wrong person.
"Now I have the vision of a 90-year-old lady right but I’m hoping I can just keep my glaucoma under control."
Dr Eugenio Carbera, the man who carried out the initial surgery, said that he could not comment on individual cases and was unaware of Nadinne requiring any reparative procedures.
"Mrs Bruna was our patient. However, I do not know any type of treatments that have been carried out on later dates and the results or diagnoses of them.
"I can not comment and/or disclose information about patients’ cases or medical records."
Naddine has not taken any legal action against the practice due to the fact that she is not in a financial position to do so.
The model said: "It’s crazy, because even though I’ve been open about this surgery on Instagram, people are still are asking me where they can do it.
"But I don’t think surgeries are bad. I just didn’t know the risks and I made a mistake by not doing my research.
"Next month I’m going to have a surgery to reduce my boobs because I’ve lost a lot of weight this year and it’s something I have to do."
While Nadinne may continue to get surgery (even after the botched job), this story should serve as a reminder that you should never go under the knife unless you have 100 per cent confidence in the surgeon carrying out the procedure.